Animation students begin their academic career by building a foundation in traditional art and then focusing on advanced courses in the art of animated storytelling.


Art Meets Technology

Animation students are instructed in the core art courses — including drawing, design fundamentals, figure drawing, and sculpture before moving on to advanced 2D and 3D animation principles. In-depth courses include theatre, storyboarding, character development, sound and writing coupled with art and design. Students in the program graduate having created either an individual or collaborative project that reflects their creative and technical ability which is ideal for showcasing their skills when applying for a job.

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in:

  • Animation studios
  • Film studios
  • The gaming industry
  • The music industry
  • Advertising agencies 


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Creative Spaces Around

Our students take advantage of it all!

Join us and call the art studios your home away from home! The dedicated studios are large, contemporary, and versatile. Here is a taste of what our students get to experience:

  •  Metal Shop - MIG, TIG, ARC, and oxy-acetylene welders, a plasma cutter, dry cut saws, band saw, and sand blasting.
  •  Ceramics – Mixing clay, formulating and applying glazes, kiln firing, electric and kick wheels, plus extruders and slab rollers.
  •  Woodshop - Band saw, table saw, panel saw, radial arm saw, sliding compound miter saw, lathe, laser drill press, sanding station, and many hand tools.
  •  Painting – flexible space with many easels and taborets along with custom mixing of pigments for oil, acrylic, and encaustic paints.
  •  Printmaking - four high-end intaglio and lithograph presses, including lithography stones.
  •  Mac Lab - Mac computers with large monitors, loaded with the most recent version of Adobe CS, several digital scanners, color laser printers, large format printers, and an archival printer.
  •  Gallery Spaces – Two different gallery spaces with customizable lighting and digital projection capabilities.

Multimedia artists and animators earn an average median salary of $63,900 according to a 2015 Bureau of Labor survey.

In Demand

Studios will continue to require additional multimedia artists and animators to meet increased consumer demand.


Important skills for an animator include artistic talent, communication skills, creativity and time-management skills.

Major in Animation (60 credit hours)
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Minor in Animation (60 credit hours)
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Mr. David Boelter
Professor of Art
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Collin Byrd
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Animation
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Mary Mello-Nee
Ms. Mary Mello-Nee
Professor of Art
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