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B.A. in Animation

Animate Your World

You’re passionate about bringing art to life. Regent’s Bachelor of Arts in Animation degree program can equip you to create, innovate, and collaborate in visual storytelling. And you can learn at one of the most technologically advanced communication facilities on the East Coast.

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August 19, 2024
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LEARN FROM THE BEST

Access cutting-edge computer animation software and design studios. The facilities at Regent allow students in the animation degree program to get hands-on experience and education from some of the most respected professionals in the field. These award-winning educators work to provide a firm foundation to help students develop animation skills including:

  • Conceptualization, modeling and construction, texturing, animation, digital cinematography, and postproduction.
  • Compositing and sound, writing for animation, storyboard creation, and advanced 3D computer generated techniques for creating digital special effects.
  • Budgeting, creating business plans, pitching concepts and marketing your animation capabilities.

FUEL YOUR PASSION WITH AN ANIMATION DEGREE

Combine your talent for technology with your passion for the arts. Students participating in the B.A. in Animation degree program have the chance to engage in immersive courses and gain access to state-of-the-art equipment located at our campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO 

Jumpstart your career with a professional portfolio (i.e., reel) to show potential employers. Potential career opportunities include:

  • Game & Character Design
  • Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Concept Artistry
  • 3D Modeling
  • 2D Traditional/Digital Cel Animation
  • Stop Motion Animation

Presented from a Christian worldview, this in-demand animation Bachelor of Arts degree program is supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach. Meet the faculty.

Explore Scholarships

Explore exciting scholarship opportunities such as academic merit scholarships, honors college scholarships, and more! Learn about the scholarships for on-campus incoming freshmen: the $10,000 Freedom Scholarships, $4,000 Homeschool Scholarships and $4,000 Private School Scholarships. Explore all scholarships.

ACCESS A COMBINATION OF EXCELLENCE & AFFORDABILITY

Regent has been ranked among Top National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report for four years (2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023). We were recognized among the Top 5% Most Affordable Private Christian Universities during in a 2018 CCCU Tuition Survey and U.S. News & World Report, 2019-20, noted that our annual tuition is nearly $20,000 less than that of other private institutions. In addition, our financial aid team works with you to provide a customized aid package. 

Please complete the Request Information form on this page to learn more about this program.

On completing the Bachelor of Arts in Animation program, you can:

  • Write, storyboard, and create digital special effects using advanced 3-D computer generated techniques.
  • Understand the animation process from conceptualization and modeling to digital cinematography and postproduction.
  • Budget, create business plans, pitch concepts, and market your animation capabilities.

Career Opportunities

  • Animator
  • Graphic designer
  • Game developer
  • Creative director
$111Thousand
Approximate 2022 Mean Salary for Special Effects Artists and Animators Bureau of Labor Statistics
Introduction to the principles of animation and sequential art techniques that make up the visual communication art of storytelling through animation.
Creation of digital art as needed for animation using industry-standard software through the medium of digital photography and its application to individual expression.
Students explore and practice 2-D traditional techniques in animation.
Fundamentals of motion graphics including basic motion graphics principles and elements, design and composition, timing and effects, storyboarding and planning, sound and music synchronization. Industry-standard computer applications introduced and applied.
Study of 3-D animation principles using Autodesk's Maya. Prerequisites: ANIM 100 and ANIM 103.
Study of the unique opportunities and challenges found in writing for animation in a variety of formats: the short subject, half-hour program, and feature length film, with an emphasis on integrating visual elements such as sketches and storyboards into the writing process from the very beginning in order to maximize creative discovery. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.
Students will familiarize you with the basics of using Maya, including how to navigate the interface and 3D space, as well as the tools used for animation. After learning Maya, you’ll be so familiar with this fundamental software that you’ll be ready to jump right into learning character animation. Prerequisite: ANIM 203.
Study techniques to develop professional storyboards for animation and film. Addresses styles of storyboards and their specific target audiences for utility and value. Prerequisite: ARTA 120.
Explores the roles of the various people and positions involved in the production of animation. Pitching, budgeting, and business plans are covered. Each student submits a budget and a business plan for a project. Students also present a pitch for their final project. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Students will gain skills in lighting theory and practices for both 2D & 3D animation. Along with lighting skills students will be introduced to creating and applying textures in both 2D & 3D animation software. Prerequisite: ANIM 112 & ANIM 203.
A critical look at the development of animation styles, both American and international. Students view animation and analyze the social, technological, financial, and political factors that helped shape the development of this art form from its beginnings to how television, computers and the Internet have affected the form.
Designed to help students build a compelling, well-rounded artistic portfolio to best represent their work to potential clients. Students evaluate and develop presentations of their own artistic work and address deficiencies in their portfolios. Both hard-copy and digital portfolios will be covered. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
Students will gain fundamental acting skills within the context of animation. Prerequisite: ANIM 100 & ANIM 213.
The process by which digital special effects are applied to film and video productions, using advanced 3-D computer-generated techniques. Prerequisite: ANIM 314 or Permission of Instructor.
This production-based course is the first half of a two-course sequence that provides the student with an Animation capstone experience. These courses connect the student's Animation coursework with their overall Liberal Studies coursework through three components: class lectures and discussions, independent analysis and reflection, and the creation of a significant animation project. Students will employ the knowledge they have learned and the skills they have acquired in all their Animation courses to date to produce a significant animation project. The course sequence is designed to be taken in two consecutive quarters. Prerequisites: ANIM 112, ANIM 203, ARTA 120, ARTA 201.
This production-based course is the second half of a two-course sequence that provides the student with an Animation capstone experience. These courses connect the student's Animation coursework with their overall Liberal Studies coursework through three components: class lectures and discussions, independent analysis and reflection, and the creation of a significant animation project. Students will employ the knowledge they have learned and the skills they have acquired in all their Animation courses to date to produce a significant animation project. The course sequence is designed to be taken in two consecutive quarters. Prerequisites: ANIM 112, ANIM 203, ANIM 314, ANIM 476, ANIM 415.
Under the supervision of the instructor, students work independently to develop a 5-minute animation project, meeting weekly to discuss their progress. Permission of advisor and instructor. Prerequisite: ANIM 310.
Students will learn observational skills and drawing techniques to enhance technical abilities and creative responses to materials and subject matter. In-depth investigation of line, perspective, space, atmosphere, erasure, and other key components of animation in a wide range of drawing media will be covered. Weekly group critiques and sketchbook assignments are integrated.
Intensive practice in correct rendering of the human and animal forms through skeletal and muscular studies looking at stationary poses as well as figures in motion and basic gesturing. Prerequisite: ARTA 120.
This course stresses individual direction and achievement in illustration/character design. At this advanced level the student is expected to be self-motivated in the pursuit of illustration/character design and working toward that end. Students are also expected to research the work of other artists who work in a similar manner for inspiration and to aid in their skill development. Prerequisites: ARTA 120, ARTA 201.

Step 1: Apply to Regent University

Submit your application using the Regent University Online Application.

Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu and an admissions representative will provide reasonable accommodations to assist you in completing the application.

Step 2: Submit Your Unofficial Transcripts

Submit your unofficial high school or college transcripts to regent.edu/items.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email requesting authorization for Regent University to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution. International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES, AACRAO or NAFSA approved agency.

Step 3: Submit Your Government-Issued ID

To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please submit a scanned copy or photograph of it to regent.edu/items.

Step 4: Submit Your FAFSA

Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.gov Regent's school code is 030913.


Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4990 or admissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,97512 - 18$19,950
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Under 12$7,980
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$665Over 18$11,970
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$665N/A$1,995+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Block Rate Per SemesterCredit Hours Per SemesterTuition Rate Per Year
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$9,49312 - 18$18,986
DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Under 12$7,560
Students taking on-campus classes
(fall & spring semesters)
$630Over 18$11,340
Students taking on-campus classes
(summer semester)
$630N/A$1,890+

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$850 (Fall & Spring)
$700 (Summer)

Housing Fees » | Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Part-Time Students (3-11 Credit Hours Per Semester)$4506$2,700
Full-Time Students (12+ Credit Hours Per Semester)$39512$4,740

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (Online Students)$700

Military Admissions & Aid » | Cost of Attendance »

Requirements

All students are required to have a laptop that is powerful enough to run Autodesk’s Maya and their own copies of required software. See hardware requirements and necessary software.

What is computer animation?

Computer animation is the process of animating using entirely digital means. While it is possible to recreate the look and feel of 2D animation digitally, computer animation usually refers to the process by which 3D models are made on computers and animated in a digital, three-dimensional space. This leads to a unique look. Computer animation was brought into the mainstream by Pixar’s Toy Story and is used in making dozens of feature-length films and TV shows every year.1

How much do animators make?

The median wage for special effects artists and animators is$77,700 per year where “the lowest 10% earned less than $42,390 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $142,750.”2 The industry you choose to enter can also affect your pay. As there are a variety of different fields and jobs within the animation industry, this number can be lower and higher depending on your specific job and experience level.

What can you do with an animation degree?

An animation degree can equip you to work in a wide variety of fields. There are openings for you within the fields of game and character design, illustration, graphic design, concept art, 3D modeling, 2D traditional animation, 3D animation, and stop motion animation. While going through an animation degree program, you will develop a portfolio that will showcase your talent and growth. A portfolio will also help you gain experience with a variety of different animation styles that you can use to market yourself to future employers. An animation degree will help you determine what kinds of animation you enjoy creating and where you can use your gifts in the real world.

Where do animators usually work?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the top industries in which special effects artists and animators work are motion picture and video industries, software publishers, and computer systems design.3 This means that animators can work anywhere from game studios to software companies. The Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon even showed that animators can create quality work from the comfort of their homes.4

What does an animator do?

“An animator produces multiple images, called frames, which when sequenced together create an illusion of movement.” 5 Animators have a wide variety of individual tasks, including creating storyboards, designing models, matching the movements of a character or object to a soundtrack, and working with the production team to meet deadlines. A typical day for an animator might begin with a morning meeting where team members show what they are working on to the director and other animators who offer feedback. Throughout the day, an animator would then work according to the provided feedback.Overall, a career in animation is demanding but very fulfilling!

How to become an animator

Getting into any field can be difficult especially in highly creative ones like animation. However, there are things you can do to set yourself apart from others. Other than experience, employers are also looking for aptitude with certain tools and skills such as Adobe After Effects, a 3D package like Cinema 4D, character rigging, and more.7 Talent in graphic design and traditional illustration is a must for a career in animation.

An animation degree will help you become familiar with these tools. Regent’s B.A. in Animation equips you with knowledge and practice with the tools and skills necessary to become an animator. Regent can offer you hands-on experience and lessons from respected and fully qualified professionals. With hard work and persistence, you can rise from a lowly position to the animation job of your dreams.


1 Messer, L. “‘Toy Story’ Turns 20: How It Changed Animated Films Forever.” ABC News, November 22, 2015.

2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021, April 9).  Occupational Outlook Handbook: Special Effects Artists and Animators: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved October 18, 2021.

3 Ibid.

4 Crow, D. (2021, January 27). How Raya and the last dragon became the first Disney movie made at home. Den of Geek.

5 AGCAS editors. (2021). Animator. Prospects. 

6 Hutcheson, S. (2018, June 5). How I became an animator at Pixar: Kureha Yokoo talks starting out, projects and Brad bird. USA TODAY.

7 Stormy Studio. (2021, May 29). Interview with an animator, carving out a corporate animation career

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