The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film and Animation at University of the Arts in Philadelphia allows you to study both ways to use moving images—whether you want to create narrative, documentary or experimental film, or traditional, stop-motion or computer-generated animation. You’ll learn film and animation techniques, explore various genres and styles, and create a capstone project that combines film and animation in innovative ways. UArts encourages its students to cross disciplines and media. It also features courses in all kinds of other areas you might be curious about through Critical Studies courses, including writing, science, the history of your artistic discipline, and dozens of other areas that will sharpen your critical thinking skills, communication and research toolkits, and knowledge of the history and criticism of creativity.

Sample Courses in the Film + Animation Major

First Year
Drawing: Objects & Space
Writing | Placement
Writing || Placement

Second Year
Sound Design
Sophomore Animation Piece
Free elective (your choice)

Third Year
Junior Production Workshop
Critical Studies (your choice)
Film Forum: Select Topics
History of Animation

Fourth Year
Animation Thesis or Senior Thesis
Animation or Film Internship
Critical Studies
Free elective
Animation or Film Thesis

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 explore the full curriculum, click here.


Wendy Weinberg
Wendy Weinberg

Oscar-nominated filmmaker
Michael Attie Headshot Film Faculty
Michael Attie

Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow
Headshot of Chris Mason Johnson
Chris Mason Johnson

Most recent film as writer-director a New York Times Critics Pick

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