BFA: Digital Animation

students' digital animation projects

Employing technical and creative skills in practical applications of digital animation

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Animation degree prepares students for a variety of animation and animation-related careers or graduate school by providing a thorough grounding in fundamental principles and techniques. This degree focuses on intensive work in digital animation supported by a program of general studies.

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Curriculum Information

  • Animation Core (30 Credit Hours)

    ANIM 3600 - Foundation Animation
    ART 3015 - Electronic Illustration
    ART 3150 - Figure Drawing
    ART 3160 - Painting I
    ART 4024 - Motion Graphics
    ANIM 3620 - Storyboarding & Composition
    ANIM 3630 - Environments for Animation
    ANIM 3640 - Character Development
    ANIM 3650 - Digital Animation Production I
    ANIM 3660 - Digital Animation Production II

    Animation Studio (15 Credit Hours)

    Select 15 credits from among the following four repeatable classes.
    No single class in this area may be taken more than three times for credit.

    ART 4255 - Advanced Study of the Figure
    ART 4035 - Concept Art
    ANIM 4630 - 3D Animation Modeling
    ANIM 4650 - Digital Animation Studio


  • It is important that students interested in applying to the Digital Animation concentration talk to the faculty advisors of the area. The office hours are posted on the Faculty Web Page.

    Sandee Chamberlain
    Assistant Professor of Digital Animation 
    Office: TBD

    Upper-Level Portfolio Instructions

    These instructions are for students who have already been accepted to the BFA in DigitalAnimation. Students in the BFA in Digital Animation are required to submit a portfolio for review by the faculty after the completion of introductory coursework. This is a different portfolio from the one required for acceptance into the major. If you have not formally been accepted to the BFA, change your selection for Type of Portfolio to Entrance to the BFA or Entrance to the BS in Art Education as appropriate. 

    To submit your mid-level review portfolio for Digital Animation, upload the following:

    1. Three of your best drawings from ART 2150 Drawing II. Images should be uploaded asJPEGs with height and width pixel dimensions no smaller than 400 pixels and no larger than2000 pixels (images should approximately fill the screen at a sharp resolution but not be solarge to cause slower upload/download speed). The work should be photographed with goodlighting and cropped to the image. If work is not rectangular, please make the background gray, black, or white without distracting elements.
    2. Three of your best projects from ART 2550 Computer Applications in Art
    3. Three of your best animations from ANIM 3600 Foundation Animation
    4. Two of your best projects from ART 3015 Electronic Illustration 

    The portfolio review occurs once the student has enrolled in two of the following three classes:

    ANIM 3620: Storyboarding & Composition
    ANIM 3630: Environments for Animation
    ANIM 3640: Character Development


Facilities and Resources

  • VA 224 Design Studio
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    • Hours vary depending on class assignments. Please contact studio coordinator for hours.
    • iMacs, Cintiqs, Epson scanners, and Ricoh Printers available

    Two iMac Computer Classrooms
    Each class room has twenty-two student workstations equipped with the following resources.

    • 21.5-inch iMac (i7 processor with 16 GB RAM)
    • Wacom 22HD Creative Pen Cintiq Display
    • 21.5 inch iMac lectern with projection screen capable of demonstrating use of software
    • Adobe Creative Cloud including all of the most recent versions of software (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro, Animate, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Bridge, Lightroom)
    • Maya and other software sometimes used for animation and illustration
    • One workroom with a photography studio and a mat-cutting and project assembly workspace

    Printers & Peripherals

    • Three Ricoh Color Laser Printers capable of printing on paper media up to 12 x 18 inches
    • Several Epson V500 scanners (8.5x11 in.)
    • Three Epson V700 scanners with transparency adapters (8.5x11 in.)
    • Three Epson Expression XL12,000 scanners (12.2x17.2 in.)
  • Our students are focused on very demanding coursework, and therefore, they are not available for any pro-bono commercial projects. If you have a budget for a project, please contact Assistant Professor Sandee Chamberlain ( to present your concept. Please have a one-page project brief, a script, and a proposed budget prepared. 

    Please note: there are no guarantees that your project will be pursued by students. If a project is pursued, all contracts and paperwork for the project must originate from the student(s) only. This is non-negotiable.


Rian Penrod's entry to the Giphy Film Fest, a national competition prompting artists to create a compelling audio/visual story in 18 seconds or less. Rian entered his submission under the animation category and was selected as a finalist. 

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