Animation Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

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. Animation majors 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.

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Why should I earn an animation degree?


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.

Use Your Talents

Put your artistic, communication, creative, and time management skills to work.

What Can I Do With an Animation Degree

  • Studio animator
  • Film animator
  • Video game artist
  • Graphic designer

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On Campus

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Why study animation at BVU?

Creative Spaces Abound

BVU’s dedicated studios are large, contemporary, and versatile. Students have easy and ample access to:

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.

Metal Shop – MIG, TIG, ARC, and oxy-acetylene welders; plasma cutter, dry cut saws, band saws, 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 – A flexible space with many easels and taborets along with custom pigment mixing for oil, acrylic, and encaustic paints.

Printmaking – Four high-end intaglio and lithograph presses, including lithography stones.

Gallery Spaces – Two different gallery spaces with customizable lighting and digital projection capabilities.

BVU seeks to unite students with artists, innovators, and creators to mentor and inspire Beavers while showcasing their own talents and work. Artist-in-Residence Program

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Join a Welcoming Community. Share Remarkable Experiences.

MORGAN MCGREW, Class of 2018

During his time at BVU, Morgan McGrew spent five months shooting a series of stop-motion animation commercials for BVTV, the student-run television station. His love for animation resulted in him winning a coveted Student Crystal Pillar Award from the Upper Midwest Emmy Chapter.

I was inspired to create them from my love of animation. I feel super proud. A lot of intense patience and handiwork went into these promos. I'm so glad they were received so well.

Animation Courses

  • Major in Animation (57 credit hours)
  • Minor in Animation (24 credit hours)

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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