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College of Art, Media & Design
School of Film
Liberal Arts Distribution
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The Animation program supports traditional hand-drawn, 3D computer, stop motion and any animation techniques that can be imagined or explored. If you create something or just picture it in your head, it can be animated. If you look around, you will see animation everywhere. Animation is showing at theaters, on television, moving on your phone, all over the web, even once static billboards are now animated. Animation entertains, informs, illustrates, and is always in front of our eyes.
Students will explore the variety of techniques available to the current animator, hone traditional skills, learn how to tell engaging stories, create memorable characters, and bring things to life that have never existed before. Our alums work on blockbuster special effects films, animated television series, commercials, and video games in a variety of roles - from director to storyboard artist. As an undergraduate you’ll get to make both a junior animated film and a senior animated thesis. The skills learned as an Animation major will allow you to adapt and create quality content as ideas become even more valuable than the techniques needed to present them.
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation will:
- Develop the ability to articulate and realize a strong personal artistic vision - combining informed meaningful content creation with unique visual approaches to produce engaging sound/image work.
- Master both traditional and digital animation skills and concepts; utilizing motion and time understanding with drawn, stop motion, and computer generated creative practices.
- Demonstrate critical and analytical thought couched within a historical context; and be able to communicate this using written, visual, oral, web or hybrid means.
- Learn to collaborate with artists, peers, and professionals; effectively managing time, planning, and work relationships.
Academic plans provide a semester by semester suggested course sequence. Plans can be customized through discussions with academic advisors.
Program Requirements (126 credits)
CAMD College Core (18 credits)
Complete two of the following groups:
CAMD School Core (6 credits)
All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework after completing Core Studies. Students are free to select courses from any school or college-wide program.
Illustration (College-Wide Program)
Major Requirements (39 credits)
Discipline History (12 credits)
Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)
First Year Writing (6 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.