Master of Arts Fall 2012-2013


Animator Concentration

The MA in Animation - Animator Concentration is for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of 3D modeling and animation, with an eye towards a production career in 3D character animation, computer game art, or visual effects. Students in this concentration will receive intense and rigorous training in the history, critical artistic issues, and fundamental principles that are necessary for animation artists. MA in Animation - Animator students take many of the same courses as the MFA in Animation students, with the main difference being the absence of the year-long thesis film. Graduates will be prepared for the many varied career options available to animators, including storyboard artists, visual development artists, modelers, layout artists, character animators, effects animators, character riggers, motion capture artists, lighting artists, commercial animators, motion graphics artists, game artists, environment modelers and effects artists. This concentration is intended for those with undergraduate degrees in animation, film, game development, art, graphic design, illustration, architecture, industrial design and other related areas.

Students enrolled in the Animator Concentration have an opportunity to apply for the Animation MFA program, but this must be done by May 15th of their first year.

Learn more about admission to this program.

Course Legend

Curriculum Requirements

Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of two ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in graduate courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students should contact their advisor to enroll in graduate courses until their Prerequisite Phase is completed. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

ANI 230*
ANI 231*
*Students who are required to take ANI 230 and ANI 231 during their first two quarters must make up the elective courses later in the program. These courses may also be completed during the preceding Spring or Summer terms.
First Year
Fall Quarter
ANI 460
ANI 421
1 Animation Elective*
Winter Quarter
ANI 425
ANI 422
1 3D Animation Elective*
Spring Quarter
ANI 440
ANI 466**
OR ANI 444**
1 3D Animation Elective
*Students who are required to take ANI 230 and ANI 231 during their first two quarters must make up the elective courses later in the program.
**Students who plan to apply for the Animation MFA program during their first year should take ANI 466 rather than ANI 444.
Second Year
Fall Quarter
ANI 540 (2 credit hours)
1 3D Animation Elective
1 Animation Elective
Winter Quarter
ANI 541 (2 credit hours)
1 Animation Elective
Animation Electives
Animation electives include any graduate level ANI, DC, GAM, GD, GPH, HCI or VFX courses.
3D Animation Electives
ANI 430
ANI 431
ANI 432
ANI 433
ANI 435
ANI 436
ANI 438
ANI 439
ANI 445
ANI 450
ANI 451
ANI 452
ANI 453
ANI 478

Degree Requirements

Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements
  • students pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.