MA | Traditional Animation

Master of Arts 2019-2020


Traditional Animation 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.

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 Introductory Course may be substituted for any other course at any level.

First Year

Fall Quarter
ANI 460 Animation Graduate Seminar
ANI 421 Animation Mechanics
1 Traditional Animation Elective

*Students with 3D animation experience can have the ANI 423 requirement waived by their Faculty Advisor, and replace it with an Animation Elective.

Winter Quarter
ANI 425 Visual Storytelling
ANI 422 Animation History and Practice
1 Traditional Animation Elective
Spring Quarter
ANI 466 Cinema, Animation and Art
OR ANI 444 Visual Design for Games
ANI 426 Visual Concept Development
1 Traditional Animation Elective

Traditional Animation Electives

Students must complete 3 courses from this list

ANI 420 Hand-Drawn Animation
ANI 427 Hand-Drawn Character Animation
ANI 428 Animation Figure Study I
ANI 429 Advanced Storyboarding
ANI 445 Character Design
ANI 455 Stop Motion Animation
ANI 456 Experimental Animation
ANI 457 Hybrid Animation
ANI 458 Advanced Stop Motion Animation
ANI 470 Acting for Animators
ANI 490 Topics in Animation

CDM Electives

Students must Complete four 4 graduate courses from any program in the College of Computing and Digital Media.