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Animation, BFA

Animation concentration provides a comprehensive exploration of the entire production pipeline for a variety of animated content including films, visual effects, broadcast, visualization, games, and spatial media.

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With a focus on developing robust conceptual, narrative and technical software skills, this rigorous studio program explores the power and potential of effective visual communication through 2D and 3D motion design. The animation concentration provides ample opportunities to explore and collaborate with related creative disciplines (VR/AR/XR, game design, interactive, video, etc.) making this a truly unique learning experience. Throughout their education, students will work to develop a professional level portfolio, the centerpiece of which will be a one-year capstone project, demonstrating mastery in their specific area of focus.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate awareness of the foundation and historical methods of digital media and applying research in portfolio development.
  2. Analyze and critique artistic media effectively through both verbal and written communication, showing the ability to collaborate with peers and related disciplines.
  3. Create a large body of portfolio work representing a wide range of concepts reflecting advanced level of analysis
  4. Evaluate current and future trends in the development digital media by employing skills to disseminate and share information over the medium.
  5. Explain and employ a unique personal style that shows significant contribution in the medium.

Co-op Opportunities

  • Boston Public Market
  • The Boston Beer Company
  • TJMaxx and HomeGoods
  • Wayfair

Career Opportunities


2D Artist

3D Artist

VFX Artist

3D Modeler

Technical Artist

Concept Artist

Character Artist/Designer

Environment Artist

Motion Artist

Virtual Production Artist

Game Artist

Unreal Artist

Cinematic Artist

Lighting Artist

Materials Artist


Art Director

CG Generalist

Multidisciplinary Skills

Camera Operations

Set Design

Presenting Ideas


Studio Lighting

Audio Recording

Time Management

Co-Op Opportunities

DreamWorks Animation Studio- VFX Intern [First in Studio History]

Universal Pictures – Virtual Production Artist Intern [Creative Technologies team]

Electronic Arts – Technical Artist Intern

Pixar – Electronic Arts – Technical Artist Intern

Disney Research Imagineering – Research and Development Co-op

ILM, Lucasfilm – Pipeline Intern

Zero VFX – Junior CG Artist – 3D Animation + Visual Effects [Multiple Students]

NU VR Lab – CG Generalist

Bare Tree Media – 2D Animation, Illustration and Motion Design [Multiple Students]

Boston Red Sox – Multimedia + Immersive Media Department [Multiple Students]

Wayfair – 3D Visualization Team [Multiple Students]

Wayfair – Motion Graphics Team

Insider Inc. – Animation and Motion Design [Multiple Students]

Massachusetts Convention Center Authority – Digital Media Intern

Facebook – Interaction Design

MIT – Project Manager co-op – Information Systems & Technology Department


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