LMU SFTV’s Animation B.A. and Minor

LMU SFTV's Animation B.A. program (and minor) prepares undergraduates for careers in the film industry, the video game industry, and other forms of interactive digital media. The program is steeped in classical animation theory and techniques while preparing film students to navigate new and cutting-edge techniques in the ever-changing animation field. Film students progress from coursework in film theory and rhetoric to drafting storyboards to making animated films. Instructors have experience in 2D/3D digital animation, composited effects, stop motion, pixilation, Maya, AfterEffects, Flash, movement expression, and games animation.

Years 1-2 focus on the history of animation, 2D animation vs. 3D animation technologies, and the visual storytelling development cycle, and film students create their first animated films. By the end of year 2, film students petition to specialize in Traditional, 3D, or Interactive animation (on the condition of successfully completing all lower division courses).

Years 3-4 allow film students to take higher-division electives and diverge into small crews to create animated films. The program concludes with the self-developed animated film thesis project. Take a look at the year-over-year program breakdown.

Animation B.A.​


Year 1​


Fall
  • ANIM 100 - History of Animation (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM 210 - Visual Story Development (3 semester hours)
  • ART 153 - Drawing I (3 semester hours)
  • FFYS 1000 - First Year Seminar (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-17 semester hours
Spring

  • ANIM 101 - Discovering Animation (3 semester hours) (must earn B or better), ECRE Core
  • ART 154 - Drawing II: Figure Drawing (3 semester hours)
  • Select between:
    • FTVS 1010 - Art of Cinema (4 semester hours)
      OR
    • FTVS 1020 - Art of Screen Media (4 semester hours)
  • SCWR 120 - Storytelling for the Screen (3 semester hours)
  • RHET 1000 - Rhetorical Arts (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-17 semester hours

Year 2​


Fall
  • ANIM 220 - Intermediate Animation Workshop (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM 260 - Digital Toolbox (3 semester hours)
  • ART 3100 - Figure Drawing Workshop (2 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours
Spring

  • ANIM 230 - Introduction to 3-D Computer Animation (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM 250 - Introduction to Interactive Animation (3 semester hours)
  • ART 3100 - Figure Drawing Workshop (2 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Year 3​


Fall Semester
  • ANIM Upper Division Elective (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours
Spring

  • ANIM Upper Division Elective (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Year 4​


Fall Semester
  • ANIM 495 - Senior Thesis Project / Pre-Production (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM Upper Division Elective (3 semester hours)
  • University Core (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours
Spring

  • ANIM 490 - Animation Practicum (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM 496 - Senior Thesis Project / Production (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM Upper Division Elective (3 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
  • Elective (3-4 semester hours)
Total: 15-16 semester hours

Animation Minor


Semesters 1-2
  • ANIM 101 - Discovering Animation (3 semester hours)
  • ANIM 210 - Visual Story Development (3 semester hours)
  • Select between:
    • ANIM 230 - Introduction to 3D Computer Animation (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • ANIM 250 - Introduction to Interactive Animation (3 semester hours)
      OR
    • ANIM 100 - History of Animation (3 semester hours)
  • Three elective courses chosen from 300 and 400 level Animation courses under the direction of the Chairperson (9 semester hours)