Bachelor Of Arts


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The BA in Animation emphasizes animation principles and animation production within a broad Liberal Arts context. In 2016, Animation Career Review ranked DePaul Animation the #16 animation program in the U.S. The student in the Animation BA will be able to draw creatively innovative connections between animation and other subjects of inspiration. This program emphasizes the art of animation, creativity, and critical thinking. Students are introduced to the foundation skills of animating, and then take the production sequence, in which they are expected to bring a broad intellectual and creative viewpoint, influenced by their Liberal Studies courses and electives, to their work. Students can experiment with the latest in animation software, tools, and technologies including hand-drawn, 3D, stop motion, motion capture, motion control, and green screen studios. This is an extremely flexible degree with an emphasis on interdisciplinary learning and self-directed exploration.

Animation Faculty

DePaul has one of the largest full-time Animation faculties in the country. Their filmography includes Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, The Simpsons, Futurama, and Rugrats. Our instructors come from diverse backgrounds in feature and TV animation, commercial production, game development, motion graphics, CGI, and art exhibition. They have worked at major animation and game studios including: Disney Feature Animation, Fox TV, Fox Kids, JibJab, Will Vinton, Sesame Street, NBC Studios, Nickelodeon, Calabash, Rough Draft, WMS, RoboModo, Wideload, and Day 1, and have exhibited internationally at galleries and film festivals.

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  • Brian Ferguson

    Brian is a 25-year veteran Walt Disney Feature Animation character animator whose filmography includes Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Mulan.

  • Steve Socki

    Steve worked in TV Animation at Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, & Disney TV. His new animated film is currently showing in over 30 international film festivals.

  • Amy Lockhart

    Amy’s animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival and the International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan.

Visiting Artists Series learn more


The School of Cinematic Arts Visiting Artist Series brings the top animators, filmmakers, game artists and designers to DePaul for workshops and lectures. Past visiting artists include legendary Russian animator Yuri Norstein, stop-motion animators The Brothers Quay, experimental 3D animator David O’Reilly, Pixar director Doug Sweetland, Pixar character designer Chris Sasaki, Adventure Time artists Jesse Moynihan, Michael DeForge, and Sam Alden, Double Fine Games concept artist Scott Campbell, Disney Feature Animation storyboard artist Lissa Treiman, Werner Herzog, the Wachowskis, and many more.

LA QuarterLearn More

LA Quarter Animation students have the opportunity to study and intern in Los Angeles for three months through DePaul’s innovative LA Quarter program. Students accepted into the program earn degree credit while living in the center of the animation, film and game development industries. LA Quarter students have interned at many studios including DreamWorks Animation, Bix Pix Entertainment, Duck Animation Studios, and Nickelodeon Animation.

Project Bluelight


Students learn from professionals on the set of Project Bluelight.


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Premiere Film Festival Learn More


School of Cinematic Art's best student films screen annually at the historic Music Box Theatre.