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Academic Program Guide

Animation and Digital Arts

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Fall 2020 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. 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 multicultural 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 limited access program. Admission is highly selective.

Mapping Coordinator: Caitlin Tidwell

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Mathematics3
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Writing course3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics course ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Natural Science3
GE Ethics3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice (Multicultural Y)3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics course ( ≥ C minus )
Complete GE statewide core courses
Complete Multicultural Y course
Complete any remaining GE electives (IDS2453 in major can count towards GE)
Complete Natural Science Lab
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 3 hrs
FIL2110 - Story Development & Screenwrting I1
FIL2113L - Screenwriting Workshop1
FIL2423 - Filmmaking I3
FIL2557 - Motion Picture Editing3
FIL2043r - History & Practice of VFX and Animation2
FIL2090 - Professional Communication1
Milestones 3
Complete Oral Competency: FIL2090 ( ≥ C minus )
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 4 hrs
FIL4923 - Undergraduate Film Seminar1
FIL3932 - Special Topics3
FIL2731 - Intro to 3D Animation2
FIL3363 - Documentary Filmmaking3
IDS2453 - Reality & Illusion in World Cinema3
Milestones 4
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Summer hrs
FIL3433 - Filmmaking II2
FIL4972 - Production Management2
FIL3702 - Lighting, Texturing, and Rendering I2
FIL3736 - Character Animation2
FIL2731 - Intro to 3D Animation1
FIL2481 – Acting for Filmmakers 1
Term 5 hrs
FIL3132 - Screenwriting II3
FIL4713 - Character Art2
FIL2533 - Motion Picture Sound1
FIL4737 - Character Animation II2
FIL 3702r - Lighting, Texturing, and Rendering I2
FIL3971 Thesis Film Support2
Milestones 5
Complete a Pre-graduation Check with College
Civic Literacy requirement
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 6 hrs
FIL4434 - Advanced Filmmaking6
Film Elective3
Film Elective3
FIL3963 - BFA Qualifying Exam0
FIL4135 - Thesis Development3
FIL4923 - Undergraduate Film Seminar2
Film Elective2
Film Elective2
Milestones 6
Pass FIL3963
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 7 hrs
FIL4973 - Thesis Film12
Milestones 7
Complete Pre-Graduation Check with Registrar
Maintain 3.00 or higher GPA
Term 8 hrs
FIL4973 - Thesis Film3
FIL4970 - Thesis Defense0
FIL4613 - Marketing & Exhibition3
FIL4933 - Professional Development3
Film Elective3
Milestones 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.

View Animation and Digital Arts Program Guide