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 will skills in art creation, creative writing and digital technoloies. They’ll master the 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 minor, please contact Hollis Hammonds, chair of the Department of Visual Studies

Required Coursework

Animation majors will benefit from taking many of the Visual Studies core courses, including Visual Studies I and the culminating experience sequence of Senior Studio I and Senior Studio II.

There are 60 hours offered in the major, to support the breadth and depth needed for the discipline.


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.