The BFA in 3D Animation is an intensive three-year program that mimics the pace of the animation industry, where the production of animation requires a sustained effort over a concentrated period of time. Students leave the program prepared to enter the industry as independent animators or to work in a production studio.

In this program students:

  • Explore the rich fields of practical, conceptual, aesthetic and technical concerns of animation;
  • Master the technical tools, both analog and digital, required for completing animations, with a focus on 3D digital animation;
  • Acquire legal and business knowledge and skills required to work as an animator;
  • Gain a conceptual and critical understanding of the contemporary and historical traditions of animation;
  • Develop a creative practice that integrates theory and embraces experimentation.

Curriculum

Year 1 (45 credits)

Fall Credits
Animation 1: Introduction to Animation 3
Storytelling and Storyboarding 1 3
Drawing 1: Humans 3
Introduction to Art & Design 3
Critical Thinking & Writing I 3
Spring Credits
Animation 2: Digital Compositing 3
Storytelling and Storyboarding 2 3
Drawing 2: Humans 3
Drawing 3: Perspective Drawing 3
Critical Thinking & Writing II 3
Summer Credits
Animation 3: Animatics 3
Character Development 3
Drawing 4: Animals 3
Digital Tools: Advanced Adobe After Effects 3
History of Animation 3

Year 2 (45 credits)

Fall Credits
Animation 4: Advanced Animation 3
Digital Tools 2: Autodesk Maya 3
Introduction to Visual Culture 3
Anthropology 3
Anatomy 3
Spring Credits
Animation 5: Digital Environment 3
Digital Tools 3: Photoshop Digital Matte Painting 3
Sound Design 3
Copyright and Intellectual Property 3
Optics 3
Summer Credits
Animation 6: Animated Film 3
Digital Tools 4: Adobe Flash 3
Acting for Non-Actors 3
Creative Writing 3
Art History (Elective) 3

Year 3 (30 credits)

Fall Credits
Final Project 1: Idea Generation and Script Collaboration 3
Business of Animation 3
Project Management 3
General Studies Elective 3
Spring Credits
Final Project 2: Production 3
Final Project: Thesis I 3
General Studies Elective 3
Summer Credits
Final Project 3: Post-Production 3
Final Project: Thesis II 3
General Studies Elective 3

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you know that this program is right for you?

  • You are passionate about animation and want to make it your profession.
  • You are open to different cultural approaches and aesthetics to animation.
  • You want a hands-on experience that will prepare you to enter the professional world.
  • You are intellectually curious and want to forge an international network.
  • You are looking for an intensive, fast-paced educational experience.

Why is the program taught over three years, including summers?

The intensive three-year program, including summer semesters, mimics the pace of the animation industry, where the production of animation requires a sustained effort over a concentrated period of time. With this type of training, students leave the program prepared to enter the industry as independent animators or to work in a production studio.

Why study animation in Paris?

Historically, animation was born in France with Emile Reynaud doing his first screenings at the Musée Grevin a few years before the invention of cinema. With Emile Cohl, another pioneer in animation, it became an art form known as Fantasmagories, leading the way for European and French animators to create in their own distinctive style, which is very different from the dominant animation productions in the United States and Japan, the other two countries with a rich and vibrant animation industry. Students who pursue the program at Paris College of Art will benefit from the rich animation offerings in France, including the annual International Animated Film festival in Annecy, and have opportunities for connection-building thanks to PCA’s ties to the industry.

What is the background of the faculty for this program?

The 3-year BFA in Animation draws from the expertise of international faculty members in the fields of animation creation, production and distribution, and the Paris College of Art network of animation production companies.

Will there be opportunities for internships in this program?

French companies Les Armateurs, with 5 Oscar nominations for animations such as Les Triplettes de Belleville, and Folimage are part of the Hildegarde group, owned by one of the board members of Paris College of Art, and will provide internship possibilities and first-hand exposure to the industry.

How cutting edge is this program in comparison to similar programs?

It is hand-on and taught by industry professionals while respecting the academic rigors of an internationally recognized university degree.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated October 1, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Sep 7, 2020
Duration
3 years
Full-time
Price
14,000 EUR
Tuition Fee: 14,000 €/semester. Includes all school fees and is applicable for the Fall & Spring semesters for all full-time programs.
Deadline
Nov 15, 2019
Round 1: October 1. Round 2: November 15. Round 3: after November 15 (based on available spaces)
Nov 15, 2019
Round 1: November 15. Round 2: February 1.Round 3: March 15. Round 4: May 15. Round 5: after May 15 (based on available spaces)
By locations
By date
Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
End Date
Dec 17, 2022
Application deadline
Nov 15, 2019
Round 1: October 1. Round 2: November 15. Round 3: after November 15 (based on available spaces)
Start Date
Sep 7, 2020
End Date
July 21, 2023
Application deadline
Nov 15, 2019
Round 1: November 15. Round 2: February 1.Round 3: March 15. Round 4: May 15. Round 5: after May 15 (based on available spaces)

Jan 13, 2020

Location
Application deadline
Nov 15, 2019
Round 1: October 1. Round 2: November 15. Round 3: after November 15 (based on available spaces)
End Date
Dec 17, 2022

Sep 7, 2020

Location
Application deadline
Nov 15, 2019
Round 1: November 15. Round 2: February 1.Round 3: March 15. Round 4: May 15. Round 5: after May 15 (based on available spaces)
End Date
July 21, 2023

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