Animation | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


Explore the world of animation. MCAD is committed to cutting-edge technology in this field, while also being one of few schools to teach hand-drawn 2D techniques.

Student sits at an animation computer with an animation still showing on her computer. Student looks over shoulder at camera and smiles. Her backpack can be seen in the background.


As an Animation major, you will: 

  • Learn the basics of animation and produce an animated short
  • Explore illustrated, stop motion, and computer-generated approaches to animation
  • Develop your personal animation style

MCAD Animation graduates have found positions with Nickelodeon, FOX, SyFy Channel, Disney, and more.

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What type of animation will be taught?

Students learn 2D and 3D stop-motion and hand-drawn animation and will be introduced to digital tools for editing and compositing their output. Students will experiment with short animated sketches through a series of exercises including ball bounce, walk cycle, and sound sync. They will also learn skills in storyboarding and composition while becoming savvy storytellers, using drawing or sculptures to spin tales.

What software will I use for animation?

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Stop Motion Studio (free app for smartphones and tablets)

What type of projects will I be working on?

Students will produce an original finished animated product, 15-30 seconds in duration. To complete the project, students will choose an animation style (Traditional, Stop Motion, or After Effects) and create mood boards and storyboards that illustrate a plan for the final project.