Master of Arts 2013-2014


Animator Concentration
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • Complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours in the designated program.
  • Complete all graduate courses and requirements listed in the designated degree program.
  • Earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses of the designated degree program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Students pursuing a second (or more) graduate degree may not double count or retake any course that applied toward the completion of a prior graduate degree. If a required course in the second degree was already completed and applied toward a previous degree, the student must meet with a faculty advisor to discuss a new course to be completed and substituted in the new degree. This rule also applies to cross-listed courses, which are considered to be the same course but offered under different subjects.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree must complete a minimum of 52* graduate credit hours beyond their first designated degree program in addition to any required introductory courses in their second designated degree program.
    *53 graduate credit hours required for MS Information Systems.

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.

Course Requirements

No course labeled as Introductory in any other program may be substituted for any other course at any level.

First Year
Fall Quarter
ANI 423 3D Animation Survey
ANI 460 Animation Graduate Seminar
ANI 421 Animation Mechanics
Winter Quarter
ANI 425 Visual Storytelling
ANI 422 Animation Styles and Techniques
1 3D Animation Elective
Spring Quarter
ANI 440 Collaborative Short Animated Film
ANI 466 Cinema, Animation and Art
OR ANI 444 Visual Design for Games
1 3D Animation Elective
Note: 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 Animated Short Film Part I (2 credit hours)
1 3D Animation Elective
1 Animation Elective
Winter Quarter
ANI 541 Animated Short Film Part II (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 3D Character Animation
ANI 431 Advanced 3D Character Animatio
ANI 432 3D Rigging
ANI 433 Advanced 3D Rigging
ANI 435 3D Character Modeling
ANI 436 3D Modeling Studio
ANI 438 3D Organic Modeling
ANI 439 3D Texturing and Lighting
ANI 445 Character Design
ANI 450 Motion Capture
ANI 451 Advanced Motion Capture Studio
ANI 452 3D Scripting
ANI 453 Advanced 3D Scripting
ANI 478 3D Dynamics