Animation (BFA)

About the Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Animation provides a broad array of experience and training in 3D digital animation, supported by traditional art and animation principles. Grounded in a strong foundation of narrative arts training and courses in film history and theory, graduates of this program are uniquely equipped to flourish in both the technical and creative aspects of animation production. Students also take a series of courses to develop a professional portfolio of work, preparing for both a required internship and a career in animation following graduation.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of animation and cinematic theory
  • Develop discipline-specific skills in a particular field of animation
  • Prepare to work professionally with animation and media-related industries


Students majoring in animation will complete a variety of courses to strengthen their skills in storytelling, collaboration, and design and will also receive mentorship and instruction to help them cultivate a rich portfolio and pitch original work to clients after graduation.

Example courses include: 

DIGI 3321: Art Foundations for Digital Artists
NARR 1300: Narrative Arts
CINE 2100: Storytelling in Cinema
DIGI 3350: Principles of cinema and Animation
DIGI 3351 & 3352 : Animation Production I and II
NARR 3310: Portfolio, Pitching, Networking
DIGI 4351 & 4352: Advanced Animation I and II
DIGI 4199: Senior Portfolio

Degree Plan

[PDF] BFA in Animation Degree Plan