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Online Animation School

Animators bring their imagination, characters and worlds to life through their work on animated movies and special effects in live action films. Academy of Art University is a top online animation school which prepares aspiring animators for professional futures.

With engaging online animation courses and a world-class reputation in the industry, Academy of Art University's animation school online offers accredited Associates (AA), Bachelors (BFA) and Masters (MFA) degrees as well as continuing art education and online awards of completion. Through online programs, students pursue their interest in 3D Modeling, Classical Animation, Visual Effects or Character Animation.


Online Animation Courses. Hands-on Experience.

Classes in the online animation college guide students in developing a portfolio reel that commands the attention of professionals in the industry. Students master the fundamentals, cultivate their personal style and incorporate cutting-edge animation technology into their work in order to achieve their creative potential.

The online animation school at Academy of Art University builds strong foundations in drawing and sets careers in motion with world-class programs in classical animation and the latest techniques in 3D animation. Led by instructors who are also working animators, students gain practical experience in lighting, texture mapping, rendering and more to create realistic worlds and characters.

Online animation courses in particle effects explore ways to create special effects like snow, rain, wind, confetti and fire. Other classes educate students in production, marketing and other vital aspects of the animation business.

Online Animation Courses include:

  • 2D Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Computer Animation
  • Classical Animation
  • Visual Effects
  • Background Painting
  • Cartooning
  • Character Animation
  • Maya Character Animation
  • Character Design
  • Digital Compositing
  • Photoshop Compositing
  • Compositing
  • Animation Modeling
  • Storyboard
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • And more!

Professional Animation Opportunities

With a faculty that boasts Academy Award, Clio and Cannes winners and nominees among other distinctions, Academy of Art University promotes the success of animation school online graduates. From guest lectures by some of the best talent in animation to participation in industry events like SIGGRAPH, the School of Animation & Visual Effects connects up-and-coming animators with professionals.

Students in the online animation college display their work in the Annual Spring Show. Enticing hundreds of attendees from around the world, Academy of Art University's Spring Show exhibits fresh perspectives by animation and visual effects students. Students meet with recruiters and innovators in the field to show off their portfolios and potentially land their dream job. Alumni of the school work at top companies such as Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Dreamworks.

Careers available for graduates of the online animation school include:

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

One-of-a-Kind Online Animation School Program

Unique among online programs, Academy of Art University's online animation college combines thorough demonstration videos with live chats. The program offers students the same insight and individual attention from faculty that they would receive in a classroom. Interacting with instructors and peers, students engage in hands-on animation projects.

View a Demonstration of Online Classes

Whether pursuing their degree online or in San Francisco, students develop their abilities in world-class programs. Academy of Art University's Associates, Bachelors and Masters degree and Online Award of Completion programs in the online animation school equip students to graduate and make their mark on the industry.


Online Animation School Programs

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Accreditation Info

Degree programs in Academy of Art University's online animation school are accredited. Learn more.

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