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Academics . Animation . Overview

Animation

Animation is a medium that breathes life into concept through movement. As an Animation student you’ll discover how the dialogue of an otherwise stagnant image or object changes and evolves when put to motion. You will create narrative and experimental animation that bring both characters and environments to life. Our integrated curriculum focuses on sequential narrative storytelling, methods of animation, conceptual development, framing and staging, storyboarding, animatics, layers, and motion and figure studies.

As a student in our program, you will work with innovative production technologies in 2D and 3D digital media and animation, film, video production, and stop-motion animation. To enhance your skills in character design and set construction, you will study the development of personality in motion, lighting of small scale digital environments, sound related to motion and sync, and the broad scope of tactile sculpture media. In addition, we emphasize presentation and public speaking skills, which help prepare you for pitching your ideas and directing a team.

What can I do with a degree in Animation?

  • 3D Character Animator
  • Game Designer
  • Concept Artist
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Animator
  • Independent Filmmaker
Visiting Artist: Andy Harkness
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CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

CIA's Animation and Game Design programs listed 5th best in the Midwest

Animation Career Review names CIA's Animation and Game Design programs as fifth best in the Midwest, noting our vast classroom/studio space.

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Anthony Scalmato

Assistant Professor/Chair of Animation/Co-Chair of Game Design

Anthony Scalmato is the Department Chair of Animation and the Interim Department Chair of Game Design at the C...more

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