Earn Your Bachelor's Degree in Animation and Digital Design
Digital design is an exciting field of study for students who wish to use their artistic abilities while learning marketable technical skills. Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation is a modern program that guides students in developing their technological knowledge and creative thinking skills. Offered online and on campus by the College of Fine Arts and Production, this degree in animation provides a comprehensive framework for the next generation of multimedia artists.
Examine the interplay of light, color and texture in visual arts. Explore the technical capabilities and creative possibilities of motion graphics, typography, 2D animation and 3D modeling. GCU is known for our creative and welcoming community. Digital animation students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers via the Digital Design Club, which fosters the pre-professional development of visual communication.
Why Earn Your Degree in Animation at GCU?
GCU is committed to improving accessibility and flexibility in higher education. Students pursuing a degree in animation may choose to enroll in courses on campus or online via our dynamic learning platform. Either option enables students to benefit from collaborative exchanges with their peers and fully qualified instructors. Available on campus and online, this digital degree in animation requires a total of 120 credits for graduation. Most online courses are seven weeks long.
The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Animation degree takes students through a progression of learning from basic skills to advanced knowledge. You will study the principles of drawing, color, typography and animation. Students explore advanced elements of storytelling and animation production while working through a hands-on curriculum. They also learn to become skilled communicators, ethical leaders, creative thinkers and efficient problem solvers.
Explore Coursework for the Bachelor's Degree in Animation and Digital Design
The degree in animation combines theory and application to introduce students to real-world scenarios. Throughout the program, students acquire a number of core competencies in digital design, including the anatomy of figure drawing, concepts of production management, layout techniques for animation and digital painting tools. Some of the courses in this degree program include:
- 3D Animation and the Mechanics of Motion
- Designing with Motion Graphics
- 3D Visual Effects and Lighting
- Short Film Production
- Business for the Design Professional
The program includes the Advanced Design Practicum, during which students develop their own professional portfolios. Students demonstrate their ability to provide reality-based, customer-driven digital design solutions.
To complete the coursework for the bachelor of arts in digital design - animation degree, students are required to have a working laptop and an active subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud.
Find a Career in Digital Design & Animation
Job candidates with a BA degree in animation are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of outlets that require technical expertise combined with a creative flair. Skilled animators are in demand in the television, film and gaming industries. Other possible avenues for employment include architectural visualization, new product development and technical simulations for the manufacturing and medical fields. Some jobs that may be related to a digital animation degree include the following:
- Graphic designer or illustrator
- Game asset designer or artist
- Art director
- Web animator
Many individuals with this degree pursue work in the advertising and marketing industry. Advertisers often require custom animations to showcase their products or services.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.