Distance Education Diploma Programs

Multimedia and Animation

Employment is expected to grow. Talented Animators and Video Editors will always have work.

Average Salary $51,530

Training time: 52 weeks

Start a career in Multimedia and Animation

Wouldn’t it be great if your everyday job felt like play? This fantasy could become YOUR reality when you take our exciting Distance Education diploma program: Multimedia and Animation.

You’ll take your design skills to a higher level and become confident using the same software the pros use such as Photoshop, Flash, ActionScript, 3DS Max and ZBrush.

We’re going to give you the tools so you can compete for jobs in web page development and the lucrative field of video game design. Our aim is to nurture your creativity and imagination through teachings of the most-up-to date software applications known to the industry.

This is not a beginner’s program as it is designed for dedicated, production-oriented individuals, who want to work independently in this exciting and creative field. Does this sound like you? Enroll for our fun program today and start playing!

What You Need to Get There

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Multimedia and Animation

Multimedia and Animation Diploma Program

Includes all of these courses:

Adobe After Effects CS6 - Digital Classroom Course
ActionScript Course
Discovering Computers 2014 Course
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Course
Adobe Flash CS6 Course
OH&S Course
ZBrush-Character Creation Course
3ds MAX 2012 Course
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MDE Provides Flexible Training and Quick Online Courses that Lead to Real Jobs

If your aim is to work in any of these fields, then THIS program is for you:

  • Character Animator
  • Content Developer
  • Environment / Effects Designer
  • Film / Video Editor
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Modeler
  • Production Assistant
  • Shading / Texture Editor
  • Storyboard Artist

Detailed Content

MDE programs contain practical, easy-to-follow lessons. Each lesson introduces fundamental skills followed by practice exercises to help you apply the material you've learned, and testing to ensure you've learned the objectives.

3ds MAX 2012

3ds Max starts by introducing and explaining its tools and functions to help you understand how the program operates. There are hands-on examples given that allow for first hand experience with the toolsets.

Through this course, you will learn that light shapes the world around us and defines shape, color, and texture. This is why light is often considered one of the most important aspects of good computer graphics. Explore the effects of lighting such as three-point lighting, ambient lighting, and common light parameters.


ActionScript is the accompanying language that Flash developers use to create applications.

ActionScript is based on scripts; scripts are simply short statements that tell Flash what to do. ActionScript statements are composed of code based on the ActionsScript language.

With ActionScript, you can write instructions that tell Flash to respond to mouse clicks and key presses a user might perform while viewing a movie or you can request information from the user and have your Flash movie respond to the information the user provides.

With ActionScript, you are able to animate objects in your movie, and combine statements to produce sophisticated interactive elements.

Adobe After Effects CS6 - Digital Classroom

Are you interested in creating motion graphics and learning the tools to manipulate test, images, audio and video?

Adobe After Effects is a standard tool for creating motion graphics that are used for broadcast television, film, and other video productions. The animations and compositing tools of After Effects are second to none; allowing you to manipulate text, images, audio and video.

Adobe After Effects CS6 lets you create artwork for a variety of uses. It is used as a tool for storytelling, creating visually appealing motion graphics that integrate into any medium to enhance a presentation, story, image, or mood. After Effects provides you with the tool to express creative ideas for video, film and broadband production.  Many video professionals consider it an essential tool in their daily work!

Adobe Flash CS6

Flash can provide high impact web experiences for a user. It can make the site come alive and turn text and pictures into an interactive and dynamic experience!

You will learn to add multimedia such as animations, sound, graphics and even movies to web pages!

You will learn concepts of Flash such as creating animations, using special effects, and using sound and video. This latest version of Flash has the ability to enhance the workspace, import Photoshop and Illustrator files, and use Flash planning and workflow processes.

Adobe Photoshop CS6

Adobe Photoshop, an image-editing program, will allow you to edit existing artwork or create new masterpieces that can be integrated into many other software applications.

This course is practical for anyone who wants to learn about editing techniques such as; how to repair and restore damaged areas within an image, combine images or create graphics. Explore tools such as Smart Objects, Smart Filters, and the Quick Selection Tool - learn to get the most out of Photoshop.

There is focus on both the artistic and technical features of Photoshop. You will progress from basic to advanced Photoshop techniques - building on the skills acquired.

Discovering Computers 2014

As technology continues to advance, computers are a part of everyday life.  This makes computer knowledge vital to success in today's world. 

To properly make full use of your computer, you will learn about the hardware needed, the best software to use, and how to navigate the Internet.  You also will discover how to input information and get information (or output) from your computer!

Learn the history of computers and the Internet to see just how far technology has advanced!


No matter what type of business or industry you work in, there’s a need for safety practices and procedures. Every year in Canada, many preventable workplace accidents occur. All workers are equally responsible to help prevent these accidents from happening.

Why wait for bad things to happen? Prepare for today.

This Occupational Health and Safety Course will explain employer and employee rights, explore roles and responsibilities as well as examine OH&S Legislation in jurisdictions throughout Canada.

ZBrush-Character Creation

Learn to work with the ZBrush sculpting and painting toolset to create believable characters.  You’ll master time honored concepts such as sculpting gesture and sighting proportion - techniques that are sure to help you to become a better artist – no matter what the medium!

Explore new ZBrush brushes and brush controls, how to sculpt complex forms with ZSketch, cool ways to costume your characters, and much, much more!

Lessons You Will Learn

Lesson 1: The 3ds Max Interface
Lesson 2: Your First 3ds Max Project
Lesson 3: Modeling in 3ds Max: Part 1
Lesson 4: Modeling in 3ds Max: Part 2
Lesson 5: Animating a Bouncing Ball
Lesson 6: Animating a Thrown Knife
Lesson 7: Character Poly Modeling: Part 1
Lesson 8: Character Poly Modeling: Part 2
Lesson 9: Character Poly Modeling: Part 3
Lesson 10: Introduction to Materials: Red Rocket
Lesson 11: Textures and UV Workflow: The Soldier
Lesson 12: Character Studio: Rigging
Lesson 13: Character Studio: Animating
Lesson 14: Introduction to Lighting: Red Rocket
Lesson 15: 3ds Max Rendering
Lesson 16: mental ray and HDRI
Lesson 1: Introduction to ActionScript 3
Lesson 2: Working with Variables and Properties
Lesson 3: Working with Functions and Methods
Lesson 4: Working with Classes and Objects
Lesson 5: Display Lists and Display Objects
Lesson 6: Working with Display Objects
Lesson 7: Communication and Events
Lesson 8: Controlling the Timeline
Lesson 9: Working with Strings
Lesson 10: Working with Text Fields
Lesson 11: Working with Math and Date Classes
Lesson 12: Working with Data Using Arrays and Objects
Lesson 13: Creating Conditional Statements
Lesson 14: Iteration and Repetition
Lesson 15: HTTP Requests and External Communications
Lesson 16: Loading External Assets
Lesson 17: Using Shapes, Masks, Blends, and Filters
Lesson 18: Dynamic Animation
Lesson 19: Working with Sound
Lesson 20: Working with Video
Lesson 1: Understanding Motion Graphics
Lesson 2: Understanding the After Effects Interface
Lesson 3: Media Management—Working with Images, Video, and Audio
Lesson 4: Creating Animation in After Effects
Lesson 5: Working with Masks, Track Mattes, and Keys
Lesson 6: Working with Text
Lesson 7: Working with Audio
Lesson 8: Working with 3D in After Effects
Lesson 9: Advanced Animation
Lesson 10: Tracking and Stabilizing Footage
Lesson 11: Working with Expressions and Scripts
Lesson 12: Outputting After Effects Projects
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Adobe Flash
Lesson 2: Drawing Objects in Adobe Flash
Lesson 3: Working with Symbols and Interactivity
Lesson 4: Creating Animations
Lesson 5: Creating Special Effects
Lesson 6: Preparing and Publishing Movies
Lesson 7: Importing and Modifying Graphics
Lesson 8: Building Complex Animations
Lesson 9: Introduction to ActionScript
Lesson 10: Using ActionScript to enhance User Experience
Lesson 11: Adding Sound and Video
Lesson 12: Developing Mobile Applications
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop CS6
Lesson 2: Learning Photoshop Basics
Lesson 3: Working with Layers
Lesson 4: Making Selections
Lesson 5: Incorporating Color Techniques
Lesson 6: Placing Type in an Image
Lesson 7: Using Painting Tools
Lesson 8: Working with Special Layer Functions
Lesson 9: Creating Special Effects with Filters
Lesson 10: Enhancing Specific Selections
Lesson 11: Adjusting Colors
Lesson 12: Using Clipping Masks, Paths, and Shapes
Lesson 13: Transforming Type
Lesson 14: Liquifying an Image
Lesson 15: Performing Image Surgery
Lesson 16: Annotating and Automating an Image
Lesson 17: Creating Images for the Web
Lesson 18: Working with Animation, Video, and Photography
Lesson 1: Digital Literacy Introducing a World of Technology
Lesson 2: The Internet; Accessing, Searching, Sharing, and Communicating
Lesson 3: Computers and Mobile Devices; Evaluating the Possibilities
Lesson 4: Programs and Apps; Using Software at Work, School, and Home
Lesson 5: Digital Safety and Security; Identifying Threats, Issues, and Defenses
Lesson 6: Inside Computers and Mobile Devices; Exploring the Components
Lesson 7: Input and Output; Examining Popular Devices
Lesson 8: Digital Storage; Preserving on Media and in the Cloud
Lesson 9: Operating Systems; Managing, Coordinating, and Monitoring Resources
Lesson 1: Glossary & Introduction
Lesson 2: The Department, The Division, and The Act
Lesson 3: Employer, Employees, and Safety Officers: Roles and Responsibilities
Lesson 4: OH&S Responsibilities for Organizations
Lesson 5: Workers’ Rights – The 4 R’s
Lesson 6: Information Regarding OH&S Legislation in Other Provinces
Lesson 1: Sculpting, from Traditional to Digital
Lesson 2: Sculpting in ZBrush
Lesson 3: Designing a Character Bust
Lesson 4: ZBrush for Detailing
Lesson 5: Texture Painting
Lesson 6: ZSpheres
Lesson 7: Transpose, ZSphere Rigging, Retopology, and Mesh Extraction
Lesson 8: ZBrush Movies and Photoshop Composites
Lesson 9: Normal Maps, Displacement Maps, Maya, and Decimation Master
Lesson 10: ZSketch and Hard-Surface Brushes


Certification exams for this program include:

What You Get

You receive all of this and more with your education

What's Included

What You Can Expect

  • Practical hands-on exercises that reinforce critical skills
  • Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned into context
  • Simulation tutorials
  • Tutorials
  • Unlimited Support