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Animation Program of Study

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (BFA) in Illustration: Animation Track

FYE: FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
FYE100: Systems of Drawing
3.0
FYE150: Digital 2D
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring  
FYE199: IAS: Visual Development & Storytelling
3.0
Required in fall or spring; completed in first year  
FYE110: Visual Language
3.0
FYE130: Fabrication
3.0
FYE121: RPC: Research, Process and Connection
3.0
FYE151: Digital 4D
3.0
Liberal Studies: FYE  
WRTG120: Processes of Inquiry
3.0
ARTH151: Intro to the Practice of Art & Design History
3.0
HUMT121: Intro to Humanities
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester first year to complete degree requirements in four years  
SOPHOMORE  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
IL210: Illustration I
3.0
IL214: Figure Drawing for Illustrators
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring  
IL211: Illustration II
3.0
IL202: Typography I
3.0
Animation Basics: Take all three before spring, junior year  
IMAT207: 2D Motion Fundamentals
3.0
IMAT209: 3D Modeling & Animation
3.0
IMAT213: Interactive & New Media
3.0
Liberal Studies: Sophomore  
WRTG200: Critical Conversations
3.0
NASC220: Patterns in Nature
3.0
ARTH214: History of Illustration & Communication Design Since 1850
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester second year to complete degree requirements in four years  
JUNIOR  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
IL310: Illustration III
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring  
IMAT313: Animation Professional Practice
3.0
IL215: Adv. Fig Drawing Or CD203: Type II
3.0
Studio Electives  
3cr design studio elective
3.0
3cr studio elective
3.0
3cr studio elective
3.0
Liberal Studies: Junior  
WRTG300: The Creative Professional in Context
3.0
ARTH318: Art History Elective
3.0
NASC320/350/321:NS Elect.
3.0
HUMT380: Service Learning
3.0
Students complete 15 each semester third year to complete degree requirements  
SENIOR  
Required Major Courses: Fall credits
IMAT414: Animation Thesis: Preproduction
3.0
IL412: Illustration Seminar I
3.0
Required Major Courses: Spring credits
IMAT415: Animation Thesis: Production
3.0
IL413: Illustration Seminar II
3.0
Studio Electives  
3cr studio elective:
3.0
3cr studio elective:
3.0
Liberal Studies: Senior  
WRTG400: Senior Writing Seminar
3.0
ARTH318: AH Elective
3.0
HUMT340: Topic in Humanities
3.0
HUMT340: Topic in Humanities
3.0
Students complete 15 credits each semester fourth year to complete degree requirements  
120 credits minimum required to complete degree  

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