Illustration is no longer a static pursuit — moving illustration creates feeling and captures an audience through emotion, the very essence of what makes animation so powerful.
MIAD’s Animation track within the Illustration major lets you bring illustrated images to life with a focus on visual storytelling in digital forms.
Animation track provides a structured, hands-on experience with a variety of different animation approaches, as well as the freedom to choose electives that deeply align with your personal passions.
You’ll explore digital media including 2D, 3D and interactive animation, virtual reality and video games as well as electives and animation-focused professional practice coursework to help hone your individual interests and storytelling abilities. Combining illustration and animation with a rich and sustained focus will prepare you for versatile careers in industries such as TV/film production, computer systems design, video game design, software publishing, advertising, marketing, data visualization, and medical, architectural or crime scene animation.
Animation by the numbers. Employment of special effects artists and animators is projected to grow 16% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. The market size of the global animation, VFX and video games industry was $261 billion USD in 2020. Most of the segments in the animation industry are growing at the rate of 2-3% year over year. The market size of the global video gaming industry was $105 billion USD in 2020.
What Can I do with my Major?
Advertising art director
Online News Media Animator
Production Designer, theater/television/film
Special Effects Technician
Television Production Coordinator