Apr 21, 2024  
2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [Archived Catalogue]

Film + Animation, BFA

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Karl Staven, Program Co-Director

Mike Attie, Program Co-Director



In both film and animation it’s all about the moving images. Whether creating a narrative, documentary or experimental film or a traditional, stop-motion or computer-generated animation, students work in a dynamic medium to tell the stories they feel passionate about and to express their unique, personal vision.

This major allows students to explore the possibilities of both film and animation. They will learn film and animation techniques, explore various genres and styles, and create a capstone project that combines film and animation in innovative ways.

Majors also discover how their work fits into the canon of existing films and animations, by studying the larger cultural, historical and aesthetic contexts of each field.

Working closely with award-winning professional filmmakers and animators, and in collaboration with peers, major classes are a mixture of hands-on instruction, lectures, screenings and critiques. Students can take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities, and graduate with the skills to confidently pursue creative careers in both fields.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Film & Animation BFA will demonstrate:

  • technical and aesthetic proficiency in creating films and animations
  • a developed personal, artistic vision
  • professional film and animation skills in a collaborative environment
  • critical thinking skills and analysis of various genres, and historical and cultural contexts in film and animation
  • an understanding of professional practices in the fields of film and animation

Program Requirements (120 credits)

Discipline History (12 credits)

Critical Studies (30 credits)

Composition (6-9 credits)

Students are placed into one of the following composition sequences after the completion of a writing placement exam. Students who do not complete the exam may be placed based on standardized tests scores (if available) or high school GPA.

Critical Approaches to the Arts and Culture (9 credits)

  • Select 3 courses from subject CRIT

Thinking Through Science (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject ANTH, PSYC, SOCI, or SCIE

Critical Studies Electives (9-12 credits)

Students who complete the developmental composition sequence complete 9.0 credits of CS electives; all other students complete 12.0 credits.

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
  • Select courses from  : Art History or Critical Studies Elective.

General Electives (15 credits)

  • Complete 15 credits. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.

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