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Academic Program Guide

Animation and Digital Arts

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2024 and after)

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. After the freshman year, students only take courses in the major and the curriculum is lock-step — i.e., the faculty determines which courses students take each semester and the sample schedule below is subject to change.

The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

The Animation and Digital Arts program in the College of Motion Picture Arts is a Specialized Admission program. Admission is highly selective.

Mapping Coordinator: Mary Correia

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Mathematics3
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice (FIL2001 recommended)3
GE Social Science3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Natural Science3
GE Ethics (PHI2010 recommended)3
GE Core History (AMH2020 recommended)3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GE statewide core courses
Complete one Diversity course
Complete Natural Science Lab
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
FIL2110 Story Development & Screenwriting I1
FIL2113L Screenwriting Workshop1
FIL2423 Filmmaking I3
FIL2557 Motion Picture Editing2
FIL2043 History & Practice of VFX and Animation2
FIL2090 Professional Communication1
FIL3833 Film Styles 3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete FIL2090 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete FIL2043 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
FIL3702L Lighting, Texturing, and Rendering2
FIL2730 Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics2
FIL2731 Introduction to 3D Computer Animation2
FIL2710 Visualization 13
IDS2453 Reality & Illusion in World Cinema3
Required Milestones: Term 4
Complete IDS2453 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Summer hrs
FIL3XXX Lighting, Texturing, and Rendering II2
FIL3736 Character Animation I2
FIL4713 Character Art2
FIL3971 Thesis Film Support 1
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
FIL3132 Screenwriting II2
FIL2533 Motion Picture Sound2
FIL2XXX Intro to Rigging2
FIL3971 Thesis Film Support2
FIL3641 Motion Picture Prod Management 1
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete a Pre-graduation Check with College
Civic Literacy requirement
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
FIL4434 Advanced Filmmaking9
FIL 2533 Motion Picture Sound1
FIL3971 Thesis Film Support2
FIL4135 Thesis Development3
FIL4923 Undergrad Film Seminar6
FIL4975 Undergrad Honors Thesis 0-3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
FIL4973 BFA Thesis Production12
FIL4973 BFA Thesis Production11
FIL4975 Undergrad Honors Thesis1
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete Pre-Graduation Check with Registrar
Complete Upper Division Writing: FIL4135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete Formative Experience: FIL4973 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
FIL4973 BFA Thesis Production3-6
FIL4970 Thesis Defense0
FIL4933 Professional Development3
FIL4613 Marketing & Exhibition (required for directors & producers)3
FIL4952 Portfolio Production3
FIL4975 Undergrad Honors Thesis 0-3
Required Milestones: Term 8
Pass FIL4970
Apply for Graduation in 1st 2 weeks of semester
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA

Employment Information
Representative Job Titles Related to this Major (BFA or MFA): Director, Writer, Producer (Executive, Assistant, Unit), Editor, Modeler, Texture artist, Rigger, CG Lighter, Technical Director, Animator, Animation supervisor, Look development, Compositor, Production designer, Art director, Supervising art director, Production manager, Post-production supervisor, Post-production coordinator, Storyboard artist, Previz artist, Graphic designer, Visual development coordinator, Foley mixer, Sound effects recordist, Supervising sound editor, Sound editor, Dialogue Supervisor, Visual effects coordinator, Visual effects creative supervisor, Marketing coordinator.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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