Frequently Asked Questions

What sort of careers can an animation program graduate look to pursue?

Graduating students find a wide range of careers with limitless possibilities for specialization in the field of animation. Some of the careers most commonly establish include:

  • Filmmaking
  • 3D Animation
  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Motion Graphics Design
  • Character Rigging
  • Storyboard Art
  • Background Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Game Design

How is the Philadelphia University animation program different than other colleges and universities?

At Philadelphia University, our animation program is well-rounded and balanced to provide graduates with both the capabilities of being a successful filmmaker with future potential to work at some of the largest studios as well as provide diverse applications of skillsets common in industries such as: broadcast media, aerospace, marketing, pharmaceutical, gaming and medical technology to name a few.

What sort of technology will I learn to use in this program?

Some of the software and technology included in this program include:

  • Wacom tablets & pens
  • Digital cameras & video equipment
  • AutoDesk Maya
  • Apple Final Cut Pro
  • Maxon Cinema 4D
  • Toonboom Studio
  • Audacity
  • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Photoshop
    • Illustrator
    • Flash
    • After Effects
    • Premier Pro
    • Soundbooth

How do I apply?

Philadelphia University subscribes to a “rolling admissions” policy. Rolling admissions means that there is no set application deadline. For more information contact the Office of Admissions directly.  You can apply online by clicking here.

Is there a portfolio requirement as part of the Admissions process?

No, there is not a portfolio requirement as part of Admissions process for incoming freshman to Philadelphia University. However, there may be a portfolio requirement for transfer students. For more information, contact admissions or the program director. In addition, there is a portfolio requirement to exit the program, as a portfolio is a required component to graduate from the Interactive Design & Media program.

What type of degree is offered in Interactive Design & Media program?

The Animation curriculum culminates with a Bachelors of Science degree.

Do I need to bring a computer? What kind?

Students entering Philadelphia University are required to have their own mobile computer (examples include: laptop, net­book, iPad, etc). While these computers are not meant to replace the specialized hardware and software students will use as part of their coursework, these devices will permit students to work virtually anywhere on campus—allowing for even greater integration of technology into the instructional experience.

Please focus on our basic requirements: mobility, web browsing, email access, and the capability to use word processing, spreadsheet and presentation applications.

Philadelphia University is committed to supporting the computer labs in the classrooms with up-to-date hardware and the latest industry-standard software.

How do I get to campus?

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