BS in Animation & Digital Media
The Animation & Digital Media program at Thomas Jefferson University connects students to the animation and digital media industries with the objective of becoming successful filmmakers as well as designers capable of applying skillsets to a wide range of industries which are increasingly in demand. The program offers a thorough understanding of animation fundamentals along with practical experience utilizing cutting-edge tools and techniques. As a graduates of the program, you will be equipped for leading creative roles in film, television, visual effects, marketing and video games.
What is Animation?
Animation is the process of combining design, storytelling and production to add life to many types of media. This can include animation for film, television, visual effects, websites, multimedia presentations, mobile applications and video games.
You will learn the entire process of creating beautiful and engaging animations, from concept development and design to working with 2D and 3D animation production software to bring their creations to life. This program equips you with the knowledge for many careers, such as:
- 3D Modeling
- 3D Animation
- 2D Animation
- Motion Graphics
- Video Editing
- Visual Effects
- Character Design
- Multimedia Design
To succeed in today’s workplace, animators will require a diverse combination of skills, including an understanding of basic design principles, the capacity to plan and develop a great story, the ability to harness the latest digital technologies and techniques, and experience working in a collaborative environment.
Recent graduates have found themselves in creative positions at a diverse range of companies from small to medium businesses, and larger companies such as Electronic Arts, Siemens Healthcare, NBC Sports, and Comcast. Many graduates also find themselves seeking a fast-paced career in an agency environment. Gramercy Park Studios, BOCO Digital Media, Brolik Productions, Tonic Design Co., and Night Kitchen Interactive are just a few of the notable agencies where PhilaU graduates have established their careers.
Immersed in the Jefferson design community, animation students use cutting-edge tools and techniques, hone their storytelling abilities and study every phase of production. Students collaborate with graphic, interactive, industrial and fashion students on industry projects and graduate equipped for leading creative roles in film, television, visual effects, and video games.
- Focus on production, storytelling, typography, hierarchy, and image-making
- Use professional tools to design, model, and animate compelling 3D characters and environments
- Explore advanced 3D and 2D studies to plan and implement short films
- Graphic Design Communication
- Web Design and Development
- User Experience & Interaction Design (M.S.)
- Health Communication Design (M.S.)