Animation | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Animation

Sharpen Your Animation Style

MCAD’s Animation minor provides students an opportunity to explore both 2D- and 3D-animation courses to supplement their major. Taught by instructors with a diverse range of experiences, the curriculum is useful for a film major looking to add creative storytelling skills to their visual repertoire or for a fine arts major wanting to experiment with a wider range of materials. Classes are designed to foster a greater appreciation for the discipline's adaptability as both an applied and a fine arts form.

Student working on their computer

As a Animation minor, you will:

  • Learn classical techniques, as well as a vocabulary for discussing animated films.
  • Acquire specific software, pre-production, and compositing skills. 
  • Hone our storytelling skills.

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Class Highlights

This minor emphasizes a collaborative process of working on teams with students from all MCAD majors.

Required classes include: 

  • Drawing for Animators
  • Storyboard
  • Character Design
  • Experimental Animation

After MCAD

There are many paths to explore with a minor in Animation.

Potential careers include:

  • Background Animator
  • Character Developer
  • 3D Modeler
  • Pixel Artist

“Make whatever the hell you want to make and that new thing will find its audience. Even if it doesn’t, that’s okay, because art is an expression and it’s yours and it doesn’t matter if other people recognize it or not.” –Owen Dennis ‘09, Animator at Cartoon Network