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23 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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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
24 Aug 2020
01 Aug 2020
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
 
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
 
Paris College Of Art
Paris, France

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 ... +

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. -
Bachelor
Full-time
3 years
English
07 Sep 2020
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
 
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
07 Sep 2020
Campus
 
Victorian College of the Arts
Melbourne, Australia

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) is focused on practical screen production with an emphasis on screenwriting, direction, and editing. The program is characterized by regu ... +

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) is focused on practical screen production with an emphasis on screenwriting, direction, and editing. The program is characterized by regular opportunities to gain practical and collaborative skills through developing your own short productions. -
Bachelor
Full-time
3 years
Jan 2021
Campus
 
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, USA +1 More

Entertainment Design is at the very heart of the visual experience of TV shows, films, commercials, video games, animation projects and theme parks.

Entertainment Design is at the very heart of the visual experience of TV shows, films, commercials, video games, animation projects and theme parks. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
Sep 2020
Campus
 
Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, USA

The Design + Animation program, offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, investigates the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative ... +

The Design + Animation program, offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, investigates the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative self-expression, and explore perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Edinboro University
Edinboro, USA

The Animation program at Edinboro University is consistently ranked among the best in the country by Animation Career Review. As a student you will have access to everything y ... +

The Animation program at Edinboro University is consistently ranked among the best in the country by Animation Career Review. As a student you will have access to everything you need to work in the field of animation, including professional studio/field film and video cameras, lights and sound recording equipment, non-linear video editing systems, animation rostrum stands, a large green screen area, Screendigital scanners, animation line testers, and both 2D and 3D computer animation work stations. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English
Aug 2020
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
Sep 2020
Campus
Online
 
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
Aug 2020
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
 
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff, United Kingdom

The BA Animation degree programme aims to: provide a platform for students to develop as World Leading, thoughtful and highly creative Animators, provide students with the kno ... +

The BA Animation degree programme aims to: provide a platform for students to develop as World Leading, thoughtful and highly creative Animators, provide students with the knowledge, skills and​ competence to equip them for a career in Animation. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Aug 2020
Campus
 
Media Design School
Munich, Germany +2 More

Visualizations, animations and VFX are an integral part of the film, television and advertising industries. In the TV and print advertising Virtually all products shown on the ... +

Visualizations, animations and VFX are an integral part of the film, television and advertising industries. In the TV and print advertising Virtually all products shown on the computer. The games industry is constantly contracting, digital film designer / interior. The fields of application for animation and VFX always conquer new industries. -
BA
Full-time
7 semesters
German
Campus
 

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