B.A. Degree in Animation {17-18}

B.A. Degree in Animation

The Animation major concentrates on the creation of technical graphics, 3D modeling, and techniques used in the animation industry, including game graphics and 3D simulations. Classes also include film studies and video/audio production. Graduates may find employment with animation studios, video production houses, television stations, music industry, multimedia, web, and advertising agencies. To receive the B.A. Degree in Animation, the student must meet the minimum university requirements and specific requirements for the program. Completion of 120 credits is required for this degree which includes the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core (42 credits).

Admission Requirements

A major GPA of 2.5 and completion of all 100 and 200 level courses in the major prior to advancing to the 300 and 400 level coursework.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • In production classes, students will utilize three phases of animation (pre-production, production, and post-production) in the creation of animated projects.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of animation history, animation theory, production, and post-production aesthetics.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of animation principles, practices and techniques. These include: specialized use of animation lexicon, traditional stop motion animation (including cinematography principles, lighting and sound elements, directing, producing and editing concepts), motion graphics and computer animation.
  • Students will examine and analyze animation texts and articulate conclusions as to their historical and critical values.
  • Students will integrate evaluation and theory with research/production skills in the creation of a capstone project for academic public presentation.

Program Delivery Mode
Land plus: face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required

Core Requirements ( 40 credits )

ANIM 113 MAYA (3)
ANIM 216 3D Modeling (3)
ANIM 316 3D Animation (3)
ANIM 416 Animation Studio (3)
ANIM 366 Motion Graphics (3)
FILM 100 Technical Training: Video Production (1)
FILM 172 Video Production (3)
FILM 280 History of Film (3)
FILM 280S Studio in Film History (1)
FILM 281 Film Appreciation (3)
FILM 281S Studio in Film Appreciation (1)
FILM 375 Animation Techniques (3)
FILM 480 Film Theory and Criticism (3)
FILM 492A Senior Seminar Project Development (1) *was FILM 402
FILM 492B Senior Seminar (3) *was FILM 496
GCOM 255 Beginning Computer Graphics (3)

Designated Writing Intensive Course for Major
FILM 480 Film Theory and Criticism

Restricted Electives ( 12 credits )

Choose 12 credits from the following list:

ART 101 Basic Drawing I (4)
ART 170 Art Appreciation (3)
COMM 230 Photography (3) or
ART 203F Photography (4)
ENGL 285 Scriptwriting (3)
ENGL 286 Writing for the Workplace (3)
ENGL 288 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
ENGL 388 Creative Writing (3)
FILM 200 Technical Training: Beginning Filmmaking (1)
FILM 284 Beginning Filmmaking (3)
FILM 290 Topics in Film (1-3)
FILM 384 Techniques of Film Directing (4)
FILM 386 Genre Studies (3)
FILM 372 Editing Techniques (3)
FILM 378 Techniques of Producing (3)
FILM 387 Director Studies (3)
FILM 388 Topical Studies (3)
FILM 390 Topics in Film (1-3)
FILM 400 Technical Training: Intermediate Filmmaking (1)
FILM 416 Special Projects in Film (1-3)
FILM 469 Internship (1-12)
FILM 472 Advanced Video Production (3)
FILM 484 Intermediate Filmmaking (3)
FILM 490 Topics in Film (1-3)
GCOM 355 Intermediate Computer Graphics (3)
GCOM 455 Advanced Computer Graphics (3)
GCOM 457 Digital Prepress (3)
GCOM 266 Introduction to Multimedia (3)
GCOM 366 Intermediate Web Design (3)
GCOM 368 Advanced Web Design (3)
PHIL 320 Philosophy of Art (3) or
ART 320 Philosophy of Art (3)