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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation prepares students to enter the expanding world of animation, which is not limited to cartoons. An animation degree prepares graduates to work in a variety of areas including television, film, computer applications and games, technical simulations in manufacturing and medical industries, architectural visualization, new product development, and more.

The foundation of this animation degree includes the study of drawing, color, typography, photography and composition skills. Students study the business aspects of running a design studio and prepare a web-based portfolio of their work. Coursework in the animation degree focuses on the development of creativity, communication and problem-solving skills that demonstrate critical thinking and ethical leadership.

While earning this animation degree, students create digital content in 2D and 3D applications using current industry software including Adobe and Maya products. They work to improve their storytelling skills; develop character models and basic rigging, lighting and textures; and study the development pipeline from story idea to final rendering. Design for motion graphics is included in the study of kinetic type and graphics primarily seen in television and film title sequences.

A student design organization and AIGA chapter are available and students are encouraged to participate. In this way, Grand Canyon University is building a creative community on campus and connecting to the design community. Students are required to have their own laptop and a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of their program.


This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.


On-campus program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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