Sep 21, 2020  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2020-2021

Animation, B.A.


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Objectives


The Department of Animation is committed to the teaching of classical animation traditions that persist and extend into modern screen media. An emphasis on storytelling and collaboration provides a framework for students to experience the practice of studio production workflows, including preparations for a lifetime of ever-changing technology.

In four years at LMU, Animation begin with foundational courses in drawing, storyboarding and filmmaking that lead to the production of group animated films in sophomore year, as well as introductions to 3D and interactive animation. The third year marks a shift to upper division elective courses. Then in the senior year, students complete an animated thesis.

The major is interdisciplinary in its reach across both creative and technical disciplines. Our university liberal arts curriculum and its Ignatian educational principles engage animators with the opportunity to be humanistic storytellers and to integrate meaningful themes within their animated work. Each thesis is a capstone of artistic craft that compels a visual story.

Animation Student Learning Outcomes


Students will:

  • Be ethical and humanistic animation storytellers grounded in traditional skills and innovation.
  • Produce, through the unification of technology and artistic expression, creative projects embedded with social and aesthetical relevance.
  • Validate and integrate collaborative filmmaking as the foundation of animation workflow process, defined by discipline, self-analysis, and critical thinking.

Major Requirements


Lower Division major requirements 34 semester hours
Upper Division major requirements 24 semester hours
Overall Total 120 semester hours

Emphasis in the Major


Sophomore reviews by faculty provide a critique of students' overall performance in their first two years. It is also the occasion for each sophomore to petition faculty for approval of a chosen emphasis within the major, either Film Production or Game Design. The choice of an emphasis does not preclude any upper division electives, but it does inform an appropriate selection of courses. This path then culminates in Senior Thesis, wherein students complete an animated film (Animation/Film Production) or animation for interactive media (Animation/Game Design).

Suggested upper division courses within the Animation/Film Production emphasis include:


Suggested upper division courses within the Animation/Game Design emphasis include:


Animation Model Four-Year Plan


  • Normal course load is at least 15 semester hours or per semester.
  • University core should be selected based on distribution of various disciplines as well as interests and availability.
  • Lower division major requirements should be completed by end of sophomore year.
  • 45 semester hours of upper division coursework are required; these are comprised of upper division core requirements, upper division major requirements, and upper division electives taken.
  • Proper sequencing of major requirements is indicated by prerequisites of individual courses and as noted in the outline below. Please consult assigned academic advisor.

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


Total: 15-17 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 16-17 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


Total: 13-15 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 13-15 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


  • ANIM Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours
  • 1 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
Total: 13-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • ANIM Upper Division Elective 3 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Elective 3-4 semester hours
Total: 15-19 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


Total: 12-14 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 15-17 semester hours

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