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Students in the animation and visual effects program combine artistic vision and technical skills to transform their wildest imaginations into moving images on the screen. Courses of study include 2-D, 3-D and stop-motion animation, and visual effects for movies and motion graphics. With state-of-the-art facilities and talented faculty, students gain the skills to thrive in their chosen field.

A photo from Point Park's animation classes. Submitted photo

Degree Options

An animation students' work.

B.F.A. in Animation and Visual Effects

  • Students pursuing a B.F.A. take courses in the major all four years, culminating in a senior thesis project.
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates possess the necessary balance of narrative and technical skills and asthetic development to find their path in the expanding animation and visual effects industry.
  • B.F.A. students are required to complete 126 credits.

A student-created animation. Submitted photo

B.A. in Animation and Visual Effects

  • B.A. students have the flexibility to double major, pursue study abroad opportunities or complete the degree in less than four years, while still gaining experience in the field.
  • Fewer required courses in the major allows students to take more general electives so that they can build their own interdisciplinary course of study.
  • B.A. students are required to complete 120 credits.

Faculty who work in the field

Point Park faculty members bring academic and work experience into the classroom.

Meet the faculty
Pictured is Jonathan Trueblood.
"I get the most satisfaction when my animation students take their skills into the real world."
A student-created animation. Submitted photo

Course Offerings

You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in your major. Some of the courses in the program include:

  • Classical Animation
  • Visual Development for Animation
  • Concept Art
  • Comics and Storyboarding
  • Intermediate and Advanced Motion Graphics
  • History of Animation
  • Intermediate and Advanced 3D Animation
  • Character Animation and Analysis I & II
  • Theory of Game Design
  • Sound for Animation and Visual Effects

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