Animation BFA

Program Purpose


The Animation major is intended to provide students with the skill sets necessary for success in the animation, live-action special effects, and gaming industries with emphasis on both the artistic and technological avenues. The Computer Science animation emphasis gives students the opportunity to learn both the technical and artistic side of creating and implementing digital animation and games, preparing them for technical careers with animation and game programming studios. Coursework in the program demands a sound understanding of design, composition, and storytelling and the ability to learn the current software used in the industry. Program majors are taught the fundamentals of a comprehensive art education and gain a broad perspective of the visual arts, with studies in art studio, art history, aesthetics, criticism, design, narrative construction, and visual culture.

Learning Outcomes


Artistic Development and Proficiency

Animation graduates will be able to create quality work using fundamental animation, narrative, and design skills, and will be proficient in at least one of these areas.

Courses that Contribute: DESAN 131 DESAN 160 DESAN 250R DESAN 260 DESAN 262 DESAN 265 DESAN 360R DESAN 361R DESAN 362R DESAN 363R DESAN 364R DESAN 365R VAANM 250R VAANM 360R VAANM 361R VAANM 362R VAANM 363R VAANM 365R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Technological Development and Proficiency

Animation graduates will be able to solve problems in the technical processes of modeling, lighting, rigging, animation, and special effects, and will be proficient in at least one of these areas.

Courses that Contribute: DESAN 262 DESAN 360R DESAN 364R DESAN 365R DESAN 494R VAANM 360R VAANM 365R VAANM 494R VAANM 497R VAANM 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Competence
Collaboration and Professionalism

Animation graduates will become collaborative professionals and engage productively throughout all stages of an interdisciplinary creative project.

Courses that Contribute: DESAN 260 DESAN 265 DESAN 360R DESAN 361R DESAN 365R DESAN 460 DESAN 494R DESAN 497R DESAN 498R VAANM 360R VAANM 361R VAANM 494R VAANM 497R VAANM 498R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong learning
Spirituality, Ethics and Animation

Animation graduates will be able to critically examine ethical issues in the entertainment industry and apply spiritual values to the problems they face there.

Courses that Contribute: DESAN 360R DESAN 361R DESAN 362R DESAN 363R DESAN 365R DESAN 460 VAANM 360R VAANM 362R VAANM 363R VAANM 497R
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence, Lifelong learning
History and Critical Thinking

Animation graduates will make their work stronger by incorporating principles and ideas from the histories of animation, film, and art.

Courses that Contribute: DESAN 260 DESAN 265 DESAN 360R DESAN 361R
Linked to BYU Aims: Lifelong learning

Evidence of Learning


Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement