Animation Degrees: Online and Campus-Based Programs

Get information on the types of animation degrees that are available, including online and campus-based programs. See what you'll study, and explore the job growth and salary projections for animators and media artists. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kind of Animation Degree Can I Earn?

Many schools offer animation bachelor's degree programs both on campus and online. These programs are designed to give you an overview of the various types of digital animation used in television, film and video games. You'll learn how to animate in both 2D and 3D using various kinds of professional software. It will take you about four years to complete a bachelor's degree program in animation, and most schools require you to have a high school diploma or GED. Other admission requirements, such as standardized test scores and personal essays, may apply.

Degree Overview 4-year degree, training in digital animation used in television, film and video games
Online Requirements Animation and graphics software often required
Common Courses Production techniques, computer 3D modeling, storyboard rendering for animation, advanced 3D textures, advanced 2D animation
Median Salary (2014) $63,630 (for multimedia artists and animators)*
Job Outlook (2014-2024) 6% increase (for multimedia artists and animators)*

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Can I Complete This Degree Online?

Several schools do offer online animation degree programs. You will need a reliable broadband Internet connection to receive and submit your assignments through the course management system. Additionally, most programs will require you to have access to graphics and animation software like Adobe Photoshop and AutoDesk 3Ds Max. You may also need media software, such as Windows Media Player or Real Player, to view lectures and other online course materials.

What Is The Curriculum Like?

At least two semesters of general education courses are required before you move on to your animation studies. Some examples of animation topics you may encounter during the program include the following:

  • Character and object animation
  • Computer 3D modeling
  • Advanced 3D textures
  • Production techniques
  • Storyboard rendering for animation
  • Advanced 2D animation
  • Web animation

What Is The Career Outlook For Animators?

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2014, multimedia artists and animators earned a median annual salary of $63,630. The BLS also predicted professional opportunities for multimedia artists and animators to grow 6% over 2014-2024. Expanding technologies and a demand for digital artists in the motion picture and video game industries were expected to fuel that growth.

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