There’s a reason we’re consistently ranked among the top animation schools in the Midwest and beyond. Employers want our grads. At Columbia, you’ll learn to set yourself apart by bringing your unique voice and aesthetic to your work.
The BFA in Traditional Animation is a rigorous, highly structured curriculum that arms you with technical skills and team-based collaboration. You’ll be prepared for immediate, successful entry into your chosen profession in the animation industry and beyond. You must apply to be accepted into the BFA program. Read submission guidelines and degree requirements for the BFA on the course catalog.
Many of our alumni work as professional animators, but the professional skills you’ll gain in this program translate to industries beyond just animation. Related fields of study include video game production, television production, cinema visual effects, toy design, product design, illustration and digital advertising, just to name a handful of potential career paths.
For degree requirements and detailed four-year and transfer plans, visit the course catalog.
At Columbia, our Traditional Animation students develop the skills and professional knowledge they need to hit the ground running in the workforce. The industry is highly collaborative, so you’re going to work on deadline with students across majors and departments to produce professional-level work. You’ll give and receive feedback, which helps you develop your voice and grow as a communicator and artist.Read More
Our faculty members are award-winning working professionals who bring their knowledge of animation, game art, cinema, television, graphic novels, illustration and more directly into the classroom.Read More
Animation alumni are fixtures in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and production studios around the world. They win Oscars and Emmys. They go on to work at companies like Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Warner Brothers Animation, DreamWorks and more.Read More
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