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Film & Animation (BFA)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Film & 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.

You'll also discover how your work fits into the canon of existing films and animations by studying the larger cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts of each field. Working closely with award-winning professional filmmakers and animators, and in collaboration with peers, major 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.


In the Film and Animation program, you'll explore the possibilities of both film and animation. You'll hone your skills, advance your techniques and get to know diverse genres and styles. Your studies will culminate with a capstone project of your choosing that combines both fields in innovative ways.

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.

Total credits: 120
Duration: 4 years, full time

Major requirements: 63 credits
Discipline history: 12 credits
Critical Studies: 30 credits
Free electives: 15 credits

Explore the full curriculum

To maintain academic good standing, undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0. 

Visit the university catalogue to learn more about degree requirements.

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First Year

First Year

Fall: 15 credits
Image/Time (3c)
Principles of Animation (1.5c)
Drawing: Objects & Space (3c)
Video Production (3c)
Puppet/Stop-Motion Animation (1.5c)
Writing Placement I (3c)

Spring: 15 credits
Intro to 2-D Animation (3c)
The Art of Editing (3c)
Color (3c)
Art of Sound (3c)
Writing II Placement (3c)

Second Year

Second Year

Fall: 15 credits
Intro to 3-D Animation or Special Effects Compositing (3c)
Cinematography (3c)
Sound Design (3c)
Environment, Object, Image or Time course (choose one) (3c)
The Art of Cinema (3c)

Spring: 15 credits
Sophomore Animation Piece (1.5c)
Perception of Time (3c)
Writing for Film (3c)
History of Narrative Film I or II (3c)
Thinking Through Science (3c)
Free elective (1.5c)

Third Year

Third Year

Fall: 15 credits
Storyboarding (3c)
Junior Production Workshop (3c)
Discipline history (3c)
Critical Studies (3c)
Free elective (3c)

Spring: 15 credits
Film Forum: Select Topics (3c)
Narrative Production, Intro to Documentary or Experimental Video (3c)
History of Animation (3c)
Critical Studies (6c)

Fourth Year

Fourth Year

Fall: 15 credits
Animation Thesis I and Professional Practices or Senior Thesis (3c)
Animation or Film Internship (3c)
Critical Studies (6c)
Free elective (3c)
Free elective (1.5c)

Spring: 15 credits
Animation Thesis II or Film Thesis (3c)
Critical Studies (6c)
Free elective (6c)

Faculty Spotlight

Wendy Weinberg
Wendy Weinberg

Oscar-nominated filmmaker
Michael Attie Headshot Film Faculty
Michael Attie

Film (BFA)
Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow
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Chris Mason Johnson

Film (BFA)
Most recent film as writer-director a New York Times Critics Pick
Chris McDonnell Headshot Animation Faculty
Chris McDonnell

Animation (BFA)
Animator, director and author/designer whose work has aired on Comedy Central, HBO, and Netflix

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