BS in Animation

Bachelor of Science 2011-2012


The BS in Animation provides students with a solid foundation in the art of animation and its history combined with insight into the latest techniques used in the rapidly-moving fields of high end 3D animation in the film, television, and game development industries. Students will learn a comprehensive set of skills in 3D including character animation, 3D design and modeling, texturing, lighting, and rigging. 3D courses are designed to provide students with necessary proficiencies while also encouraging creativity and experimentation. Students will have access to the latest in animation software, computing systems, and technologies including motion capture and green screen studios. Students will gain valuable production experience both in class and through internships, and benefit from CDM's relationship with Chicago's largest game development and animation studios. Learn more about admission to this program.

Cinema Concentration
The technically demanding art of modern 3D character animation is grounded in the core fundamentals of animation mechanics, visual storytelling and acting. Right from the start, students in the Cinema Animation concentration gain hands-on experience bringing digital characters to life. They are given in-depth instruction in the most up-to-date software and technology available, including motion capture and green screen, but the emphasis is always on creativity, experimentation and expression.

Game Art Concentration
Becoming a game development artist requires a solid foundation in animation, visual design principles, color theory, and drawing. Students in the Game Art concentration also receive in-depth instruction in the latest advanced game modeling and animation technology and practices, including motion capture, rigging and digital sculpting. They learn about real-world problem-solving, team dynamics, and pipeline requirements while working alongside programmers and game designers on cross-disciplinary game development projects.

Online Learning Options
Many courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL) . If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.