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New frontiers in visual effects, virtual realities, and animated storytelling are waiting to be discovered. With Champlain's BFA in Animation, you'll start exploring on day one.
Our signature Upside-Down Curriculum offers immediate experience—like learning the principles of animation in your first semester—so you can begin identifying your creative interests and strengths right away. From there, our expert faculty provide individualized space and support to help you focus your talents, refine your skills, and ultimately stand out in a competitive industry.
Our faculty understand that those "How'd they do that?" reactions don't happen by working in a bubble. That's why collaboration is the cornerstone of this highly interdisciplinary program. You'll learn in immersive, studio-like environments, producing projects alongside your cohort, as well as Filmmaking, Game Art, Graphic Design & Visual Communication, and Interaction Design majors.
Unlike other Animation programs, Champlain's BFA is designed with the next era of digital arts, media, and storytelling in mind, challenging you to transform your imagination into animation using advanced tools and technology, fine arts training, theory, and more:
The Upside-Down Curriculum is Champlain's tool for getting students engaged in their areas of industry earlier than they would at most other colleges. For Animation students, that means taking animation classes in your first year and learning from faculty—who come from the likes of Warner Bros., HBO, and National Geographic—to build a portfolio of professional-level work and experience upon graduation.
Pairing fine arts, rigorous studio experience, and historical underpinnings with systems-based thinking, industry agility, and digital proficiencies, the BFA in Animation is uniquely designed to give you an ambitious edge in media art. In fact, students have access to the same advanced game engines, production equipment, green screen technology, and virtual production stages that have made Champlain a top 10 school for game design.
A hub for animation and visual effects studios, Montreal can be your play ground for industry insight, hands-on experience at powerhouse studios, and personal growth. Studying abroad in one of the world's most artfully innovative, and yet culturally rich cities has never been easier through Champlain Abroad's Montreal campus. Or go to the epicenter of animation drawing by studying abroad in Japan.
Job growth for animators and visual effects artists expected between 2020 and 2030 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The 2021 Fiske Guide to Colleges selected Champlain as one of the ""best and most interesting schools"" in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.
Median pay in 2020 for more than 60,000 jobs in the animation and visual effects field.
YOUR ANIMATED FUTURE
What's our idea of a happy ending? You, prepared for a career in animation that's as future-forward as it is future-proof. Whether you're set on revolutionizing Saturday morning cartoons, designing new worlds in virtual reality, or you aren't quite sure yet where your talents would shine most, Champlain's BFA in Animation will get you to your end goal.
You'll be exposed to the many facets in the field, giving you the freedom to explore while you study and jump in where needed in the field. With career paths in 3-D animation and modeling, 2-D animation and motion design, concept art and illustration, and virtual production, your career options will only continue to grow and evolve alongside your skills.
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