12 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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Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry , USA + 4 More

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
22 Jan 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
September 2020
Campus
 
Paris College Of Art
Paris , France + 2 More

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
15 Nov 2019
Campus
 
Budapest Metropolitan University
Budapest , Hungary + 1 More

Animation means to bring dead matter to life. Thus, animated filmmaking is a kind of experiment to contemplate creation… Due to its inherent source of infinite creative opport ... +

Animation means to bring dead matter to life. Thus, animated filmmaking is a kind of experiment to contemplate creation… Due to its inherent source of infinite creative opportunities, the art of -
Bachelor
Full-time
6 semesters
English
September 2020
30 Jun 2019
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 characterised by regul ... +

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (Animation) is focused on practical screen production with an emphasis on screenwriting, direction and editing. The program is characterised by regular opportunities to gain practical and collaborative skills through developing your own short productions. -
Bachelor
Full-time
3 years
January 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 semesters
English
June 2020
14 Jun 2018
Campus
 
bib International College
Bergisch Gladbach , Germany + 3 More

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 years
German
October 2020
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 years
English
September 2020
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
September 2020
Campus
 
DigiPen Institute of Technology
Redmond , USA

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation is a four-year program designed to prepare students to create artwork at the professional level. Rather than simply teac ... +

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation is a four-year program designed to prepare students to create artwork at the professional level. Rather than simply teaching students how to use current tools and software, the BFA program emphasizes the development of foundational skills that remain relevant and useful regardless of the technology or medium. -
Bachelor
Full-time
4 years
September 2020
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
August 2020
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
September 2020
Campus