Go from watching to creating end-to-end animation — and turn your creative concepts into reality — with a major in Animation.

Get a solid foundation in drawing, playwriting and sequential art. Then learn how to concept, script, storyboard, design sound for and produce your own animated film. 

Students who earn an Animation major will graduate with skills in art creation, creative writing and digital technoloies. They’ll develop skills and techniques critical to success in this growing field: traditional hand-drawn, two-dimensional animation, stop-motion animation, kinestasis, rotoscoping and motion capture, motion graphics, computer-rendered three-dimensional animation, visual effects animation, and compositing animated elements over live-action video.

Our graduates are prepared to work in a wide range of roles in technology, games, commercial art, and filmed entertainment industries.

Animation studio Rooster Teeth helped make Central Texas one of the top centers for animation jobs in the country. Austin is also one of the fastest-growing cities for film, gaming and a host of developing industries. St. Edward’s will help you find internships to learn from the best. 

For more information about the Animation major or minor, please contact Hollis Hammonds, chair of the Department of Visual Studies

Required Coursework

Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Animation requires 60 hours of core coursework. The Animation program offers students a strong foundation year which encourages skill development, experimentation and independent thought. In sophomore year students focus on media exploration and skill development through courses in animation foundations, sequential art, screenwriting and audio. A mixture of video game animation courses and fine arts courses support both technical and conceptual development that is essential for emerging animators. Upper level courses include Kinestasis and Motion Graphics, Compositing and Visual Effects, and Animation Production. Students conclude their studies through the culminating experience course sequence, Senior Studio I and II, which require the development of an independent creative project, a senior animation screening, and a thesis paper.

General Education Requirements: The Animation degree requires an average of 38-44 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.

View and download the full degree plan for the Animation major (PDF).

A few examples of the Animation major courses students take:

  • Kinestasis and Motion Graphics – Focuses on traditional and digital techniques designed to make images and text more lively across a range of implementations appropriate for animated films, video games, presentations, and web design.
     
  • Compositing and Visual Effects – This is an advanced digital animation course that builds upon fundamentals from prior courses to explore a range of techniques that combine multiple visual elements within a single shot, including rotoscoping, digital motion capture, transformation, lighting, and particle effects.
     
  • Animation Production – The course covers all the necessary steps to produce a short digitally animated narrative film, from concept to final mix.

Minor

Students who wish to earn an Animation minor must take the following coursework, totaling 24 hours. This includes these required courses: 

  • Foundation Drawing
  • Playwriting Workshop I
  • Sequential Art
  • Foundations of Animation
  • Introduction to Game Audio
  • Introduction to Game Animation
  • Advanced Game Animation
  • Animation Production

Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.