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Animation Degree (BS)

On the big screen and beyond, animators are impacting visual culture in the world around them. Their work appears on the internet, in commercials, movies, video games, streaming media, moving picture books, and more. A skilled and well-trained animator can find a niche in just about any market they choose.

At Huntington University, our focus in the animation department is on image, motion, character, and story. Our professors are experienced animation professionals who have worked on acclaimed projects of their own. They know how to train up-and-coming animators in fundamentals and the latest techniques. 

As animation technology continues to change, crafting a well-written and well-animated story remains paramount. With an understanding of animation skills, you will be able to move ahead no matter how technology evolves. Let us provide you with a solid foundation to build on for the rest of your career.

Animated Student Short Films

Experiences that start now and last a lifetime.

As an animation student, you will immerse yourself in this amazing art form from day one. You will learn the skills you need not just to survive in the art world but also to make an impact. Most importantly, Huntington University’s experienced Christian faculty will nurture, challenge, and encourage you so that you develop your unique gifts and discover the artistic voice God has given you.

Along the way, you will have plenty of opportunities to share your work with others. You will have the chance to showcase your film in festivals and work on projects for businesses and nonprofits around the world. Travel the country and even the world on a variety of animation-related trips over J-term and Spring Break. The possibilities are virtually endless!

Animation Sizzle Reel

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Junior Animation Studio Experience

At Huntington University, we offer Animators an opportunity to work alongside real clients and local businesses through our Junior Animation Studio class. Learning how to make an impact for the local community with the students’ passions, storytelling and animations are always one of our top priorities.

Junior Animators will be immersed in this one-of-a-kind experience as they are placed on teams to create short Public Service Announcements or Promotional Media in partnership with these community businesses. In the past we’ve partnered with Habitat for Humanity, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, and Conner Prairie: Indiana’s Living History Museum. Check out some past projects below!

State-of-the-art Technology and Training

Animation students at Huntington University have access to all the essential tools of the trade. The Martin Center for Digital Media Arts is fully equipped with computer, traditional, and stop motion labs, a green screen, editing labs, a sound stage, a Foley pit, and a screening theater. You will work with professional workstations, VR equipment, 3D printing technology, and industry-standard software.

From the start of your very first semester, you will have the opportunity for hands-on exploration in a variety of animated media. You will learn 2D hand-drawn and stop-motion animation, motion graphics, the most complex 3D computer technology, and everything in between. Our students have open access to state-of-the-art studios and labs equipped with some of the most current equipment and software available.

 

3D Modeling and Sculpting

Animation stretches across multiple mediums and software, and we are no strangers to the world of 3D Animation. At Huntington University we teach extensive classes that explore the realms of 3D design, 3D modeling, digital sculpting, texturing, lighting, and rendering. Students will experience how to craft 3D characters and worlds in the context of 3D story-driven animation as well as gain an understanding of both the 3D film and video game pipeline processes. 

Students will get the chance to craft toy designs, video game models, 3D animated characters, environments, simulated fx, 3D commercial product designs, medical and machine-based content, and much much more. Examples of student work can be seen below. 

 

Visual Development

Animation cannot exist without first exploring the visual design of the piece. Defining and building a world through character, prop, and environment concepts, as well as costume, color, and style. Students can expect to learn the ins and outs of effective animation design as they work alongside their peers in simulated studio settings that teach professional methods and practices. Whether you are designing for animated films, series, or commercials – the design processes are similar, and students can expect to gain experience in all those areas.

 

Student Project Archive

Grant Information

If you're interested in studying DMA and animation, consider applying for the DMA Animation Grant.

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