Master of Fine Arts


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The MFA in Animation degree is for students who are interested in creating original animated films and artwork as their main vocation. In 2016, Animation Career Review ranked DePaul Animation the #16 animation program in the U.S. Students in the MFA in Animation degree will receive intense and rigorous training in the history, critical artistic issues, and fundamental principles that are necessary for animation artists. The student films created throughout their degree will be challenged by faculty in critiques, through which students will be urged to develop a personal vision and push the limits of their abilities and the potential of animation as an expressive medium. The program uses the cohort model, so students will work alongside their peers throughout their degree. Filmmakers choosing this field often support themselves and fund their films by teaching college, which requires an MFA, so MFA in Animation graduates will be eligible to compete for tenure-track teaching positions within the growing number of Animation programs around the world. The degree is intended for those with undergraduate degrees in Animation, Film, Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and other visual art areas.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Admission Process

The graduate application process involves completing an online application, sending in your transcripts and submitting any supplemental material (e.g., letters of recommendation, certifications, etc.). To learn more about the process, visit our Graduate Admission page for more information.

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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.

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 Quarter Learn More

Los Angeles 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.

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Lynda Rollins
MFA in Animation

Project Bluelight


Students learn from professionals on the set of Project Bluelight.

Premiere Film Festival Learn More


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