Animation Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D Animation
Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Animation

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Animation is the art of bringing life to an otherwise lifeless form. It is the merger of technology, artistry, and storytelling at its finest. Throw in today’s advanced technology and you have virtually unlimited possibilities to create something special.

Animation Program Overview

As an Animation Program student, you’ll explore the field of animation at every level. You’ll hone your skills as an animator with hands-on training in story and character design courses that prepare you for the real world of professional animation production. We keep your animation degree classes small so students can experience the kind of individual attention and support that allows them to blossom as artists.

The Animation Program is focused on helping students understand how to use the technical skills and techniques they’ve learned to create original animation and compelling narratives. You’ll not only graduate with an incredible portfolio, but you’ll also leave RMCAD with the ability to communicate through animation production. 

3D animated scene of a girl in a boat speaking to a giant water serpent.
RMCAD Animation student holding a laptop, surrounded by animation software UI and art.
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Animation Program Highlights

Modeling (3D)

Students develop skills to equip them for entry level 3D modeling work at various studios.

Texture Mapping (3D)

Students create appropriate textures for the shot, whether realistic or stylized.

Character Design

Students demonstrate artistry, unique voice, conceptualization and process including thumbnails, comps and character designs.


Students create storyboards and animatics that give a sense of style and timing for a full animated production. 

Observational Drawing

Students demonstrate strong drawing, composition, anatomy, color and perspective skills.

Line of Action

Students develop a solid understanding of the importance of posing characters, which will translate into stronger and more believable character animation.


Students demonstrate a thorough knowledge of animation fundamentals and believability in motion, timing and structure. They also develop an eye for noticing subtleties of motion.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Animation Degree Requirements

At RMCAD, our animation degree curriculum is focused on helping students develop a strong skill set that allows their unique, artistic voice to shine through. You’ll learn essential skills —from 2D and 3D animation techniques to storyboard tools and more – while you collaborate with talented artists from all walks of life—making every second of your education an exciting one!

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Tech + Tools

In the world of animation production, the most important tool you need is your imagination. While RMCAD’s 2D Animation Program focuses on traditional drawing techniques, our 3D Animation Program focuses on computer-generated imagery (CGI) and other tech-driven industry trends that allow your computer skills to take the main stage—with your stylus and high-res computer taking on the lead roles.


Animation Careers

Are you ready to become an animator? RMCAD’s Animation Degree helps equip you for success in the following roles.

Potential Career Paths

Student Work + Success

Stories @ RMCAD

Animation Faculty

RMCAD’s dedicated faculty has the experience and insight to guide you to the finish line.

Animation Events

There’s always action in animation—check out the latest happenings.

Student Benefit Partnerships

2D + 3D Animation

3D Animation

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