Apr 04, 2020
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.
In addition to supplemental classes, students take a six-semester sequence of courses (fall and spring) focused in 3D animation. The final two semesters of the six-semester sequence culminate in a two-semester capstone experience in which each student creates a project of their own design to serve as a primary item in their creative portfolios.
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:
- 45 hours completed before applying for candidacy
- Grade of C (2.00) or better in each of the following pre-candidacy courses:
EMC 1020 /JOUR 1020 /RIM 1020
PHOT 1050 /EMC 1050
- Math course satisfying General Education requirements.
- Minimum overall GPA in pre-candidacy and Math coursework of 2.50.
- In addition to the above requirements, candidacy will be granted to students earning a score of 90 or better on the Animation Candidacy Evaluation. A limited number of additional students may be granted candidacy based upon candidacy score and available resources.
- Animation Candidacy Evaluation uses a 100-point scale composed of 60 percent portfolio review and 40 percent grade point average (GPA) on required pre-candidacy and math courses.
- The student’s portfolio may be composed of work from classes and personal projects. Portfolios will be scored on a 60-point scale. Suggested work samples include
- traditional art such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, etc.,
- still digital art,
- animation of any form or format,
- other creative work to demonstrate the student’s creative and aesthetic competency as it applies to the fields of Animation.
- The student’s GPA for required pre-candidacy and math courses will be multiplied by 10 for a maximum score of 40 points.
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.
The following course is required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:
- RIM/JOUR/EMC 1020 (Soc/Beh Sci)
Major Requirements (52 hours)
Animation Requirements (43 hours)
Computer Literacy Requirement (3 hours)
Total hours in program: 120
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
- ANIM 4310 - Animation and Performance 3 credit hours
- Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
- Upper-division ART elective 3 credit hours
- Media and Entertainment elective 3 credit hours
- Elective or Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
- ANIM 4410 - Animation Seminar II 3 to 4 credit hours (4 credit hours required)
- Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
- Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
- Elective 3 credit hours