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Congratulations to all of our wonderful students in the Simulation and Game Development and Digital Effects and Animation Technology programs! You all have done so excellent in our programs and deserve special recognition for getting through advanced courses in your programs during the transition to online formats at very end! We think so highly of you and wish you all the very best! Congratulations again! ... See MoreSee Less
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New WPCC President Dr. Joel D. Welch will talk about the upcoming fall semester and take questions during our inaugural Facebook Live event on Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 p.m. Join us, meet Dr. Welch, and get answers to questions about the fall semester. ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations "Fav & Fav Films" comprised of current and former Digital Effects and Animation Technology students for Winning the Greensboro 48 Hour "Film Horror" Project. Check it out! ... See MoreSee Less
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Jonathan Crumpler

(828) 448-3544

Moore Hall, Room 324 [map]

Unlock your creative potential in VFX production media design
and through WPCC’s Digital Effects and
Animation Technology Program

Western Piedmont Community College’s Digital Effects and Animation Technology program prepares our students to compete in the high-skills market of motion graphic design and animation. Courses in the degree target up-to-date technologies and practices that help our graduates obtain careers in the fast-paced field of production media. 

Our faculty and staff are committed to offering quality instruction and resources to students in both our New Media programs. Our programs are uniquly positioned to offer skillsets that will benefit graduates who seek remote contract services that require graphics media development. 


WPCC’s Studio Facilities

Students in our Digital Effects and Animation Technology have access to state-of-the-art production facilities in which to practice their skills. Students have access to a wide assortment of production recording equipment, studio facilities and cross platform computer labs outfitted with current production software and rendering stations.

Examples of Work

Visit our Vimeo page of student work

Student Testimonial

Program Costs, Graduation & Job Placement

Estimated Total Cost
for A.A.S. Degree

Tuition & Fees: $5,427
Total Book Costs: $514.77
Total subscription for the Adobe Creative Suite over two years
(if attending remote or needing software at home): $478.00
Estimated cost for home computer station with webcam
if attending remote offerings: $2000.00

Graduation Rates

A.A.S. – 50%

Job Placement

Kevin Kiser Graduated Simulation and Game Development Spring 2021
CVCC Virtual Reality Maintenance and Instructor for Basic Skills Program Industrial Timber, LLC –
The Smart Play Research And Development Specialist-3D Content Creator

Keyera Logan Graduated Digital Effects and Animation Technology Fall 2021
Spring 2021-Marketing Coordinator for EJ Victor

Jacob Cox Completed Film and Video Production Certificate in Spring 2022
Production Animator (Contracted Services) for Catawba County Chapter for
League of Women Voters Currently still contracted through October 2022

Additional Requirements for Licensure,
Certification or Approval


So where can I work?

If you graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree or a Certificate in Digital Effects & Animation Technology at WPCC, you will be prepared for jobs such as:


  • Motion or Broadcast Designer
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Video Animator
  • Revisualization Artist
  • Film Title Designer
  • Concept Designer
  • Special Effects Artist


Positions are available in a variety of industries, including film, broadcast, internet, advertising, corporate, and educational organizations. Freelance opportunities are also available for graduates.

Statistics from ONET Online suggest that the salary (median to high) range for multimedia artists and animators in North Carolina is from $59,180 to $91,050 per year.

In addition, the WPCC Digital Effects & Animation Technology program provides opportunities for transfer to area four-year colleges and universities to complete bachelor’s degrees in related fields of study.


What You Will Study

The Digital Effects & Animation Technology program at WPCC offers you three options:

Associate in Applied Science Degree

WPCC’s two-year program has 66 hours of coursework and laboratory experiences using a variety of computer tools. It offers you the most options for potential careers, including the possibility to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.


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Digital Design & Motion Graphics Certificate

The Digital Design & Motion Graphics Certificate provides a year-long introduction to software tools, design concepts, and workflows  that use moving images and provides additional studies for related majors.


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Film & Video Production Certificate

WPCC’s Film & Video Production Certificate is a one-year introductory program that focuses on the study of software and techniques for the development of film & video projects, providing additional study opportunities for related majors.


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Fall Curriculum Classes for Entering Students


Registration for Summer and Fall Semester 2022 will begin April 4. If you need assistance with advisement or registration, please contact Jonathan Crumpler by email at or by phone at 828 448 3544. 

If you are new to WPCC, please visit our New Students page for details on enrolling. Returning students can consult the Semester Guide for information. Full details on the courses (meeting days/times, instructor, etc.)  is available on our Class Schedules page.

Spring Curriculum Classes


Registration for Spring Semester 

If you are new to WPCC, please visit our Spring Semester page for details on enrolling. Returning students can consult the Semester Guide for information. Full details on the courses (meeting days/times, instructor, etc.)  is available on our Class Schedules page.

Summer Curriculum Classes



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Like more information about WPCC’s Digital Effects and Animation program? Tell us more about yourself and we’ll be in touch.

Find Your Way at WPCC!