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

Students must complete 22 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Core Requirements
ARFD 100Perceptual Drawing3
ARFD 101Process and Media I - Surface3
ARFD 102Drawing as Research3
ARFD 103Color and Light3
ARFD 104Process and Media II—Space3
Program Core Requirements
ARFD 106Digital Literacy3
ARFD 200Process and Media III—Time3
ARHT 102Visual Culture3
ARHT 201History of Design3
ARFD 400Art and Design Forum3
ARHT 101Art in Non-Western Societies3
or ARTX 201 Culture and Appearance
ARHT 105Art in Western Civilization: Ancient Through Medieval3
or ARHT 106 Art in Western Civilization: Renaissance through Modern
Major Requirements
ARIL 101Introduction to Animation and Illustration3
ENTR 201The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation3
ARIL 2023D Character Building3
ARHT 282History of Animation and Illustration3
ARIL 200Digital Painting Methods3
ARIL 2622D Animation3
ARIL 310Compositing I3
ARIL 225Art of the Visual Narrative3
COED 401Cooperative Education Experience I3
ARIL 422Final Project I4
ARIL 423Animation/Illustration Thesis II4
Animation or Illustration Track
Select one of the following tracks:24
Animation Track
Complete 5 courses:
3D Animation
Visual Effects/Compositing II
Interactive Game Development I
Animation: Game Development II
Animation: Collaborative Production
Complete 3 courses from the following:
Digital Filmmaking I
Introduction to Screenwriting
Life Drawing, Beginning I
Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship
Painting Methods
Experimental Animation
Creating Your Startup Business Model
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Illustration Track
Complete 5 courses:
Painting Methods
Life Drawing, Beginning I
Illustration Studio: Concepts
Illustration Studio II: Cartooning
Illustration Studio III: Editorial
Complete 3 courses from the following:
3D Animation
Visual Effects/Compositing II
Professional Business Practice for Illustration
Interactive Game Development I
Creating Your Startup Business Model
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Total Credits95