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MCAD’s animation major provides you with a broad historical perspective that fosters an appreciation of animation’s adaptability as an applied and fine art.

In this major you are exposed to animation techniques using illustrated, stop-motion, and computer-generated approaches. You develop a personal style through rigorous foundation studies after which you are encouraged to collaborate and expand your individual work.

The program equips graduates to move into the world beyond with visual communication skills as well as up-to-date technical proficiencies.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Declare animation as your major
  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Build concentrated animation skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition

Animation Major Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of animation through written critical evaluation of animated films and be able to analyze work in a historical context.
  • Create work in a variety of animation techniques including hand-drawn, 3D, stop-motion, and experimental methods.
  • Implement the use of storyboarding, animatics, and essential pre-production techniques to develop a narrative concept.
  • Constructively evaluate, interpret, and critique your own work and the work of others.
  • Exhibit knowledge of professional workflow, expectation, and market.


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Total Credits: 
120