Electronic Arts

Computer Animation Studies (4 Year Plan)

This schedule is only one example of a possible degree program.  Please see your advisor early in your first semester to discuss possible variations for your own degree plan.  All statements in this document concerning requirements, prerequisites, conditions or other matters are for informational purposes and are subject to change.  Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with advisees sharing in the responsibility.

Students pursuing computer animation studies will be required to complete ART230 and MED 465, and will choose 12 hours of electives from: Art 330, ART 331, ART 430, ART 431, ART 432(3-6) and ART 399 (3-6). 

Note that this schedule includes an Art Minor, one of the many minor options available to Electronic Arts students.

Entrance to the EA program is selective.  Students must complete at least 3 of the 4 pre-core admission classes (ART 100, MED 290, MED 365, MUS 216), including the course in the option area to which they will apply, before making a portfolio application.  Portfolio includes a minimum of two and a maximum of three examples of work in the option area (audio, video, interactive new media, or computer animation) with at least one example coming from the preadmission core course in the track to which the student is applying.

Because of the structure of the EA program it would be very difficult to complete this degree in three years.  Though not impossible, candidates would have to be accepted into the program in the fall semester of the second year.  This outcome is difficult to accomplish given course periodicity and the requirement to have completed the pre-core classes before making the formal portfolio application to the program.

The EA major requires a minor.  No more than 6 hours may count toward both the major and the minor. 

NOTE: If you intend to take a minor in media or to use media as a fall back degree option if not accepted into the EA program, MED 130: Fundamentals of Media Convergence would be a good class to take early in semester #3.

Students need a minimum of 125 hours with 40 hours of coursework at a 300+ course level to graduate.

Periodicity of many classes is important with many scheduled as F (fall) or S (spring) only classes.  Check catalog.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
General Education 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
General Education 3
ART 100 2D Design 3
ART 115 Drawing I 3
Total hours17

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 290 Fundamentals of Multimedia Design 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
General Education 3
ART 101 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 215 Drawing II 3
Total hours18

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
KIN 210 Healthy Lifestyles: Preventive Approaches 3
ART 230 Computer Animation I 3
MED 365 Digital Film and Media Production 3
MUS 216 Introduction to Audio Techniques 3
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours17

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 330 Computer Animation II 3
EA Core 3
Art Core 3
Elective 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 331 Computer Animation III 3
MED 465 Principles of Cinematography 3
General Education: Natural World 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total hours16

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 430 Computer Animation IV 3
ART 300 Fundamentals of Collaboration in Electronic Arts 3
General Education 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 431 Professional Practices in Computer Animation 3
ART 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts 3
General Education: Natural World 4
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 432 Computer Animation V 3
MED 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts 3
Elective 3
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours14