Jun 20, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Animation, B.A.

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The B.A. in Animation requires 54 credit hours of study.  Students may choose the B.A. degree or be placed in the B.A. program after portfolio submission upon application to the program.  Students completing the B.A. will have the opportunity to strengthen their character drawing and design skills and reapply for the BFA program after their first 3 -4 semesters.  


A B.A. in Animation combined with a minor in another program provides students with a broad education in the field of animation giving students opportunities in career options within and outside of animation. The B.A. requires two courses (8hrs) of a foreign language.

Portfolio Material for Application to Animation BA & BFA

Requirements for animation majors:

  1. Please submit only digital work in the form of digital file images in either .jpg or .png file formats for images and .mov files for movies. Providing links to a personal YouTube or Vimeo channel for movie files is also acceptable.
  2. Minimum 10 works/ maximum 15 works.*
  3. Digital slides accepted on Google Drive or Dropbox. Please provide a link.
  4. Digital slides must have a corresponding slide list with the following information: the title of the piece, medium, size of the artwork and the date of completion.
  5. Letter of intent addressed to the Selection Committee explaining what concentration you wish to study (2D animation or CG animation, who you are, contact information, etc.)

There can be multiple images on a single page, but nothing too small, please. Sketches and exploratory work, along with the final piece is encouraged. Rendered drawings are not as important. Here is a list of what we would like to see in order of importance, specifically, for the B.A. and BFA in Animation programs:

  • Animation reel or animation tests
  • Figure drawings/ gesture drawings (or sketches of people doing things around you)
  • Animal drawings or sketches
  • Sketchbook pages that you like
  • CG models (figures or objects)
  • Paintings and architectural renderings
  • Character designs
  • Caricatures or illustrations

After the review of the portfolio, applicants will receive an email stating whether they will be in the BFA or BA, or in some cases students simply do not have the drawing skills necessary to major in Animation.  Applicants who do not get into the Animation program should discuss other options with their admissions counselor. 

Portfolios should be submitted to the Bison portal during the admissions process.

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