Animation (BA)

The BA degree in Animation offers students several options and areas of study: hand drawn animation, computer animation, cinema visual effects, stop motion animation, alternative forms of animation (or a combination of any or all). It is designed for students who wish to continue to graduate studies and those with an interest in animation who have not yet committed to a career in that field.


As a result of successfully completing program requirements, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate proficiencies in digital and computer-generated software and technology through the creation of animated projects;
  • demonstrate a comprehension of history, aesthetics and the analytical context of animation in cinema through written, oral and animated presentations;
  • employ a professional level of industry practices, standards and career strategies to successfully market and showcase their animated work; and
  • create a professional quality animation portfolio demonstrating original cinematic material and a developed artistic voice.

There are three concentrations in Computer Antimation, Traditional Animation (Hand-Drawn Pathway), and Traditional Animation (Stop Motion Pathyway).

Other Degrees Available

Columbia College Chicago offers three options for animation-related degrees: a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Animation and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in either Computer Animation or Traditional Animation. The Animation BA might interest you if you want to explore multiple animation techniques (hand-drawn, stop-motion, computer, experimental) and take on a minor or second major. The BFA allows you specialize within your area of animation interest and complete two animated films by your final year.

If you plan to apply directly to the BFA programs, you’ll need to include some additional materials.

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