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SACMAA - Specialized Academy of Computer Media, Arts & Animation

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Specialized Academy of Computer Media, Arts and Animation (SACMAA) is designed for students who have a passion for animation, digital art and computer media.

This program allows students to complete their A-G requirements while continually developing their skills within one of the two strands: Animation or Digital Art. SACMAA offers extended work-based learning: Cherry Hill Film Festival, college tours, internships, job shadows, professional speaker series and work-based learning field trips.

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To equip students for the digital art and animation worlds of tomorrow, today by using industry relevant practices and technology with the intention of offering career skills that set them up for success in their individual and professional lives. Students will excel in college and career readiness through work-based learning experiences, and academic standards. 


To provide students with innovations that promote communication, collaboration, creative thinking and design as a way to solve the market’s problems.




To empower students to create meaningful, impactful designs, and animations that make a positive difference in the world.


To experience hands-on approaches that allows students to actively apply the concepts and techniques learned to real-world projects, animation, and design challenges.


To learn industry tools and knowledge so they can push the boundaries of traditional animation and design, and to think outside the box.


DreamWorks Chris Kuser

Chris Kuser from DreamWorks Animation presented over Zoom to our students.  Chris Kuser works in feature development and helps decide which movies get made at DreamWorks.  He spoke to our students about his career, how he got there and what goes into making a film at DreamWorks.

Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Animation students had the opportunity to explore this brand new museum in Los Angeles devoted to the art of filmmaking. In the photo, we are standing in front of the Hayao Miyazaki Exhibit, which featured a variety of original drawings, storyboards, animation cels and more from the legendary Studio Ghibli director.


Maryann '23

"SACMAA has given me the opportunity to expand my artistic abilities in editing, graphic design, and photography."

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Mr. Rueda-Zepeda - Pathway Lead
Mr. Austin
Mr. Blackwell
Mrs. Clark-Booth
Mr. Cortes-Lopez
Ms. Equeda-Corona
Mrs. Freeman
Ms. Godfrey
Mr. Halterman
Ms. Hollis
Mr. Huizar
Mr. Jameson
Mrs. Kaur
Mrs. Lewis
Mrs. Pope
Mrs. Ruiz-Lopez
Ms. Ryan
Ms. Baez
Ms. Turian
Ms. Wilson
Mrs. Robinson
Mrs. Seecof - Dean

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