Online Master’s Degrees in Animation

An online master’s degree in animation may equip students with strong skills and experience using technology and visual effects. In these one- or two-year programs, students may learn how to design and build 3D characters as well as how to direct and complete an animated film. Program coursework may include visual storytelling, character animation, and digital 3D effects.

Upon completion of the program, students may seek employment or enroll in a doctoral program in animation. Graduates of master’s-level programs may seek employment in the entertainment industry, including areas of video games, film, or television.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 8% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level animation degree programs may include core animation courses as well as a handful of electives. These courses may teach students about all facets of animation and visual effects, ranging from conception to post-production. Examples of core animation classes may include the following:

  • Drawing in Motion
  • Character Animation
  • Computer-Generated Modeling
  • Digital 3D Effects
  • Animation Aesthetics
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Cinema, Animation, and Art

Career Options

Graduates of master’s-level animation programs may typically find employment opportunities in the entertainment industry, or in advertising, publishing, or for software companies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job availability in the animation field may increase by 8% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Texture Artist
  • 3D Modeler
  • Technical Director
  • Animator
  • Compositor

Continuing Education

Individuals who successfully complete a master’s degree program in animation may choose to further their education and enroll in a doctoral-level program in digital media. These research-heavy programs may utilize 3D animation as well as web and graphics software. Doctoral programs may also prepare students for positions in academia.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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