Art (Animation), BFA

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With a visual arts foundation and in-depth instruction in upper-level courses, you will be prepared for a flexible career in animation, entertainment media and arts.

The BFA program in art with a concentration in animation prepares students to excel in this field. Animation students are provided an education that simultaneously sustains tradition and fosters innovation through embracing new visualization methodologies and tools with the potential to advance discoveries and insights across disciplines.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are able to demonstrate the technical and artistic abilities to create animations for exhibition in arts venues (galleries, museums, festivals, etc.) and in entertainment media-arts industries. They also are prepared to pursue advanced research in graduate animation programs.

The mission of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is to create works of art, explore the history and traditions of art production, understand more about art's function in society and promote national and international recognition for research and creative activities while fostering cultural development in the community.

Students declare their Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration at the time of their ASU admission. Following admission, if students wish to change their Bachelor of Fine Arts concentration, they may meet with their School of Art academic advisor.

At A Glance

Art (Animation), BFA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Career outlook

Animators work within the realms of fine arts, design, cinema, television, video games, online media, augmented and virtual reality, scientific and data visualization, medical illustration, robotics and a range of other emerging fields.

Top job titles for those with an education in animation include:

  • animator
  • art director
  • artist
  • creative director
  • designer
  • graphic artist
  • graphic designer
  • multimedia designer

For the last several years, jobs for multimedia artists, animators, film and video editors have continued to trend upward nationally.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Special Effects Artists and Animators4.1%$77,700
Art Directors-1.8%$97,270
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 5.6%$69,690
Designers, All Other-1.9%$63,750
Film and Video Editors 21.6%$67,250
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators1%$52,340
Graphic Designers-3.8%$53,380
Commercial and Industrial Designers -3.5%$71,640
Artists and Related Workers, All Other-0.2%$65,800
Set and Exhibit Designers1.2%$58,180

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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