Oct 27, 2020  
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-20 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Animation, B.S.

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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.

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:

  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. 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.
  4. 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.
    1. 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
      1. traditional art such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design, etc.,
      2. still digital art,
      3. animation of any form or format,
      4. other creative work to demonstrate the student’s creative and aesthetic competency as it applies to the fields of Animation.
    2. The student’s GPA for required pre-candidacy and math courses will be multiplied by 10 for a maximum score of 40 points.

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.

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)

Art Minor (18 hours)

Computer Literacy Requirement (3 hours)


  • To make 120 hours

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.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Freshman Spring

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • 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

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Fall

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • 3 to 4 credit hours (4 credit hours required)
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 14 Hours

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