BFA in Design with concentration in Animation

BFA in Design, Animation teaches students how to solve complex, dynamic, and diverse design and communication problems with moving images. Courses begin by building a solid grounding in the principles of animation, visual problem-solving, visual communication, and design thinking. Learning continues through hands-on experience with traditional and digital animation techniques. Students explore the many professional applications of animation including storytelling, editorial, advertising, education, and game design. As skill levels grow, students apply their technique on larger projects to develop experience with production skills, project planning, and working as part of a design team, culminating in a capstone animation project. 

At every level, the program emphasizes a solid understanding of and rigorous practice with problem-solving and the principles of motion. This equips students with a highly versatile and durable set of skills to serve them long after current digital tools are obsolete.
Graduates from the BFA in Design, Animation are well-positioned to work as professional animators in the fields of entertainment, advertising, illustration, and gaming. Furthermore, with a strong theoretical foundation, students can apply their design skills to a growing range of fields in which clear and engaging communication is a necessity.
BDS 101 (Studio)4ILLU 200 (Studio)4
BDS 103 (Studio)4ANIM 200 (Studio)4
HA 151 (Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE))060**3ANIM 121 (Studio)4
Core 34: English (SGE)0103ADS 3403
ADS 320 (must be completed 3 times)1Core 34: Math and Statistics (SGE)0303
 15 18
ANIM 210 (Studio)4ANIM 310 (Studio)4
ANIM 215 (Studio)4ANIM 315 (Studio)4
ANIM 221 (Studio)1ANIM 321 (Studio)3
ADS 3463FMS 2003
FMS 1003ADS 320 (must be completed 3 times)1
 15 15
ANIM 410 (Studio)4ANIM 420 (Studio)4
ANIM 415 (Studio)4ANIM 435 (Studio)4
Core 34: Natural and Physical Sciences (SGE)0404ADS 4023
Core 34: Communications (SGE)0203Core 34: English (SGE)0103
 ADS 320 (must be completed 3 times)1
 15 15
ANIM 440 (Capstone Studio)4ANIM 450 (Studio)4
ANIM 445 (Studio)3ADS 4551
Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503Core 34: Social and Behavior Science (SGE)0503
Core 34: Arts and Humanities (SGE)0603Core 34: US Culture (SGE)0703
 Core 34: Global Culture (SGE)0703
 13 14
Total Hours 120

ADS 320: KU Design Professional Lecture Series: Three credit hours of ADS 320 are required.

*  - This course is a Required major course and is also part of Core 34: Systemwide General Education.  If this course is not taken to fulfill the Core 34:SGE requirement, it must be taken in place of elective hours.

**  - This course is a Recommended Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This specific course is not required but is recommended by the program’s faculty.

***  - This course is a Required Core 34: Systemwide General Education course.  This program is approved by the Kansas Board of Regents to require this specific Core 34:Systemwide General Education course.  If a student did not take this course it must be taken in addition to other degree requirements.