Ball State's bachelor's degree in visual arts/animation provides a comprehensive digital animation experience that explores 3-D animation, stop-motion, and traditional 2-D animation.
Our nationally ranked program will prepare you for careers in industries such as film, television, video games, medical animation, architectural rendering, advertising, and product visualization. You’ll learn up-to-date animation techniques and how to use industry-standard animation software. The animation curriculum leads students through a classic arts foundation and then into a strong technical foundation guided by industry demands.
What You Will Learn as a Visual Arts/Animation Major
You’ll study character design, storyboarding, traditional animation, and a wide range of other topics.
In our 3-D classes, you’ll get into modeling, texturing, lighting, character animation, and visual effects.
You’ll have plenty of opportunities to participate in hands-on, collaborative projects with students and faculty in other courses of study.
In every animation course, you will gain valuable experience with leading animation industry software. Toon Boom, Toon Boom Harmony, Maya, Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator are just a few of the programs you’ll learn before heading into the real world.
You’ll also prepare for your first job by learning professional skills, such as using fine art and design principles in creative problem-solving, learning and apply professional terminology, creating a demo reel or portfolio, and learning how to market yourself in relation to today’s jobs.
See All Degree Requirements (PDF)
Get to Know Our Faculty
What Can You Do with a Visual Arts/Animation Degree?
Due to the breadth and depth of their training, graduates from our program are prepared for opportunities working as:
- 3D Animators for the film industry
- Multimedia Artists
- Storyboard Artists for film or advertising
- Animation Web designers
- 3D Animator or modeler for the video game industry
- 3D modeler for entertainment, advertising and even engineering and medicine
Paying for Your Education
Scholarships are a terrific way to help with costs. On top of the university’s scholarships available to you, the School of Art has several programs of its own. Begin searching.
Ready to Apply?
Have you decided that our visual arts/animation major is right for you? Then it’s time to begin the admission process. The program maintains a policy of selective enrollment. Admission to the animation sequences requires a review at the end of the spring term.