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B.F.A. Digital Animation

B.F.A. Digital Animation2021-03-03T09:25:34-06:00

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. While the flexible curriculum allows you to specialize in an area based on your interests and talents.

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Digital Animation (Bachelor of Fine Arts, B.F.A.)

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Major Requirements
ART 110Beginning Drawing I3
ART 120Two-Dimensional Design3
ART 130Introduction to Tools and Techniques2
ART 160Beginning Drawing II3
ART 170Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 205Survey of Art History I3
ART 210Animation Fundamentals3
ART 229Design Software Applications3
ART 250Motion Graphics3
ART 255Survey of Art History II3
ART 310Intermediate Drawing3
ART 321Digital 3D Modeling3
ART 325Digital 3D Lighting3
ART 326Introduction to Game Design3
Select one of the following:3
Illustration I
Acting I
ART 453Digital Animation3
ART 459Character Animation3
or ART 465 Digital Animation Production
ART 485Digital Animation Portfolio3
ART 494Senior Seminar and Exhibit1
Select nine additional credit hours of advance study in Major9
Select six additional credit hours in guided art electives6
Select six additional credit hours of Art History6

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn a grade of C or higher in all major coursework.
  2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major or minor? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the School of Fine Arts.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.


  • Grade of C or higher must be earned in all classes required of the major.