Four-Year Degree Plan: Computer Animation

The schedule below is only one example of a possible degree program. This sample plan should not be used as a strict guide to completion of the program.

Please work with your academic advisor during your first advising appointment to set up your individualized degree plan using the Degree Works Student Education Planner. 

Effective academic advisement is a partnership, with the 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.

The following degree plan is based on the 2018-19 catalog and Missouri State general education requirements.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
Life Sciences (lab) or Physical Sciences (lab) - General Education 4
ART 100 2D Design 3
ART 115 Drawing I 3
Total hours15

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 290 Fundamentals of Multimedia Design 3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
The Arts - General Education 3
ART 110 Introduction to New Media 3
Total hours15

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 230 Computer Animation I 3
MED 365 Digital Film and Media Production 3
Life Sciences (no lab) or Physical Sciences (no lab) - General Education 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
ART 101 Three-Dimensional Design 3
Total hours15

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 330 Computer Animation II 3
MUS 216 Introduction to Audio Techniques 3
Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning - General Education 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States since 1877
3
Course for minor 3
Portfolio Application Review - EA requirement 0
Total hours15

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 331 Computer Animation III 3
MED 465 Principles of Cinematography
or MED 466 Advanced Editing
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Humanities - General Education 3
Course for minor 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 430 Computer Animation IV 3
ART 300 Fundamentals of Collaboration in Electronic Arts 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences - General Education 3
Cultural Competence - General Education 3
Course minor (upper level) 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts 3
ART 431 Professional Practices in Computer Animation 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
Course for minor 3
Public Issues - General Education 3
Total hours15

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
MED 498 Senior Project in Electronic Arts 3
ART 399 Individual Instruction 3
Course for minor (upper level) 3
General elective (upper level) 3
General elective 3
Total hours15

Entrance to the EA program is selective.  Students must complete at least 3 of the 4 pre-admission core classes (ART 100 plus two from MED 290, MED 365, or MUS 216) with a B or better average before making a portfolio application. Animation students must also complete ART 230 before submitting their portfolio application. The portfolio consists of 2-3 examples of the student’s best work in the discipline to which they are applying, several short essays, and an interview.

The EA major requires a minor. Only 6 hours may count for both the major and the minor. The minor should be selected in consultation with your academic advisor.

A minimum of 120 hours (with 40 hours of upper division coursework at the 300+ course level) is required to graduate.

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

This schedule is only one example of a possible degree program. Please see your advisor early in your first semester to discuss possible variations of 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.

Degree plan last reviewed 05-09-2018.