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 begins 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.