The award-winning Animation/Illustration program prepares students for intellectually and aesthetically challenging careers in print, feature and television animation, FX animation, layout, and multi-media by providing courses that encourage conceptual thinking and professional practice.
Headed by Alice "Bunny" Carter and Courtney Granner (with support from John Clapp, David Chai, Sheldon Borenstein, Raquel Coelho, Lizz Briggs and Barron Storey), the curriculum demands the development of exceptional proficiency in drawing and students considering the field should love to draw and should have significant aptitude in that area. Although courses requiring the use of electronic media are offered concurrently with traditional classes, intellectual curiosity and visual acuity remain at the core of the program.
Guest lectures, workshops, and a unique distance-learning classroom, which gives students the opportunity to work with leading professionals through live transmissions, enhance regularly scheduled classes. To further prepare students for their careers, all Animation/Illustration students are required to complete a three-unit professional internship as part of their degree requirements.
Animation/Illustration students are encouraged to expand the scope of their education beyond the campus. To help them in this, they are offered the chance to travel nationally and internationally to studios, schools, museums, and galleries and many join at least one of our yearly trips to Los Angeles, New York, London, or Paris.
An active placement program helps to insure professional success. Recent graduates have gained employment at DreamWorks Animation, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Blue Sky Studios, PIXAR, LucasArts, LucasFilm, Industrial Light and Magic, Electronic Arts, etc. Their list of credits includes network television, games, and more than fifty major motions pictures.
Although any art student can take the lower-division and beginning courses in Animation/Illustration, a mandatory portfolio review is required for admission to the advanced, upper-division courses. Once admitted, students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all art and design courses.