Animation

About our Animation program

In SUVA’s Bachelor of Arts in Animation program, students learn how to create the illusion of life and motion. The program provides a comprehensive study into the mechanics and applications of animation. SUVA teaches students how to bring ideas to life by creating movement and special effects for animated stories, motion pictures, video games and commercials. Students begin with foundation courses in design and computers, then advance to editing pictures and sound, production techniques, 2D and 3D modeling and animation. Graduates from this program are prepared to work as a storyboard artist, production artist/animator, computer animator, web designer/animator and a 2D or 3D animator.

Take a look at some of our animation students past work by visiting our Vimeo page.

Cover image: Jon Reis

Duration:

4 Years

Credits:

120

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:
Support Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

Unlike other schools, at SUVA I received a lot of individualized attention and hands on learning which motivates me to create. Nothing seems impossible.

Joseph Tenebruso

What our students learn in our Animation Program

Our animation students have not only hone their creative skills but also learn the processes of creating an animation from the ground up. Our students develop their own original stories, master directing and producing techniques, and the complexity of rigging and modelling.

The slideshow below showcases the various steps that our animators create in order to create an original animated video. Artwork by Chi Hubert.

  • Background concepts
  • Background elements
  • Background process
  • Completed background section
  • Main character concepts
  • Hero loop animation
  • Hero loop final animation
  • Overview

    As as an Animator, you create visual experiences that impact how people think, act and feel. Imagine what it feels like working with a team of people to create characters and action scenes for video games. Think of what its like working for the defense industry making training videos that save lives. Imagine working for some fo the biggest names in the movie industry making full featured films that wow audiences throughout the world. As a professional Animator, you use your imagination and education from Southwest University of Visual Arts to tell stories through the creation of moving characters, life forms and special effects. If you want a better idea of what you will be learning, watch this video.

    Courses

    Credits

    First Year Experience

    24

    General Education Courses

    42

    Animation Courses

    24

    Elective Courses

    30

    Total credits

    120

  • Degree Requirements

    First Year Experience Courses

    Credits

    FYE102 Spatial Dynamics

    3

    FYE103 Design Solutions

    3

    FYE104 Drawing I

    4

    FYE105 The Power of Why

    2

    FYE152 Creative Thinking

    4

    FYE153 Narrative Design

    4

    FYE154 Drawing II

    4

    Total credits

    24


    Seminar Courses

    Credits

    AN215 Animation Seminar I

    3

    AN215 Animation Seminar II

    3

    AN215 Animation Seminar III

    3

    AN215 Animation Seminar IV

    3

    Total credits

    12


    Studio Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    15


    Advanced Application Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    12


    Capstone Courses

    Credits

    Portfolio

    Total credits

    3


    Core Studio Courses

    Credits

    AN200 Digital Filmmaking

    3

    AN201 Basic Animation Skills

    3

    AN311 Character Design and Movement

    3

    AN312 Introduction to 3D Modeling

    3

    Total credits

    12

    General Education

    Lower Level Courses

    Credits

    GE101 Art History - Paleolithic to Renaissance

    3

    GE102 Art History - Renaissance to 21st Century

    3

    GE105 English Composition

    3

    GE106 Principles of Communication

    3

    Total credits

    12


    Upper Level Courses*

    Credits

    Math

    3

    Science

    3

    Social and Behavioral Science

    3

    Humanities

    3

    Art History

    15

    Professional Practices

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * Upper level course availability is determined based on student need.

  • Minoring

    Study the mechanics and applications of animation. Students learn storytelling, character development, flash animation, motion graphics and basic animation skills to complete a short animation.


    Courses

    Credits

    ANM101 Animation Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    ANM102 Animation Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Animation at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

Other programs

We offer a range of art and design programs at SUVA