Prepare for an exciting and intensely creative career with MSU Moorhead’s BFA degree in Animation. Use your 3D, 2D, stop motion and computer animation skills to make visual effects, movies, television shows and interactive multimedia come alive. Provide motion graphics and audiovisual solutions for clients, or work for science and technology companies that need their data visualized in compelling ways for the general public. With a comprehensive degree so immersed in technology, the options are nearly limitless.
Become a well-rounded animator as you learn techniques for traditional stop motion animation, as well as 2D and 3D computer animation. You’ll become familiar with hardware like cameras, lights and animation stands, as well as software like 3D Studio Max, MAYA, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Photoshop, InDesign and more.
Our award-winning faculty have an ideal combination of industry and teaching experience. Faculty members are actively involved in animation projects within the community and will work with you to ensure you find success in what you do.
The curriculum provides you with a background in film and a foundation in live-action shooting, which is highly beneficial for animation professionals.
MSUM’s Animation degree is one of the only four-year programs of its kind offered at a state institution in the region.
Film & Animation Student Success Stories
"House Hunters" featured MSUM alumni Poonam Budhiraja (2012, Broadcast Journalism and Film Studies), Jerry Griggs (2016, Business Administration and Management) and Alexa Dixson-Griggs (2015, Social Work) as Budhiraja showed the local couple houses to fit their growing family.
MSUM students Bridgett Grosz and MaryJo Nelson have been nominated for the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive national award for students pursuing a career in science, mathematics, or engineering. Winners are expected to be announced at the end of March.