Artwork by Jon McGuire
The Animation program focuses on the skills necessary for the production of independent and commercial applications. The primary objective of the curriculum is to prepare students with a foundation of knowledge and skills that can be applied to any of the varied contemporary uses of this medium, such as traditional character animation, clay animation, stop-motion or computer generated animation. DCAD’s program provides the fundamental drawing and design skills necessary to be successful in this field combined with an understanding of the principles of motion, storytelling and conceptual development, as well as the application of these disciplines to current technology.

The program goals of the Animation major are:
• Identify the forms animation has taken over its 100-year history.
• Analyze and solve both technical and creative animation problems.
Create story lines and actions that communicate a message.
• Apply the principles of animation, including gravity, motion and timing into their projects.
• Produce their own animations through the use of sound, image, and environment.
• Utilize current computer hardware and applications for animation.

Laptop and Software Recommendations for the Animation major. (PDF)

Animation Program Syllabi & Supply Lists (PDF)