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Sample Courses in the Film + Animation Major

First Year
Drawing or Video Production

Second Year
Drawn Character Animation
Puppet/Stop Motion Animation
The Art of Editing
Introduction to Computer Animation

Third Year
Junior Production Workshop
Sound Design
Film + Animation Workshop
Special Effects Compositing

Fourth Year
Animation Thesis and Animation Professional Practices (or)
Senior Film Thesis I/II
Time: A Seminar

About the Curriculum


The Film and Animation program allows students to explore the possibilities of both film and animation. Students will learn film and animation techniques, explore various genres and styles, and create a capstone project of your choosing that combines film and animation in innovative ways. Working closely with award-winning, professional filmmakers and animators, and in collaboration with peers, classes are a mixture of hands-on instruction, lectures, screenings and critiques. You can take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities, and you’ll graduate with the skills to confidently pursue creative careers in both fields.

Graduates of the Film + Animation program 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

To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film + Animation, students will complete a total of 126 credits as follows:

  • 39 credits in the Film + Animation Major
  • 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
  • 6 credits in School of Film Core
  • 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
  • 12 credits in Art and Film History
  • 30 credits in the Liberal Arts
  • 16.5 credits in Free Electives