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Animation Major

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Major in Animation & Visual Effects

The bachelor of arts in animation offers four years of study in animation (both 2-D and 3-D) and visual effects for movies, television and the web. You’ll learn the art of animation and develop skills in storyboarding, character development, modeling, level design, game design and texture mapping, just to name a few. You’ll also create effects for the mobile, online, broadcast and film industries.

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The B.A. in animation is designed to model a real-world production environment, and we place a strong emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary study. During your four years, you will work with screenwriters and filmmaking students in courses to create works for the big and small screen. Within this incubator environment, you will have the opportunity to work on dozens of production projects.

Animation & Visual Effects Courses

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major. Some of the courses in the program include:

  • Classical Animation
  • Designing for Commercial Media Platforms
  • Illustrating for Electronic Media
  • Intermediate and Advanced Animation
  • Intermediate and Advanced Visual Effects
  • Intro to Digital Tools and Techniques
  • Sound for Digital
  • Stop Motion Workshop
  • Theory of Game Design
  • Web Media Development

For a comprehensive list of program requirements and course descriptions, see the program guide links at the top of the page and the Cinema Arts course descriptions.

"ANIMATION CAN EXPLAIN WHATEVER THE MIND OF MAN CAN CONCEIVE." ~ Walt Disney

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