Ball State University Animation Program
Ball State’s bachelor’s degree in visual arts/animation provides a comprehensive digital animation experience that explores 3-D animation, stop-motion, and traditional 2-D animation. Our nationally ranked program will prepare you for careers in industries such as film, television, video games, medical animation, architectural rendering, advertising, and product visualization. You’ll learn up-to-date animation techniques and how to use industry-standard animation software. The animation curriculum leads students through a classic arts foundation and then into a strong technical foundation guided by industry demands.
What You Will Learn as a Visual Arts/Animation Major
You’ll study character design, storyboarding, traditional animation, and a wide range of other topics. Our programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Learn more. In our 3-D classes, you’ll get into modeling, texturing, lighting, character animation, and visual effects. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to participate in hands-on, collaborative projects with students and faculty in other courses of study. In every animation course, you will gain valuable experience with leading animation industry software. Toon Boom, Toon Boom Harmony, Maya, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are just a few of the programs you’ll learn before heading into the real world. You’ll also prepare for your first job by learning professional skills, such as using fine art and design principles in creative problem-solving, learning and apply professional terminology, creating a demo reel or portfolio, and learning how to market yourself in relation to today’s jobs. VIEW PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
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