Animation (B.S.)


The mission of the Animation and Digital Media program is to instruct students to become professionals who produce animation for broadcast, feature films, simulations, industrial applications and interactive venues such as the web, video games and museum exhibits. Through a mix of projects ranging from industry applications like modeling new devices and technology to fully articulated 3D characters, students combine their foundation in design with in-depth studies of motion, storytelling and the history of the medium.

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who graduate from the animation program will:

  • Develop a rich and rigorous creative process for animated work.
  • Apply robust technical knowledge and a firm grasp of narrative and principles of design to the execution of digital media.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and entrepreneurialism in the course of their animation careers.
  • Analyze animated work with an informed understanding of history and culture.

Program Description

You will be immediately immersed in the Philadelphia University design community, taking classes with graphic designers, interactive designers, fashion designers and architects. During your first year, you will establish strong visual thinking and conceptual skills common to most art and design fields.
During your second year, you will begin to learn production and storytelling while improving design and communication skills in classes covering typography, hierarchy and image-making.

In your third year, you will learn essential 3D filmmaking using industry standard software to design, model and animate compelling 3D characters and environments. You will use 3D imagery while studying motion graphics, combining type, video and 2D imagery to create uniquely designed visual narratives. Animation studies are infused with the principles of animation design and regular screenings of historic and contemporary examples.
You will be able to focus your interests through electives in video production, photography, illustration, and gaming; and can supplement your education through internships, design job fairs, study abroad opportunities, and memberships in professional organizations.
In your final year, you will explore advanced 3D and 2D studies as you plan and implement a short film as your capstone project – which you get to publicly exhibit alongside your fellow design colleagues at the end of the year. Encompassing every phase of production, this film culminates your animation and digital media education.

Outcome upon Graduation
Animation and Digital Media majors leave school with an in-depth knowledge of design, storytelling dynamics and technical skills required to flourish in the animation field. With this degree, graduates find careers in a number of industries, including advertising, film, television, gaming and more. The collaborative nature of the program allows students to discover their preferred field, while preparing them to work in conjunction with professionals from various disciplines.