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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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Berlin School Of Business & Innovation
Hamburg, Germany

The course aims to attract the best creative talent and join the fascinating world of animated filmmaking. We will ensure you reach your full potential as you work in an indus ... +

The course aims to attract the best creative talent and join the fascinating world of animated filmmaking. We will ensure you reach your full potential as you work in an industry-standard studio with state of the art facilities. You will be supported by an esteemed faculty who will guide you to find your own unique approach within the field. The curriculum incorporates the latest industry technology and meets contemporary digital standards too, ensuring you are equipped with relevant software for the field. -
BA
Full-time
3 - 4 years
English
Feb 2022
Campus
 
Arts University Bournemouth
Poole, United Kingdom

Our illustrious alumni at Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and Aardman testify to the success of our Creative Skillset accredited curriculum and production-based stu ... +

Our illustrious alumni at Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), and Aardman testify to the success of our Creative Skillset accredited curriculum and production-based studio environment. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
American University in the Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Have you always wanted to know the behind-the-scenes secrets of Pixar and Freej? This program offers aspiring animators the opportunity to create their own movie magic by fusi ... +

Have you always wanted to know the behind-the-scenes secrets of Pixar and Freej? This program offers aspiring animators the opportunity to create their own movie magic by fusing cinematic storytelling with digital technology and finding their own creative voice with close guidance and encouragement from experienced faculty and guest speakers. This degree is designed to teach students everything they need to know about animation principles, current techniques, and industry standards. Students will be primed to make their mark in this exciting field, producing work in professional, creative, and stimulating environments. Students will benefit from direct contact with highly experienced animation artists and tutorial staff and will be encouraged to develop skills across traditional and modern animation disciplines, including subjects such as figure drawing, contextual studies, and the handling of state-of-the-art digital programs. -
BSc
Full-time
8 semesters
English
Campus
 

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University of Lincoln
Lincoln, United Kingdom

Animation and Visual Effects at Lincoln offers an introduction to the innovative world of animation and visual effects through moving images, digital visualisation, and contem ... +

Animation and Visual Effects at Lincoln offers an introduction to the innovative world of animation and visual effects through moving images, digital visualisation, and contemporary narrative. The course enables students to develop into creative animators and artists with the flexibility to practise their craft in a variety of media. It covers a range of skills, including the fundamentals of animation, storytelling, performance, design, drawing, 3D modeling, 2D and computer-generated animation, compositing, animation theory, and the production of short films. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
La Salle Campus Barcelona – Universidad Ramon Llull
Barcelona, Spain

Our Degree in Animation will provide you with a solid artistic and creative grounding in the field of animation and visual effects. You will learn about the latest technologic ... +

Our Degree in Animation will provide you with a solid artistic and creative grounding in the field of animation and visual effects. You will learn about the latest technological advances in 3D animation, learn how to use them as well as acquiring a global vision of the sector and becoming an expert in VFX. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English, Spanish, Catalan
05 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Ravensbourne University London
Greenwich Peninsula, United Kingdom

Can you push the boundaries in animation? Based in the heart of London's creative district and with excellent links to industry, the course explores the interplay between move ... +

Can you push the boundaries in animation? Based in the heart of London's creative district and with excellent links to industry, the course explores the interplay between movement and narrative. You will examine how the two elements flow together to engage the audience and create a story. With opportunities for mentorships with top industry players, let our experts sharpen your natural talent and turn passion into a profession. During the course, students will acquire the technical skills and insight to succeed in a career in 2D and 3D animation. It will encourage students to think on their feet and respond to live and self-initiated briefs. Students on the course have access to industry-standard software and will produce an assessed portfolio of work. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
English
Campus
 
Budapest Metropolitan University
Budapest, Hungary

Are you interested in how a drawing becomes a motion picture, are you attracted by film tricks, video games, making apps? As an animation designer, you can become the designer ... +

Are you interested in how a drawing becomes a motion picture, are you attracted by film tricks, video games, making apps? As an animation designer, you can become the designer of complex productions in advertising, the electronic media, motion pictures, digital post - production or game design, or the specialist of a special field. -
BA
Full-time
6 semesters
English
Sep 2022
15 Jul 2022
Campus
 
Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Become a skilled and versatile animator, illustrator or interactive comic artist at Cambridge School of Art, and turn your creative ideas into a rewarding career as a visual s ... +

Become a skilled and versatile animator, illustrator or interactive comic artist at Cambridge School of Art, and turn your creative ideas into a rewarding career as a visual storyteller. -
BA
Full-time
3 years
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
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
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 2022
Campus
Online
 
OCAD University
Toronto, Canada

Learn the skills to bring your imagination to life in OCAD University’s new Experimental Animation program. OCAD U has a long history of graduating successful animators in art ... +

Learn the skills to bring your imagination to life in OCAD University’s new Experimental Animation program. OCAD U has a long history of graduating successful animators in art and film including George Dunning who directed The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine and Richard Williams who was animation director for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. More recently, alumni include computer animator Trudy Elmore and emerging VR artist Jawa El Khash. Shary Boyle, who represented Canada at the Venice Biennale, has achieved great success with her mesmerizing performances using hand-animated imagery. In this program, you’ll develop a personal artistic vision and push the boundaries of animation as a contemporary art form. You’ll mix traditional and digital media using 2D, 3D, stop-motion, digital compositing and augmented/virtual reality. At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English
Campus
 
Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Animation is one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide. It has been a huge technological development in the last decade, from traditional 2D hand-drawn to digital 3D ani ... +

Animation is one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide. It has been a huge technological development in the last decade, from traditional 2D hand-drawn to digital 3D animation. In today’s digital world, the application of animation isn’t simply restricted to films. It facilitates exciting career opportunities in various sectors like Advertising, Print media, TV production and Gaming. -
BA
Full-time
3 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 modelling, character animation, rigging, textures, project management, teamwork, lighting, rendering, and compositing. Developing a solid understanding of these areas provides students with a solid foundation and context for further study before exploring in detail the specialist areas. During your time at SAE, you will learn about industry-standard software such as Autodesk 3D MAX and the Adobe Creative Suite. You will undertake specialized units designed for students to participate in real-world projects under the guidance of expert SAE staff. With this unique teaching style, you will demonstrate your skills and technical knowledge in a collaborative and creative studio-based learning environment. -
Bachelor
Full-time
3 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
 
Campbellsville University
Campbellsville, USA

The Campbellsville program of Art & Design teaches visual literacy, communication, and expression while training you in the necessary skills, processes, and technologies t ... +

The Campbellsville program of Art & Design teaches visual literacy, communication, and expression while training you in the necessary skills, processes, and technologies to thrive in the areas of art and design. The goal of the Campbellsville University Art & Design program is to be competitive and comparable with any regional college and university; to meet the standards of any arts accrediting organization offering a B.A., B.S. or B.F.A degree; to train artists for any chosen field – drawing, painting, concept illustration, 2D and 3D animation, photography, sculpture, graphic design, commercial art, advertising, product design, pottery, talent, and ambition can lead to, without limiting the imagination. We strive to be the best CHRIST-centered visual arts program in the state of Kentucky. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus