Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Animation BA

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation Program at the University of Saint Francis recruits and graduates creative individuals who use many forms of digital media to tell stories for a changing and diverse public. Through a focus in animation, visual effects, motion graphics and concept art, students are prepared for a dynamic and diverse work force.

Concentrations

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation program offers two concentrations:

  • Character Animation
  • Visual Effects

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students in the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Art program will:

  • Demonstrate and understand diverse solutions to media messaging and consequences in animation, motions graphics, visual effects and concept art.
  • Demonstrate technical skills, perceptual development, and understanding of animation, motion graphics, visual effects and concept art and other principles of visual design to achieve basic visual communication using one or more media.
  • Demonstrate the basic ability to show relationships between media, message and audience and how messaging contributes to use and interpretation.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify differences among audiences/users and an understanding of how audience/user values and behaviors are reflected in the production of animation, motion graphics, visual effects and concept art.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of practice, history, theory, criticism, and technology and the tools and techniques of research, scholarship, and communication in the production of scholarly analytical work about animation, motion graphics, visual effects and concept art.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the critical perspectives in the evaluation of animation, motion graphics, visual effects and concept art including the history of ideas about the role of media in culture and of ideas informing media practice over time.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Animation requires 128 credit hours:

  • 47-49 credit hours of general education courses
  • 48 credit hours in Major Required Courses
  • 15 hours in Concentration Courses
  • 16-18 credit hours in elective courses as needed

Program of Studies

  • Major required courses, 48 credit hours: ART 106, ART 107, ART 108, ART 180, ART 130, ART 155, ART 208, ART 218, ART 330, ART 351, ART 498. Including:
    • 9 credit hours in art history requirement: 3 credit hours from ART 109 or ART 345 and 6 hours from any of the following: ART 110, ART 235, ART 335,ART 339, ART 340, ART 348, ART 358, ART 359, or ART 431/432
    • 9 credit hours from core communication courses: COMM 330, COMM 335
  • Concentration, 15 credit hours:
    • Visual Effects: COMM 335, COMM 341, ART 315, ART 428
    • Character Animation: ART 334, ART 201, ART 316, ART 457
  • General education, 47-49 credit hours with directed courses including ART 109 and ART 498
  • Electives, 16-18 credit hours

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Animation must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements.

Progression Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Animation complete a sophomore portfolio review.

Graduation Requirements

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Animation complete a senior portfolio review.