The BA in Animation will prepare graduates to secure positions as animators and multimedia artists in the moving image production industry.

Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge of artistic principles, conventions, methods, and practices through the creation and production of animated works of art;
2. Utilize the core concepts, capabilities, and tools of animation technology;
3. Apply critical and creative thinking skills in a variety of contexts;
4. Identify ways in which animation can be utilized in both creative and practical contexts;
5. Assure high quality production values in the work that they create; and
6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, produce projects individually and collaboratively, engage fully in the entire production process, from concept to distribution.
 

The BA in Animation totals 120 credits, with 57 academic credits in the program - 45 required credits and 12 elective credits. This degree is administered through the Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres in the Peck School of the Arts. Applicants entering the program with an AAS degree from the Animation Department in the School of Media and Creative Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) may be granted admission at the third-year level.

Students in the department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres are required to have a laptop computer and video editing software.

Requirements

The BA in Animation Arts is a 120-credit degree that includes 45 credits of university requirements, 18 credits of general electives and 57 credits in Animation and Filmmaking.

University Core45
Animation Requirements57
General Electives18
Total Credits120

University Core

The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Fine Arts is 120. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

General Education Requirements 1
Competencies 1
Oral and Written Communication – Part A and Part B 2
Quantitative Literacy (QL) – Part A and Part B 2
Foreign Language 2
Distribution Requirements 1
Humanities6
Natural Sciences (Must include one lab)6
Social Sciences6
Cultural Diversity 2
Electives
Additional Electives12
Credits in Peck School of the Arts 312
University Credits3
Total Credits45
1

Learn more about the General Education Requirements.

2

Credits may be utilized in required curriculum areas.

3

Up to 12 credits inside the Peck School of the Arts (9 required, the remaining 3 may remain inside FVANG as an elective) in at least 3 of the 4 departments outside the student's discipline (Art and Design, Dance, Music, and Theater).

BA Animation Arts Requirements

Animation Requirements
FILM 110Foundation Topics: (students are required to complete 2 sections for 6 credits of FILM 110)6
FILM 180Foundation Production: Fiction6
FILM 181Foundation Production: Nonfiction6
FILM 222Digital Filmmaking3
FILM 232Animation I3
FILM 343The Business of Animation3
FILM 385Experimental Animation3
FILM 388Stop Motion Animation3
FILM 486Advanced Animation3
FILM 509Senior Project I3
FILM 510Senior Project II6
And one of the following:3
Cartoons, Animation, and the Graphic Novel
The Animated Short
Miyazaki Shorts and Features
Foundation Review 1
Animation and Film Electives 29
General Electives18
May be taken from any university discpline, including Animation and Filmmaking.
Total Credits75
1

Foundation Review for admission to major includes completion of Department Foundation courses (FILM 110 @ 6cr, FILM 180, and FILM 181). Review consists of 2 final projects made in Department Foundation courses and a copy of current academic transcript submitted to department faculty for review by advertised deadline in Fall and Spring semesters. Check your emails for Foundation Review deadlines.

2

A full list of film and animation electives can be found here.

 

Applicants Entering the Program with an AAS degree in Animation from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

Applicants entering the program with an AAS degree in Animation from MATC will be granted admission at the third-year level.
 
University Core18
Animation/Filmmaking Requirements
FILM 180Foundation Production: Fiction6
or FILM 181 Foundation Production: Nonfiction
FILM 303Current Topics in Media Arts Production3
FILM 343The Business of Animation3
FILM 385Experimental Animation3
FILM 388Stop Motion Animation3
FILM 486Advanced Animation3
FILM 509Senior Project I3
FILM 510Senior Project II6
Film or Animation Elective 3
General Electives6
Total Credits57

BA Animation Recommended Film Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallCredits
FILM 110 Foundation Topics: 3
FILM 180 Foundation Production: Fiction 6
University Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 110 Foundation Topics: 3
FILM 181 Foundation Production: Nonfiction 6
University Core 6
Foundation Review
 Credits15
Year 2
Fall
FILM 222 Digital Filmmaking 3
FILM 232 Animation I 3
ARTHIST 205 History of Film I: Development of an Art (Fulfills GER: Humanities) 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 388 Stop Motion Animation 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Cartoons, Animation, and the Graphic Novel
The Animated Short
Miyazaki Shorts and Features
University Core 9
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
FILM 385 Experimental Animation 3
Film or Animation Elective 3
General Electives and University Core 9
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 486 Advanced Animation 3
Film or Animation Elective 3
General Electives 6
University Core 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
Film or Animation Elective 3
FILM 509 Senior Project I 3
General Electives 6
University Core 3
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 343 The Business of Animation 3
FILM 510 Senior Project II 6
General Elective 3
University Core 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120

Applicants Entering the Program with an AAS degree in Animation from Milwaukee Technical College (MATC)

Plan of Study Grid
Year 3
FallCredits
FILM 180
Foundation Production: Fiction
or Foundation Production: Nonfiction
6
FILM 388 Stop Motion Animation 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 303 Current Topics in Media Arts Production 3
FILM 385 Experimental Animation 3
FILM 486 Advanced Animation 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
FILM 343 The Business of Animation 3
Film or Animation Elective 3
FILM 509 Senior Project I 3
University Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Film or Animation Elective 3
FILM 510 Senior Project II 6
University Core 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits60

Advising

Location: Theatre 120
Reception Hours: 9AM-4PM Monday through Friday
(closed on university holidays)
Contact: (414) 229-4763

Academic advising is an important aspect of long-term academic success. At the Peck School of the Arts, we offer professional academic advising in the following undergraduate disciplines: art, dance, film, music, and theatre.

Advisors provide students with individualized advising to assist them in areas such as: degree requirements, major options, course selection, campus resources, college success strategies, graduation assessment, academic policies and procedures, etc. 

For more information on Peck School of the Arts advising, please visit http://uwm.edu/arts/advising/.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a GPA of 3.500 or greater in the major and the academic department's recommendation.

High Honors in the Major is granted to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or greater and the academic department's recommendation.

Departmental Honors are granted to students recommended by their academic department for Honors excellence in performance not reflected in the GPA.

Dean's Honors are granted to students with major achievements in one or more of the arts.

Honors in the Peck School of the Arts

Dean's Honor List

GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.

Honors College Degree and Honors College Degree with Distinction

Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.

Commencement Honors

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).

Final Honors

Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.