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 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

BA Animation Requirements

Animation Requirements
Complete six credits of:6
Foundation Topics: (students are required to complete 2 sections for 6 credits of FILM 110)
FILM 180Foundation Production: Fiction6
FILM 181Foundation Production: Nonfiction6
FILM 222Introduction to Digital Filmmaking3
FILM 232Animation I3
FILM 341Theory/Practice Seminar: (The Business of Animation)3
FILM 380Production Topics: (Stop-Motion Animation)3
FILM 380Production Topics: (Experimental Animation)3
FILM 460Advanced Portfolio Topics:3
FILM 509Senior Project I3
FILM 510Senior Project II6
Foundation Review 1
Animation Electives
Choose 9 credits from the following:9
Theory/Practice Seminar: (The Animated Short)
Theory/Practice Seminar: (Cartoons, Animation & Graphic Novel)
Theory/Practice Seminar: (Miyazaki Shorts and Features)
Production Topics: (Character Design & Animation)
Production Topics: (Interactive Animation)
Production Topics: (Puppetry)
Production Topics: (Quick Sketch for Animation)
Intermediate Media Arts Module: (The Animation Production Process)
Intermediate Media Arts Module: (Visual Effects)
Intermediate Media Arts Module: (Advanced Visual Effects)
Additional Elective
FILM 150Multicultural America 23
General Electives18
May be taken from any university discpline, including Animation and Filmmaking.
Total Credits75
 

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 380Production Topics: (Experimental Animation)3
FILM 420Intermediate Media Arts Module: (The Business of Animation)3
FILM 420Intermediate Media Arts Module: (Stop-Motion Animation)3
FILM 460Advanced Portfolio Topics: (Retake to complete 6 credits)6
FILM 509Senior Project I3
FILM 510Senior Project II6
Choose one:3
Production Topics:
Intermediate Media Arts Module:
Advanced Portfolio Topics:
General Electives6
Total Credits60

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 Introduction to 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 341 Theory/Practice Seminar: 3
FILM 380 Production Topics: (Stop-Motion Animation) 3
University Core 9
 Credits15
Year 3
Fall
Choose one: 3
Production Topics:  
Intermediate Media Arts Module:  
Advanced Portfolio Topics:  
FILM 380 Production Topics: (Experimental Animation) 3
General Electives and University Core 9
 Credits15
Spring
Choose one: 3
Production Topics:  
Intermediate Media Arts Module:  
Advanced Portfolio Topics:  
FILM 460 Advanced Portfolio Topics: (Advanced Animation Studio) 3
General Electives 6
University Core 3
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
Choose one: 3
Production Topics:  
Intermediate Media Arts Module:  
Advanced Portfolio Topics:  
FILM 509 Senior Project I 3
General Electives 6
University Core 3
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 341 Theory/Practice Seminar: (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 380 Production Topics: (Stop Motion Animation) 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 303 Current Topics in Media Arts Production 3
FILM 380 Production Topics: (Experimental Animation) 3
FILM 460 Advanced Portfolio Topics: (Advanced Animation Studio) 3
University Core 6
 Credits15
Year 4
Fall
Choose one: 3
Production Topics:  
Intermediate Media Arts Module:  
Advanced Portfolio Topics:  
FILM 460 Advanced Portfolio Topics: 3
FILM 509 Senior Project I 3
University Core 3
General Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
FILM 420 Intermediate Media Arts Module: 3
FILM 510 Senior Project II 6
University Core 3
General Elective 3
 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.