Apr 26, 2018  
2014-2015 University Catalogue 
2014-2015 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animation, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Karl Staven \ kstaven@uarts.edu \ 215.717.6552
Program Director


The Animation program prepares students to work in computer, traditional, stop-motion, and experimental animation. The basic principles of animation can be applied to all forms of image and object manipulation. The program grounds its graduates in a strong understanding of timing and motion, and a thorough understanding of the wide variety of techniques available to current professional animators. Animation majors obtain a solid background in life drawing  and traditional modes of animation, as well as 2D and 3D computer animation. Animation majors choose the production area(s) in which to focus as they construct both a Junior short film and their Senior thesis films.

Program Objectives

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation will:

  • have a knowledge with the full range of animation techniques and styles, including traditional cell animation, computer-generated imagery, stop-motion, and hybrid forms;
  • develop their drawing skills and be able to create two and three-dimensional imagery in a variety of ways;
  • sharpen their understanding of the use of sound as a critical component in moving image art
  • develop skills to suggest volume in two-dimensional media;
  • understand how to show perspective and to place objects into created or recorded spaces;
  • know how to work with actors and voice talent;
  • understand narrative and non-narrative animation strategies;
  • know how to work on both personal pieces and client driven work; and
  • develop collaboration skills.

Program Requirements (126 credits)

University Common Curriculum (4.5 Credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD College Core (18 credits)

Required CAMD Core


  • Select 1 course from subjects: IMAG or TIME


  • Select 1 course from subjects: OBJT or ENVI


  • Select 2 courses from subjects: IMAG, TIME, OBJT, or ENVI

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework during their first three semesters.  Students are free to select courses from any school or cross-college program.  Refer to the CAMD School Core  page for additional information.

Discipline History (12 credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject PIPT
  • Select 1 course from subject PITC

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject SIFT

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • ARAB (Arabic), FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • MATH (Math), SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    • STCU (Cultural Studies), STDA (Dance Studies), STGS (Gender & Sexuality Studies),
      STMU (Music Studies), STPF (Performance Studies) 
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (16.5 credits)

  • Complete 16.5 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.