Our combined BA-MA in Animation degree offers FDU students the option to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Animation. This degree is designed for animation students seeking additional training at the graduate level that goes beyond their undergraduate education. Students may apply for the combined degree at any time from their entry into the BA in Film and Animation program up until the beginning of the senior year of their undergraduate studies.

During the first three years, students in the combined BA-MA program take undergraduate classes that are required of students for the BA in Film and Animation with a concentration in 3D Animation, 2D Animation, or Video Game Animation. In the junior year of undergraduate studies, students in this program are required to submit a portfolio of their best work for review. In the senior year of undergraduate studies, students in this program take 12 graduate-level credits (included in their undergraduate tuition) as well as complete the remainder of their undergraduate courses. To transfer graduate credits completed in the undergraduate senior year into the MA program, a grade of B or better is required. Those credits will be applied to BOTH the undergraduate degree and the graduate degree.

BA: 3D Animation Concentration (Including 12 Dual Credits)

Theory and Production (30 Credits)

ANIM 1500 Storyboarding

ANIM 1750 Motion Graphics with After Effects

ANIM 1850 3D Computer Modeling

ANIM 2270 ZBrush Digital Sculpting

ANIM 2500 3D Computer Animation

ANIM 3330 3D Environment Modeling

ANIM 3331 Logo and Product Animation

ANIM 3341 Character Animation using CAT

ANIM 4500 Thesis I

ANIM 4600 Thesis II

Major Electives (12-15 Credits)

4-5 ANIM 1000-4000 Level Courses

Cognates (6 Credits)

CGD 1313 Creative Imagery with Photoshop

SOAC 4001 Professional Practice: Animation

Dual Courses Applied to BA and MA Degree (12 credits)

4 ANIM 5000 or Higher Level Courses

MA: 3D Character Animation Concentration (Including 12 Dual Credits)

Required Courses (18 Credits)

ANIM 5300 Storytelling

ANIM 5400 Character Design

ANIM 6100 Digital Sculpting

ANIM 6150 3D Character Texturing

ANIM 6300 3D Character Animation

ANIM 7000 Advanced 3D Character Animation

Major Electives (6 Credits)

2 ANIM 5000 or Higher Level Courses

BA: 3D Animation Concentration (Including 12 Dual Credits)

Theory and Production (30 Credits)

ANIM 1500 Storyboarding

ANIM 1750 Motion Graphics with After Effects

ANIM 1850 3D Computer Modeling

ANIM 2270 ZBrush Digital Sculpting

ANIM 2500 3D Computer Animation

ANIM 3330 3D Environment Modeling

ANIM 3331 Logo and Product Animation

ANIM 3341 Character Animation using CAT

ANIM 4500 Thesis I

ANIM 4600 Thesis II

Major Electives (12-15 Credits)

4-5 ANIM 1000-4000 Level Courses

Cognates (6 Credits)

CGD 1313 Creative Imagery with Photoshop

SOAC 4001 Professional Practice: Animation

Dual Courses Applied to BA and MA Degree (12 credits)

4 ANIM 5000 or Higher Level Courses

MA: Visual Effects Concentration (Including 12 Dual Credits)

Required Courses (18 Credits)

ANIM 5300 Storytelling

ANIM 5500 Digital 2D Animation

ANIM 5600 3D Layers in After Effects

ANIM 5700 Dynamic Effects and Particle Systems in After Effects

ANIM 5800 Compositing in After Effects

ANIM 6350 3D Particle Systems and Effects

Major Electives (6 Credits)

2 ANIM 5000 or Higher Level Courses

BA: Video Game Animation Concentration

(Including 12 Dual Credits)

Theory and Production (30 Credits)

ANIM 1650 Game Design

ANIM 2240 Low Poly 3D Modeling

ANIM 2270 ZBrush Digital Sculpting

ANIM 2500 3D Computer Animation

ANIM 3330 3D Environment Modeling

ANIM 3341 Character Animation using CAT

ANIM 3350 3D Game Creation using Unreal

ANIM 3450 3D Game Creation using Unity

ANIM 4500 Senior Thesis I

ANIM 4600 Senior Thesis II

Major Electives (12-15 Credits)

4-5 ANIM 1000-4000 Level Courses

Cognates (9 Credits)

ART 1201 Drawing I

CGD 1313 Creative Imagery with Photoshop

SOAC 4001 Professional Practice: Animation

Dual Courses Applied to BA and MA Degree (12 credits)

4 ANIM 5000 or Higher Level Courses

MA: Video Game Concentration (Including 12 Dual Credits)

Required Courses (18 Credits)

ANIM 5400 Character Design

ANIM 5500 Digital 2D Animation

ANIM 6100 Digital Sculpting

ANIM 6400 3D Animation for Games

ANIM 6600 Game Creation

ANIM 7500 Advanced Game Creation

Major Electives (6 Credits)

2 ANIM 5000 or Higher Level Courses

Other Animation Electives

ANIM 2243 Advanced After Effects

ANIM 2245 3D Character Modeling

ANIM 2285 3D Asset Creation for Video Games

ANIM 2300 Texturing for 3D Production

ANIM 3225 Vector Animation II

ANIM 3250 3D Particle Animation and Effects

ANIM 3343 Advanced Character Animation

ANIM 3345 Custom 3D Character Rigging & Animation

ANIM 4100 Design & Development of Video Games

ANIM 4422 Internship in Animation I

ANIM 4423 Internship in Animation II

ANIM 4800 Independent Study in Animation

ANIM 4900 Faculty/Student Research

ANIM 4901 Faculty/Student Research

ANIM 5100 History of Animation & Special Effects

ANIM 5200 History of Video Games

ANIM 5750 3D Character Modeling

ANIM 5850 Advanced Digital 2D Animation

ANIM 5900 Expressions and Scripting in After Effects

ANIM 6700 Animating Fluids

ANIM 6805 Motion Tracking

ANIM 6900 Digital 2D Game Creation

ANIM 7100 3D Character Animation – Weight, Overlap and Follow through

ANIM 7200 Character Animation – Emotion and Personality

ANIM 7250 Lip-Syncing

ANIM 7300 Animation with Hair/Fur

ANIM 7400 Animation with Cloth

ANIM 7425 Motion Capture

ANIM 7525 Virtual Reality

ANIM 7550 Internship I

ANIM 7600 Video Game Team Project

ANIM 7700 Faculty/Student Research I

ANIM 7775 Internship II

ANIM 7805 Faculty/Student Research II

ANIM 7900 Animation Career Preparation

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