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Animation University Undergraduate Programs

From Pixar to the Cartoon Network, the best animators combine a passion for storytelling with incredible drawing ability and an imaginative vision to bring characters to life. Academy of Art University animation undergraduate program guides students in developing all of those through its Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The Academy is a creative hub, bursting with innovation in classical animation, storyboarding, 3D animation modeling, experimental animation, special effects, and more.

Unlike any other animation college program in the nation, Academy of Art University's School of Animation & Visual Effects offers hands-on experience, top-notch professional opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities. Students pursuing their Associates or Bachelors degree at this top animation university learn from instructors who are currently working as animators. Classes provide training in new and groundbreaking ideas in the animation world.


Animation Associates and Bachelors Programs

Whether they are studying classical animation, 3D animation and modeling, visual effects or character animation, students at Academy of Art University develop their techniques, cultivate their personal style and create a first-class animation reel. The Academy's undergraduate animation major offers classes in everything from storyboarding and concept art to stop motion puppet making and set design.

Students build strong foundations in art and animation that enable them to make their vision a reality through this intensive program. Focusing on more than simple training, the program provides hands-on professional experience that sets the Academy apart from other animation colleges.

The School of Animation & Visual Effects offers classes in:

  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Stop Motion
  • Computer Animation
  • Traditional Animation
  • Visual Effects
  • Cinematography
  • Layout Design
  • Figurative Concepts
  • Visual Elements of Story
  • Principles & Pipelines
  • Texture Creation
  • And more!

Professional Animation Opportunities

Strategically located near top animation studios such as Pixar and Industrial Light & Magic, Academy of Art University provides students with connections that are vital when starting a career in animation. In addition to a faculty that boasts Academy Award, Clio, VES, Cannes and BAFTA winners, the Academy provides opportunities to meet and learn from industry leaders.

Animation career opportunities include:

  • 2D and 3D Animator
  • 3D Modeler
  • Visual Effects Artist
  • Compositor
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Character Designer
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • And more!

Spring Show – Considered by many to be one of the best animation universities in the country, Academy of Art University offers students the chance to interview and network with creative professionals from top companies at the Annual Spring Show. Every year, this showcase of original work attracts recruiters looking to hire fresh, emerging talent.

Fall Animation Festival – The School of Animation & Visual Effects hosts an Annual Fall Animation Festival, drawing animators from across the country. These guests offer students unique insight into growing trends in the business.

Industry Events – Every year, top animators visit the school to give guest lectures and review portfolios. Academy of Art University also participates fully in all major industry events, including SIGGRAPH, WonderCon, Comic-Con and more.


School of Animation & Visual Effects Facilities

Academy of Art University's state-of-the-art facilities mark the school as a cutting-edge animation college. The School of Animation & Visual Effects features the same equipment used by leading animation studios. With industry-standard computer animation technology, a Cintiq digital classroom and lab, HD cameras and more, the Academy provides students with everything they need to succeed in school and beyond.


Animation Classes Online & in San Francisco

With classes available online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University's School of Animation & Visual Effects offers flexible programs for earning an Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Academy's online animation school programs are unlike those of other animation colleges, engaging students with an interactive, hands-on experience. Online students earn their accredited degree through classes that promote creative collaboration with their instructor and fellow students.

Whether students earn their diplomas online or in San Francisco, they'll graduate ready for a rewarding career in animation.

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