Animation and Illustration Major (B.F.A.)

The Animation/Illustration Major is an interdisciplinary program balancing traditional forms of creative storytelling with state-of-the-art technology. This approach prepares students for challenging careers in areas such as 2-D and 3-D animation, advertising, book and editorial illustration, and comic and children’s book art. The program is based in the Department of Art and Design. For further information, go to: Animation/Illustration (BFA)

Program Requirements Overview

A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Fulfilled in the major.
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture
Modern Visions 1400-1945
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Digital Painting Methods (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits16

Major Requirements

Core
ARFD 101Surface3
or PRDN 100 Design Visualization I - Concept Sketching
ARFD 103Color and Light3
VIST 102Visual Culture3
VIST 105Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture3
or VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945
VIST 109Special Topics in Global Art Cultures3
Core Elective
Complete one course from the following:3
Perceptual Drawing
Drawing as Research
Space
Anatomical Drawing for Product Designers
Major Requirements
ARIL 101Introduction to Animation and Illustration3
ARIL 200Digital Painting Methods3
ARIL 2023D Character Building3
ARIL 225Art of the Visual Narrative3
ARIL 261Character Design for 2D Animation3
ARIL 2622D Animation3
ARIL 310Motion Graphics-Compositing I3
ARIL 422Final Project I4
ARIL 423Animation/Illustration Thesis II4
VIST 282History of Animation and Illustration3
Track
Complete the Animation Track or the Illustration Track. See requirements below.39
Total Credits89

Animation Track

Required Courses
ARIL 301Industry Preparation3
ARIL 302Intermediate 3D Modeling3
ARIL 3213D Character Rigging3
ARIL 325Interactive Game Development I3
ARIL 330Visual Effects/Compositing II3
ARIL 360VFX, Lighting, and Rendering3
ARIL 362Intermediate 2D Animation3
ARIL 421Advanced 3-D Computer Illustration and Animation Arts3
ARIL 425Animation: Game Development II3
ARIL 455Animation: Collaborative Production3
Electives
Complete three courses from the following:9
Intermediate Digital Painting Methods
Products and Zines
Type and Image
Animated Illustration
Concept Design for Gaming
Professional Business Practice for Illustration
Animated Development and Pitch Bible
Cooperative Education Experience I
Introduction to Innovation and 3D Printing
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Total Credits39

Illustration Track

Required Courses
ARIL 300Intermediate Digital Painting Methods3
ARIL 311Illustration Studio II: Cartooning3
ARIL 312Products and Zines3
ARIL 315Illustration Studio: Concepts3
ARIL 323Type and Image3
ARIL 335Animated Illustration3
ARIL 349Concept Design for Gaming3
ARIL 350Professional Business Practice for Illustration3
ARIL 401Illustration Studio III: Editorial3
ARIL 430Advanced Illustration3
Electives
Complete three courses from the following:9
Industry Preparation
Intermediate 3D Modeling
3D Character Rigging
Interactive Game Development I
Visual Effects/Compositing II
Animated Development and Pitch Bible
VFX, Lighting, and Rendering
Intermediate 2D Animation
Introduction to Innovation and 3D Printing
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Total Credits39

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Fulfilled in the major.
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture
Modern Visions 1400-1945
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Digital Painting Methods (Fulfilled in the major.)
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
Total Credits16

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Special Topics in Global Art Cultures (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Animation Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
World Language I 3
ARFD 101 Surface 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
World Language II 3
ARIL 101 Introduction to Animation and Illustration 3
VIST 105
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture
or Modern Visions 1400-1945
3
ARFD Elective 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
ARIL 200 Digital Painting Methods 3
ARIL 261 Character Design for 2D Animation 3
VIST 282 History of Animation and Illustration 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
ARIL 202 3D Character Building 3
ARIL 225 Art of the Visual Narrative 3
ARIL 262 2D Animation 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
ARIL 300 Intermediate Digital Painting Methods 3
ARIL 310 Motion Graphics-Compositing I 3
ARIL 315 Illustration Studio: Concepts 3
ARIL 323 Type and Image 3
 Credits15
Spring
ARIL 311 Illustration Studio II: Cartooning 3
ARIL 335 Animated Illustration 3
ARIL 349 Concept Design for Gaming 3
ARIL 350 Professional Business Practice for Illustration 3
VIST 109 Special Topics in Global Art Cultures 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ARIL 312 Products and Zines 3
ARIL 401 Illustration Studio III: Editorial 3
ARIL 422 Final Project I 4
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
ARIL 423 Animation/Illustration Thesis II 4
ARIL 430 Advanced Illustration 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120

Illustration Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing 3
World Language I 3
ARFD 101 Surface 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
 Credits16
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
World Language II 3
ARIL 101 Introduction to Animation and Illustration 3
VIST 105
Global Foundations in Art and Visual Culture
or Modern Visions 1400-1945
3
ARFD Elective 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
ARIL 200 Digital Painting Methods 3
ARIL 261 Character Design for 2D Animation 3
VIST 282 History of Animation and Illustration 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
ARIL 202 3D Character Building 3
ARIL 225 Art of the Visual Narrative 3
ARIL 262 2D Animation 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
ARIL 300 Intermediate Digital Painting Methods 3
ARIL 310 Motion Graphics-Compositing I 3
ARIL 315 Illustration Studio: Concepts 3
ARIL 323 Type and Image 3
 Credits15
Spring
ARIL 311 Illustration Studio II: Cartooning 3
ARIL 335 Animated Illustration 3
ARIL 349 Concept Design for Gaming 3
ARIL 350 Professional Business Practice for Illustration 3
VIST 109 Special Topics in Global Art Cultures 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
ARIL 312 Products and Zines 3
ARIL 401 Illustration Studio III: Editorial 3
ARIL 422 Final Project I 4
Major Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Credits16
Spring
ARIL 423 Animation/Illustration Thesis II 4
ARIL 430 Advanced Illustration 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits120