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Animation (BFA)

​DePaul’s Animation program is designed for students who are serious about careers as animation artists, character animators, game artists, computer-generated imagery (CGI) effects animators and motion graphics animators.

With the Cinema concentration you’ll gain hands-on experience bringing digital characters to life. You’ll also receive in-depth instruction in the most up-to-date software and technology available, including motion capture and green screen.

The Game Art concentration provides in-depth instruction in the latest advanced game modeling and animation technology and practices, including motion capture, rigging and digital sculpting.

The Storyboarding and Character Design concentration provides you with the tools needed to storyboard live action films, visual effects and commercials. You’ll also learn traditional drawing skills, as well as practices that can be applied to graphic novels and comics.

With the Motion Graphics concentration, you’ll learn about putting graphic forms, text and photographic elements into motion using the principles of animation.

The 3D Animation concentration allows you to learn about 3D tools, including the most current approaches to 3D animation, modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, visual effects, compositing and rendering.

The College of Computing and Digital Media has a strong relationship with many of Chicago’s animation and production studios, allowing you to gain real-world experience through internships. Animation faculty members have worked in animation, production, film, art and interactive media, serving as resources and counselors as you enter the media industry.


Sample Courses:

  • 3-D Animation
  • Animation Production
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • History of Animation
  • Motion Graphics
  • Narrative Development
  • Screenwriting
  • Stop-motion Animation

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Cinema Animation
  • Game Art
  • Motion Graphics
  • Storyboarding and Character Design
  • 3D Animation
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Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Animation artistry
  • CGI effects animation
  • Character animation
  • Composition
  • Filmmaking
  • Game design
  • Motion graph​ics
  • Storyboarding
  • Visual effects


86 percent of 2017 Animation graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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