The animation program at Daemen College offers students with a committed interest in the art of animation the means to become fully versed in the process of traditionally narrative animated filmmaking.

A Bachelor's degree will benefit students whose interests lie in obtaining a job in the field of animation in one of the many positions available in a feature film pipeline, including: Character Design, Story Development, Art Direction, CG Technical Directors, and Character Animators. Students are educated in all aspects of production and become well-rounded filmmakers.

A unique feature of our program is its dual focus on traditional drawn animation and the latest in computer graphics animation, with a heavy emphasis on strong narrative storytelling stemming from the student’s unique personal perspective. The program is structured to meet the demands of a modern animation studio. All of the software and curriculum is aligned with current production techniques.

  • Learn how to craft an animated film from start to finish
  • Become proficient in both traditional animation and CG animation
  • Learn the craft of character design
  • Learn the art of the story artist
  • Learn editing and sound skills
  • Learn the latest in modeling and rigging in the CG environment

Program Highlights

  • The animation program responds to industry needs for animators equipped with a high level of artistic training and creative ability.
  • Daemen works closely with studios throughout the United States and Canada to help place students within internship programs. 
  • The program is built around multiple strengths, recognized by animation professionals and business leaders, including the combination of fine draftsmanship, character development and design, the use and understanding of film language and techniques, and a unique perspective to visual storytelling and filmmaking.
  • The curriculum will foster the development of well-rounded learning experiences, better enabling students to actively participate in a complex world.


Our Program

Additional Information

Sydney Mangin


My dream job would be a character designer, for either television or film, but I would also be interested in doing storyboards or layout designs. And perhaps maybe even make my own feature film!

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For more information, contact Chris Brandjes in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at or (716) 839-8463.