May 25, 2020  
2018-2019 University Catalogue 
2018-2019 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

BFA in Film + Animation

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Karl Staven, Program Co-Director

Mike Attie, Program Co-Director



In both film and animation it’s all about the moving images. Whether creating a narrative, documentary or experimental film or a traditional, stop-motion or computer-generated animation, students work in a dynamic medium to tell the stories they feel passionate about and to express their unique, personal vision.

This major allows students to explore the possibilities of both film and animation. They will learn film and animation techniques, explore various genres and styles, and create a capstone project that combines film and animation in innovative ways.

Majors also discover how their work fits into the canon of existing films and animations, by studying the larger cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts of each field.

Working closely with award-winning professional filmmakers and animators, and in collaboration with peers, major classes are a mixture of hands-on instruction, lectures, screenings and critiques. Students can take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities, and graduate with the skills to confidently pursue creative careers in both fields.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Film & Animation BFA will demonstrate:

  • technical and aesthetic proficiency in creating films and animations
  • a developed personal, artistic vision
  • professional film and animation skills in a collaborative environment
  • critical thinking skills and analysis of various genres, and historical and cultural contexts in film and animation
  • an understanding of professional practices in the fields of film and animation

Academic Plan

Academic plans provide a semester by semester suggested course sequence. Plans can be customized through discussions with academic advisors.

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Discipline History (12 credits)

Critical Studies (30 credits)

Students will complete a writing placement exam to determine their composition sequence. Students who do not complete the exam may be placed based on standardized tests scores (if available) or high school GPA. Some students may be required to complete additional developmental coursework.

Students will complete one of the following sequences:

First Year Writing (6 credits)



Critical Approaches to the Arts and Culture (9 credits)

  • Select 3 courses from subject CRIT

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject SIFT

Critical Studies Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • 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 Critical Studies Elective.

Electives (18 credits)

  • Complete 18 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.

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