BFA in Animation: Curriculum

Based on feedback from industry professionals from the top national animation companies, Daemen has created an animation program that provides the student with all of the necessary skills to succeed in a variety of career options after earning an animation degree. Each student will be educated in fundamental and life drawing skills, story development, basic acting techniques, and current animation technologies. Below is a synopsis of the educational plan. For more detailed information on the courses offered, please contact Laura Sommer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at or (716) 839-8359.

Freshman Year

During the freshman year, students will complete a foundations program in drawing and design while beginning their liberal arts requirements. Introductory courses in editing, sound and animation history are introduced in the second semester.

Sophomore Year

The second year of the BFA in animation curriculum introduces traditional animation skills, including cartooning, layout and storyboarding. Additional coursework will establish more advanced skills necessary for 2D and 3D animation before students specialize in a 2D animation track, or a 3D animation track during the next two years.

Junior Year

Courses in advanced drawing skills and a liberal arts curriculum continue in the junior year of the animation program, and students begin to specialize in technical training with either a 2D or 3D focus. Among the several animation electives available to third year students are: Character Design, 2D Effects, an advanced Maya curriculum, Compositing, Lighting and Dynamics, and Particles.

Senior Year

Advanced training continues during the senior year, but students are supervised on individual projects culminating in a senior project and a senior exhibit. While completing their instruction, qualified students will have the option to intern in professional animation studios with industry partners, both local and international. By the end of this year, students will have developed a professional portfolio to present to future employers.

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