Program Scope

The Animation emphasis is cross-disciplinary and open to Cinema and non-Cinema majors. We encourage creative storytelling, social issue documentary and artistic experimentation using techniques of drawing, stop-motion, 2D/3D digital, mixed media and visual effects.

Students learn foundations and skills applicable to creative, entertainment, commercial, industrial and scientific fields. Research from different disciplines may be applied to animation projects. The Animation Society welcomes all students in the club. Admission to the Animation emphasis requires a portfolio review. Enrollment in all Animation courses requires consent of instructor.

Animation Minor

The Animation minor is open to all majors. The program is a production emphasis in creative storytelling, social issue documentary and artistic experimentation. Using techniques like drawing, stop­‐motion, 2D/3D digital and mixed media, students apply their research to short animated projects. Students gain a foundation in animation principles and methods applicable to creative, industrial and scientific fields.

Enrollment is limited and requires a portfolio review. Upper-division students of any major can apply. Upon successful portfolio review, students fill out the Changing/Adding Minor form, have it signed by an Animation adviser and the Cinema chair. Enrollment in required Animation courses requires a grade of C­‐ or better.

Portfolio Review

Students must meet with an Animation adviser in the spring semester. The animation portfolio review is held in the fall semester only, the day before classes begin, in Fine Arts 325 on Tuesday Aug 22nd at 10 am. Students must bring an unofficial transcript and Degree Progress Report (DPR) to confirm upper-division standing.  

Portfolio Guidelines

We highly recommend students take a beginning drawing and a life drawing class before the review. Portfolios should include a student’s strongest work and be limited to 20 pages assembled in one book.

  • 4 - ­6 pages of life drawings done from live subjects (Not from photographic references)
  • 4 - ­6 pages of rough and gesture style sketches of animals and humans in motion (Not from photographic or cartoon references)
  • 2 - ­4 pages of color and design; may include drawing, painting, photography, 2D and 3D design
  • 2 pages of recent personal work in any media
  • Optional: Up to two animation or film samples on a DVD or portable drive (Mac compatible)

Required Courses

15 units total for the minor (3 units each)

  • CINE 360: Animation 1 (fall). Introduction to animation principles using various techniques.
  • CINE 362: Animation 2 (spring). Sync-­sound animation projects using various techniques.
  • CINE 466: Animation 3 (fall). Short animations exploring auteur storytelling styles.

Optional Electives (3 units each)

  • CINE 361: Drawing for Animation
  • CINE 652: Documentary Animation
  • CINE 364: Animation Pre-­production
  • CINE 660: Beginning 3D Computer Animation 
  • CINE 551: 2D Digital Animation
  • CINE 661: Intermediate 3D Computer Animation
  • CINE 651: Experimental Animation

Equipment Requirements and Recommendations

All Animation production courses use computers and professional digital tools and software. Cinema computer labs have open access during specific hours Mondays - Fridays. The Animation lab has Cintiq tablets and stop-motion stations that are accessible to students enrolled in Animation classes.

Tablet Requirements for Animation 1

  • Recommended tablet: Intuos Pro Small or Medium ($249 - $349 pretax)
  • Less expensive option: Intuos Small or Medium ($99 - $199 pretax)
  • Cintiq pen purchases

Laptop Recommendations

Laptops are not required but if students choose to purchase one we recommend the following:


  • MacBook Pro Laptop 15-inch, 
  • Approximate cost: $2500
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB 1600MHz memory
  • Intel Iris Pro Graphics


  • Approximate cost: $2000 (based on MSI GS60 Ghost Pro-­064 Laptop)
  • Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz)
  • 16GB Memory 1TB HDD 128 GB M.2SATA SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit Multilanguage

Laptop Software Recommendations

  • Microsoft Office: Free
  • Adobe Creative Suite: $20/month
  • TV Paint: $495 pretax (student discount)
  • Autodesk Sketchbook Pro: $24/year or $2.99/month
  • Autodesk Maya: Free
  • Autodesk Mudbox: Free
  • ZBrush: $448.95 (pretax)

Animation Electives (3 units each)

  • CINE 361: Drawing for Animation
  • CINE 364: Animation Pre-production
  • CINE 660: 3D Computer Animation
  • CINE 661: Intermediate Computer Animation
  • CINE 692: Internship
  • CINE 699: Independent Study

The Following Applies to Cinema Majors Only

Advanced Production Pool Cinema Electives (3 units ea) Prerequisite: CINE 310

  • CINE 512: Sound Production for Cinema
  • CINE 520: Sound Post-Production for Cinema
  • CINE 551: 2D Digital Animation
  • CINE 651: Experimental Animation
  • CINE 652: Documentary Animation (portfolio required)

Sophomore Year, Required Foundation Cinema Courses

  • CINE 200: Intro to Cinema Studies (3 units)
  • CINE 202; Intro to Filmmaking (3 units)
  • CINE 204: Intro to Filmmaking Lab (1 unit)
  • CINE 211: Film History I (3 units)*
  • CINE 212: Film History II (3 units)*
    *Note: CINE 365 (History of Animation) may substitute for CINE 211 or 212

Junior Year, Required Cinema and Animation Courses

  • CINE Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) (3 units)
  • CINE 340: Critical Studies/Discussion Group (4 units)
  • CINE 360: Animation I (3 units
  • CINE 362: Animation II (3 units)
  • CINE 365: History of Animation (3 units)

Junior Year, Animation Electives

  • CINE 361: Drawing for Animation (3 units) 
  • CINE 364: Animation Pre-Production (3 units)
  • CINE 551: 2D Digital Animation 
  • CINE 651: Experimental Animation
  • CINE 660: 3D Computer Animation (3 units)
  • CINE 661: Intermediate 3D Computer Animation (3 units)

Senior Year, Required Animation Courses

  • CINE 466: Animation III (3 units)
  • CINE 468: Advanced Animation Workshop (3 units)

Senior Year, Animation Electives

  • CINE 660: 3D Computer Animation (3 units)
  • CINE 661: Intermediate 3D Computer Animation (3 units)
  • CINE 692: Internship (3 units)
  • CINE 699: Independent Study (3 units)

Other Elective Courses

  • Courses must be 300 level or higher for elective credit
  • Please see animation adviser about non-Cinema course electives

Animation Advisers

Students whose last name begins with:

Bring for Animation Advising:

  1. A copy of your unofficial transcript (online)
  2. Blue Advising Sheet (get from adviser or online)
  3. DARS and ASE reports (online or student one-stop)