Mar 21, 2018  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog

Animation, B.S.

Department of Media Arts  
Kevin McNulty, program coordinator

The Animation major is designed for those who wish to work professionally in animation and/or imaging, including character animation, video games, motion graphics, visual effects, simulation and visualization, and image manipulation. This program blends theoretical and hands-on approaches to traditional and digital animation. Students are encouraged to complete their education with internships in professional settings.

The major requires a minor in Art as described below.

NOTE: Students must earn a C (2.00) or better in each course in the college in order to graduate.

Admission to Candidacy

 To be admitted to candidacy in Animation, the student must meet the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours completed before applying for candidacy
  2. Grade of C (2.00) or better in each of the following pre-candidacy courses:

EMC 1020 /JOUR 1020 /RIM 1020  

ART 1610  

ART 1620  

EMC 2120  

ANIM 1300  

ANIM 2300  

PHOT 1050 /EMC 1050  

  1. Math course satisfying General Education requirements.
  2. Minimum overall GPA in pre-candidacy and Math coursework of 2.50.
  3. Candidacy score using the following criteria
    1. Overall Pre-Candidacy and Math courses GPA x 10 (40 points)
    2. Portfolio Review based on work from classes and personal (60 points)
      1. Traditional Art (drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, design, other)
      2. Still Digital Art (digital)
      3. Animation (2D, 3D, stop motion, other)
      4. Other
    3. Candidacy scores will be calculated using the following formula:
      1. (Overall Pre-Candidacy and Math courses GPA x 10) + Portfolio Scoring Sheet = 100 points)
      2. 40 points + 60 Points = 100 points
  4. Candidacy will be granted to students earning a score of 90 or better. A limited number of additional students may be admitted each semester based upon admissions score and available resources.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Animation, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (48 hours)

Animation Requirements (39 hours)

Art Minor (18 hours)

Computer Literacy Requirement (3-4 hours)

Electives (9-13 hours)

  • Depending on General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course selection

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Animation

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Fall

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

  • ANIM 4400 - Animation Seminar I 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Media Arts elective 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Senior Spring

Subtotal: 13 Hours