Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation

Access the complete curriculum for the BFA, Animation, from the Visual & Performing Arts Department section of the Daemen catalogue.

Following is a suggested course sequence for your program. Courses may be offered as indicated and/or at other times. Consult your Advisor for further direction and planning.

Course Loads

Maximum of 17 credits allowed for 7 semesters; one 19 credit hour semester is allowed at no additional tuition charge.  Additional course loads are allowed for students who achieve Dean’s List.   Consult the Dean's List section of the Daemen catalogue for details on the Dean's List privilege.

Art Course Sequence

Unless otherwise indicated, the required Art and Animation courses which are plotted on the program course sequence must be taken at the time indicated.

Year 1

LEARNING COMMUNITIES are generally completed in the first year (LC1 in the 1st semester; LC2 in the 2nd semester)

First Semester

  • ANIM210 Introduction to Animation (2)
  • ART103 Foundation Design I (3)
  • ART105 Foundation Drawing I (3)
  • CMP101 English Composition (3)
  • IND101 Sustainable & Critical Relationships (3)
  • CORE ELECTIVE (1st Learning Community - linked course) (3)
  • Total Credits (17)

Second Semester

  • ANIM201 History of Animation (3)
  • ANIM211 Animation Basics I (2) 
  • ART104 Foundation Design II (3)
  • ART106 Foundation Drawing II (3)
  • CORE ELECTIVES (2nd Learning Community: 2 linked courses (6)
  • Total Credits (19)

Year 2

First Semester 

  • ANIM203 Editing and Sound Basics (2)
  • ANIM215 Cartooning (3)
  • ANIM217 Layout I & Storyboarding (3)
  • ART204 Figure Drawing I (3)
  • THA230 Acting for Animators (3)
  • CORE ELECTIVE (3) 
  • Total Credits (17)

Second Semester

  • ANIM212 Animation Basics II (3)
  • ANIM218 Layout II (3)
  • ART205 Figure Drawing II (3)
  • ART285 History of Art: Renaissance-Modern (3)
  • Select one: CA206 Storytelling and Story Development (3); CA207 Screenplay Writing (3)
  • Total Credits (15)

Year 3

First Semester

  • ANIM311 Animation Basics III (3)
  • ANIM: Animation Elective (3)
  • ART345 Advanced Drawing I (3)
  • CORE ELECTIVES (6)
  • Total Credits (15)

Second Semester

  • ANIM: Animation Electives (9)
  • ART 446 History of Contemporary Art: 1940 - Present (3)
  • CORE ELECTIVES (3)
  • Total Credits (15)

Year 4

First Semester

  • ANIM: Animation Electives (6)
  • ART443 Issues & Methodologies in Contemporary Art (2)
  • ART445 Special Projects (3)
  • CORE ELECTIVES (6)
  • Total Credits (17)

Second Semester

  • ANIM: Animation Electives (6)
  • ART490 Senior Project (3)
  • ART498 Senior Art Exhibit (1)
  • CORE ELECTIVE (6)
  • Total Credits (16)

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