Intensive instruction and professional facilities provide undergraduate animation students the interactive production skills needed to become compelling visual storytellers.
The Animation and Motion Media bachelor's degree program instructs students in the fundamentals of animation and digital motion media, offering a flexible range of courses to deepen your skills and concentrate in a specialty. Emphasizing strength of concept in addition to graphical and cinematic quality, the goal of the undergraduate animation program is to provide the personal and professional skill set needed to thrive in a competitive creative field and express your personal artistic vision.
Animation majors can specialize in traditional narrative character
animation, in motion media art, or in interactive animation. These specializations include animated cartoons, stop-motion, digital video experiments, motion
graphics, advertising spots, special effects, storyboarding, gaming art,
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Animation graduates will have built a professional portfolio of motion media work, an essential component for success in
the professional animation industry. Our alumni have been hired by major
companies like Nickelodeon, HBO, Soup2Nuts, CloudKid, Blue Sky, Rock
Star, Film Roman, and many others.
The Animation and Motion Media curriculum offers instruction in a wide range of physical and digital tools. These 2D and 3D animation tools range from pencil sketches, to armatured puppets, to digital CGI characters. Students also become well-versed in all forms of visual storytelling, from pure abstract art to interactive games.
The BFA animation program's facilities emulate the environment of a major modern studio,
including a state-of-the-art computer lab and a multi-station
down-shoot room, with a full array of digital video, sound, and
photographic studio equipment
Undergraduate animation majors are taught by a renowned faculty of professional practitioners, providing dedicated and personalized instruction that challenges students to grow and refine their artistic visions and styles of expression.
Alternative Currents is an inter-disciplinary course that invites students to engage with films and videos made by directors and artists working outside and in opposition to the established norms or conditions of mainstream film.
Success in the animation field depends upon a solid, fundamental knowledge of business standards and practices in order to build a career. This course addresses such issues as strategies in seeking employment, copyright, taxes, contracts, and the studio workplace.
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Associate Professor of Animation and Motion Media
Adjunct Faculty, Digital Filmmaking
Video and Animation Department
Animation and Motion Media
Animation and Motion Media BFA
Animation Professional Certificate
Digital Filmmaking BFA
Digital Video Minor
All Art and Design Majors and Minors
Liberal Arts and General Education
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Animation graduate, Tim Smith (class of 2016), is seeing the world from a whole new perspective.
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