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26 Bachelor Programs in Animation

Many people fell in love with animated features when they were children and carried that love throughout their adult lives. Today, animation has found many new venues, including video games, educational systems, and self-published movies. Some would like to turn their love of animation into a career. A bachelor’s degree in animation gives those people an edge in the competitive animation ind… Read more

Many people fell in love with animated features when they were children and carried that love throughout their adult lives. Today, animation has found many new venues, including video games, educational systems, and self-published movies. Some would like to turn their love of animation into a career. A bachelor’s degree in animation gives those people an edge in the competitive animation industry.

What is a Bachelor in Animation? This degree generally covers both classical and computer based animation techniques.  It teaches students to give “the illusion of life” through courses in storytelling, presentation, and character development. Courses cover drawing and composition, key framing, and computer motion capture.

Most animation projects are on a short schedule and a tight budget. Project managers want animators who can come into a project and hit the ground running. A Bachelor in Animation demonstrates that a potential employee has put in the time to learn his or her craft, and is well familiar with the industry standard methods and tools. In addition, many graduates find that a solid educational grounding frees them to concentrate on their artistic expression.

Costs for this program vary widely by institution. Students can expect to pay tuition and lab fees. Remote students will need a laptop and high-speed Internet connection. The animation program generally lasts three to five years.

Many graduates work for a major studio. New hires often specialize in one aspect of animation. For traditional animation projects, the newcomers often complete the in-between frames until they became experienced enough to design the characters and produce the key frames themselves. Computer animators often specialize in either character creation (mesh generation), animation rigging, key frame animation, motion capture, texturing, or post production. Other graduates work for media or advertising firms in a variety of assignments. Smaller firms often allow employees to become a jack-of-all-trades in the animation pipeline. 

Animation students can find a number of institutions all over the world. Those in remote locations can often complete their education online. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth , United Kingdom

Are you interested in bringing your character designs and illustrative concepts to life? Our BA (Hons) Animation programme offers you a unique way to explore a whole range of ... +

Are you interested in bringing your character designs and illustrative concepts to life? Our BA (Hons) Animation programme offers you a unique way to explore a whole range of production methods, and develop your passion into a career. Our Animation programme will prepare you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need for a role in the animation industry. -
BA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Sep 2021
15 Jan 2021
Campus
 
HCA
Hereford , United Kingdom

BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation at HCA capitalises on the natural link between illustration and animation, arming you with the knowledge, inspiration and support you ne ... +

BA (Hons) Illustration & Animation at HCA capitalises on the natural link between illustration and animation, arming you with the knowledge, inspiration and support you need to make your mark on this thriving industry. -
BA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 6 years
English
Sep 2021
15 Jan 2021
Campus
 
Willem de Kooning Academy
Rotterdam , Netherlands

The term ‘animation’ is derived from the Latin word ‘anima’, which means ‘soul’. Thus, ‘animation’ literally means ‘to incite, to bring to life’. Freely translated, animation ... +

The term ‘animation’ is derived from the Latin word ‘anima’, which means ‘soul’. Thus, ‘animation’ literally means ‘to incite, to bring to life’. Freely translated, animation is the bringing across of meaning or emotion through the movement of an inanimate object. A rather more technical definition is ‘the suggestion of movement through consecutive images in changing situations’. -
Bachelor
Full-time
English
Campus
 

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AUM American University of Malta
Cospicua , Malta

The Graphic Design and Animation BA program is for students with an interest in practical applications of the visual arts. While studying graphic design and animation, you can ... +

The Graphic Design and Animation BA program is for students with an interest in practical applications of the visual arts. While studying graphic design and animation, you can express your imagination by solving visual problems. Students with strong skills in design and creative interests are excellent candidates for this program. Those who complete this degree will be well-prepared to take up the role of their choosing that tackles a broad range of industry-specific applications of design and/or animation. -
BA
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
La Salle Campus Barcelona – Universidad Ramon Llull
Barcelona , Spain

The aim of the Degree in Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) is to train professionals in the fields of animation, audiovisual and digital content.

The aim of the Degree in Animation and Visual Effects (VFX) is to train professionals in the fields of animation, audiovisual and digital content. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English, Spanish
Campus
 
Academy of Art University
San Francisco , USA

The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides students with the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose one primary area of ... +

The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides students with the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose one primary area of emphasis between visual effects, 3D modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation and stop motion, and storyboarding. -
Bachelor
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Campus
Online
 
AAS College
Thessaloniki , Greece

BA (Hons) Animation and Games Art will allow you to explore the pre-production pipeline and be able to apply animation to a wide range of media. You will study and develop tra ... +

BA (Hons) Animation and Games Art will allow you to explore the pre-production pipeline and be able to apply animation to a wide range of media. You will study and develop traditional animation techniques, plus key digital skills in 2D and 3D, while learning the core principles of character-led animation. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Falmouth University
Penryn , United Kingdom

Develop the skills needed to succeed in the booming animation and visual effects industry. Work on live briefs and hone your art and digital skills with our high-tech kit and ... +

Develop the skills needed to succeed in the booming animation and visual effects industry. Work on live briefs and hone your art and digital skills with our high-tech kit and facilities, creating films that will launch your career. We'll support you to develop original imaginative stories, master directing and producing techniques, learn the patience of stop motion and the complexity of rigging and modelling. You'll play in 2D and 3D, in physical clay and the digital world, to produce films that make a mark. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
OCAD University
Toronto , Canada

Digital Painting and Expanded Animation is a specialization of both the Integrated Media and Drawing & Painting Programs. For this Drawing & Painting specialization, y ... +

Digital Painting and Expanded Animation is a specialization of both the Integrated Media and Drawing & Painting Programs. For this Drawing & Painting specialization, you’ll focus on digital media and painting including traditional painting techniques, digital tablet painting, and animation. In this program, you’ll take the core Drawing & Painting classes but also experiment with stop motion techniques, 3D animation, and 2D visual effects for animation and painting. Beyond the technical skills, you’ll also learn to create your own ideas and artistic voice. You’ll start in the first year with Drawing & Painting and art classes and then focus on painting, digital imaging, and animation in later years. To apply to this program, you should choose Drawing & Painting and select Digital Painting and Expanded Animation as your subject of major. At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
bib International College
Bergisch Gladbach , Germany

Game development is teamwork and experts are in demand from different areas. Game designers develop the game concept and set the rules of the game. As a game artist, you work ... +

Game development is teamwork and experts are in demand from different areas. Game designers develop the game concept and set the rules of the game. As a game artist, you work closely with the designers and ensure the optical implementation, ie you design the game elements, eg. For example, characters, landscapes, buildings, and converts them into 3D models. Good game artists are characterized by ingenuity and a creative streak. -
Bachelor
Full-time
2 - 3 years
German
Campus
 
Leeds College of Art
Leeds , United Kingdom

Building on the very successful animation elements of our Graphic Design and former Digital Film, Games & Animation degrees, it enables us to focus on the very latest prac ... +

Building on the very successful animation elements of our Graphic Design and former Digital Film, Games & Animation degrees, it enables us to focus on the very latest practices, techniques and trends. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
Campus
 
University For Information Science And Technology
Ohrid , Macedonia

If you are interested in the field of computer animation, visualization, design, computer graphics and much more, the faculty of Information Systems, Visualization, Multimedia ... +

If you are interested in the field of computer animation, visualization, design, computer graphics and much more, the faculty of Information Systems, Visualization, Multimedia, and Animation is the right place for you. -
Bachelor
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Campus
 
SAE Institute UAE
Dubai , United Arab Emirates

Undertake the Bachelor of Animation at SAE and build your expertise in all facets of Animation. Students will develop fundamental skills and knowledge in this exciting industr ... +

Undertake the Bachelor of Animation at SAE and build your expertise in all facets of Animation. Students will develop fundamental skills and knowledge in this exciting industry in areas such as 3D modeling, character animation, rigging, textures, project management, teamwork, lighting, rendering, and compositing. -
Bachelor
Full-time
6 - 8 semesters
English
Campus
 
The Los Angeles Film School Online
Los Angeles , USA

Build the virtual world of your dreams. Our program will teach you 3-D modeling, character design, compositing, character animation and more. Imagine creating environments and ... +

Build the virtual world of your dreams. Our program will teach you 3-D modeling, character design, compositing, character animation and more. Imagine creating environments and characters that you can actually play. Let’s start building! -
BSc
Full-time
36 months
English
Online
 
Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

This programme aims to develop you as a creative animator. The animation route offers the opportunity to specialize in modeling, animation and composite-based applications in ... +

This programme aims to develop you as a creative animator. The animation route offers the opportunity to specialize in modeling, animation and composite-based applications in the creation of character film-making. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 

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