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The Animation program provides the opportunity to work through the whole animation pipeline from character design and asset creation to completed narrative animation. Curriculum includes:

  • Digital techniques for 2D and 3D animation
  • Animation for film/TV, video games, VR/AR
  • Hybrid animation techniques
  • Narrative storytelling in animation
  • Motion graphics for video
  • Preproduction and postproduction for animation
  • Animation for visual effects
  • Sound design for animation

The Animation cognate area allows students to take production courses outside the core, broadening their skills while enhancing the creative process. Students expand on their coursework with capstone projects, industry internships, study abroad opportunities and student organizations related to animation.

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Intensive experience living and working in Hollywood's media and creative industries

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 South by Southwest

Head to the annual conference in Austin, TX — the center of innovation and networking across industries

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Storytelling in Theme Parks

All-access tickets, workshops and speakers, and behind-the-scenes tours at Walt Disney World

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48-Hour Shoot-Out

Students have two days to write, direct, shoot and perfect a 5-minute film.

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Animation and Culture in Tokyo

Explore technical and narrative developments of animation while immersed in Tokyo's rich culture. 

Where will this degree take you?

Alumni who studied animation have found success in the entertainment industry and beyond. Some examples of their job titles include:


General artist and lighting artist Environment/technical artist
AV specialist  Design specialist concept artist Product designer
User interface designer Junior creative executive

Creative developer

Associate producer Production coordinator Content editor
Content creation specialist Video editor Marketing assistant
Production manager Digital media producer Multimedia artist
Animation production assistant VFX artist Texture artist
Virtual art department supervisor Motion graphics designer Web designer 
Cinematic artist Technical artist 3D artist


Featured Courses

Some of the courses you'll take include:

  • MDIA 2500 – Animation I (2D Animation)
  • MDIA 3500 – Animation II (3D Animation)
  • MDIA 4500 –Animation III (Advanced 3D Animation)
  • MDIA 4801 – Motion Graphics
  • CAPSTONE MDIA 4405 – Animation Capstone

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Contact us:

Associate Professor of Instruction + Outreach Coordinator
Schoonover Center 324