The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Digital Animation degree at Missouri Western offers an art student the opportunity to become proficient in skills that are useful for producing a wide range of animation for cinema, broadcast television, gaming and interactive media. Students will gain a broad foundation in animation from traditional hand-drawn to 3D animation. Balancing theory and practice, the educational emphasis will be on developing creative problem-solving skills and processes; honing artistic identity; spatial and temporal thinking and analysis; mastering digital animation technologies; and, research of new strategies for learning through digital advances. The Digital Animation degree reflects the convergence of computers and art, and emphasizes working with 2D and 3D graphics in a computer based, graphics-intensive environment.
Digital Animation majors may be self-employed or work for public or private businesses. The degree focuses on the preparation of design professionals in the animation and visualization industries, small-scale animation houses, media design firms, and fine art studios. Students who graduate with a B.F.A. degree in Digital Animation will be qualified for positions in the digital art industry including motion graphic designer, illustrative animator, character animator, character modeler, texture and lighting artist, background painter, medical and scientific visualization artist, product designer, visual effects artist, environment artists and level designer. An increasing number of Digital Animators also are developing material for Internet Web pages, interactive media, and multimedia projects.
Because the digital arts are an ever-growing area, opportunities abound for the exceptionally talented. The environment tends to be highly charged and fast paced. In much of the field, working as part of a team is the norm. For more information see Occupation Profile and Occupational Employment Statistics .
Minimum GPA of 2.5 in following courses:
- ART 110 Beginning Drawing»
- ART 120 Two-Dimensional Design»
- ART 130 Introduction to Tools and Techniques»
Digital Animation Courses
- ART 210 Animation Fundamentals»
- ART 321 Digital Animation I»
- ART 325 Digital Animation II»
- ART 453 Digital Animation III»
- ART 459 Character Animation»
- ART 450 Independent Study»