3D Modeling, Gaming, and Animation

North High's 3D Modeling, Gaming, and Animation program is divided into three specialized tracks. Once students complete their first two years in the program they have the option to specialize in up to three areas: 3D Modeling, Game Design, or Animation. These specialized courses allow students with a passion for modeling, gaming or animation to dive deeper into a subject of their choosing. Students with room in the schedules may also choose to specialize in more than one area.

Game Course Progression

3D Modeling, Gaming, and Animation Courses

First Year: Game & Simulation Foundations (8208110)

Game & Simulation Foundations is a challenging, project-based class. This class requires exceptionally high quality work and classroom participation. Students will focus on the broad concepts behind game and film design while learning the basics of storyboarding, modeling, animation, and game development. Upon the successful completion of this course, students will have received industry certification in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro, put together a resource folder to take with them into higher-level courses, and will have begun a digital portfolio that highlights their game design and animation skills.

Second Year: Game & Simulation Design (8208120)

Game & Simulation Design is only available to the second year students who have a successfully passed Game & Simulation Foundations. Students must have an interest in one or more of the following areas: 3D Modeling, Game Design and/or 3D Animation.

In this level, students will learn new programs such as Autodesk 3ds Max while adding to their expertise from the Foundations class. Students will also gain additional skills in GameMaker and game design.

Teacher recommendation is required. 

Specialized Tracks

Third Year: 3D Modeling (3D Animation Tech 1 - 8718110)

3D Modeling is only available to the third and fourth year modeling students. This is an intermediate to advanced specialized course focusing on 3D modeling for architecture, characters, and entertainment.

Students will be learning theory and technique using 3D objects in Autodesk 3ds Max and V-Ray. Topics include an architectural study, character modeling, lighting and texture/surface mapping. Students will have the opportunity to become an Autodesk Certified User in 3ds Max during this course.

Teacher recommendation is required. 

Third Year: Advanced Gaming (Game & Simulation Programming - 8208330)

Game & Simulation Programming is only available to third and fourth year gaming students and relies heavily on the foundation of knowledge learned in the first and second years. It is expected that students have intermediate knowledge of GameMaker, intermediate to high knowledge of Maya and/or 3ds Max, and have a general understanding of game design as a whole.

In this class students will learn about the history of gaming through the creation of a text based adventure game, will better understand the gaming pipeline as they create a multi-level platformer in GameMaker Studio 2, and will get a taste for 3D gaming in Unity. They will leave this course with a better understanding of what it takes to create a successful game, with a resource folder that includes various assets and information, and with several portfolio-quality pieces that showcase to colleges and employers what they know and can accomplish.

Teacher recommendation is required. 

Syllabus: Game & Simulation Programming

Third Year: Advanced Animation (Game & Simulation Graphic Artist - 8208130)

Game & Simulation 2D Graphic Development is a specialized animation course only available to third year students. The prerequisites for this course are Game & Simulation Foundations AND Game & Simulation Design. Students will take their skills to the next level as they focus on the Principles of Animation to create believable, expressive motion in both 2D and 3D. 

They will leave this course with a better understanding of the animation pipeline, with a resource folder that includes various assets and information, and with several portfolio-quality pieces that showcase to colleges and employers what they know and can accomplish. 
Students can also expect to earn industry certification in Toon Boom Harmony.

Teacher recommendation is required. 

Fourth Year: Portfolio (Game & Simulation 3D Animator - 8208140)

Game & Simulation 3D Graphic Animation is only available to fourth year students. The three prerequisites for this course are Game & Simulation Foundations, Game & Simulation Design, and a minimum of ONE of the specialized third year courses. This course will focus on the creation of an independent portfolio project that encapsulates all topics taught throughout the last three years in the program. 

In this advanced level, students can expect to gain a better understanding of the production pipeline and how to successfully execute a high-quality portfolio piece that showcases their strengths in either modeling, gaming and/or animation.

Teacher recommendation is required. 

Toon Boom Certified Associate

North High is proud to offer certification in both Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Toon Boom Harmony as a part of the 3D Design, Gaming, and Animation program. Toon Boom is the current industry standard in television animation and is widely used in the planning and production of film, games, and mobile applications.

Story Board Pro

Toon Boom Storyboard Pro is a digital storyboarding software that allows students to visually explore and organize their creative ideas. A storyboard is a series of static images displayed in sequence for the purpose of previsualizing a film, animation, or game. Storyboard Pro helps streamline the storyboarding process with a slew of specialized tools designed to help artists efficiently convey their ideas. In conjunction with Storyboard Pro, students will use Wacom drawing tablets to draw directly into the computer, allowing them to easily create and interact with their storyboards. 


Toon Boom Harmony is a 2D animation production software that allows students to create professional-quality animation. Harmony is more robust than its storyboarding partner, allowing for high quality final animation. Students have the ability to integrate 3D elements into their 2D work and can easily set up reusable assets to systematize and quicken the production process.

Some memorable productions developed using the Toon Boom software:

 Toon Boom Credits


 Picture Coming  Jennifer Curls 


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