Curriculum

The Animated Arts curriculum combines the hand crafted with the digital to help you grow your unique vision. You'll find you have plenty of options to tailor your experience.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Credit Req
Liberal Arts (6 cr. required)
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3
LA122  Writing in Context 3
Art History (6 cr. required)
AH125  Exploring Visual Culture 3
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3
Studio Courses (3 cr. required)
Studio Elective 3
Studio Courses (3 cr. required)
FD100  **First Year Seminar 1
Foundation Studio - (15 cr. required)
FD101  Visual Elements: 2D 3
FD102  Visual Elements: Digital Tools 3
FD105  Drawing 1 3
FD111  3D Design 3
FD112  Time Arts 3
TOTAL 31
At the completion of First Year: 30 cr. earned to date 31

**FD100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

ID Course Title Credit Req
Art History (3 cr. required)
AH216 History of the Moving Image or AH 219 History of Animation 3
Liberal Arts (9 cr. required)
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science 3
Studio Courses (18 cr. required)
AA231  Animation I: Materials, Methods & Motion 3
AA232  Animation II: Hybrid Moving Image 3
VID212  Beginning Sound 3
VID211 Beginning Video, AA236 Character & Identity, or AA237 Stop Motion, AA238 Puppet Fab. 3
VID211 Beginning Video, AA236 Character & Identity, or AA237 Stop Motion, AA238 Puppet Fab. 3
IM201  IM201 Theory & Practice 200-level 3
TOTAL 30
At the completion of Second Year: 60 cr. earned to date 61

ID Course Title Credit Req
Art History (3 cr. required)
Art History 200/300-level 3
Liberal Arts (6 cr. required)
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3
Liberal Arts 300/400-level elective 3
Seminar (3 cr. required)
TH300  Media Arts Professional Practice 3
STUDIO COURSES (18 cr. required)
AA331  Animated Short Film 3
AA332  Animated Installation 3
AA333  Narrative Strategies 3
AA301 Animated Doc. or IM301 Theory & Practice 3
Studio Elective or AA336 2D-3D 3
Studio Elective 3
TOTAL 30
At the completion of Third Year: 90 cr. earned to date 91

ID Course Title Credit Req
Art History (3 cr. required)
Art History 300/400-level 3
Liberal Arts (9 cr. required)
LA325  Literature Seminar 3
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3
Liberal Arts 300/400-level elective 3
Studio Courses (12 cr. required)
400-level studio course (from any major dept 400 level) AA436 AA. Project Incubator 3
Studio Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Studio Elective 3
Thesis (6 cr. required)
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar (Semester 1) 3
TH499  Thesis (Semester 2) 3
TOTAL 30
At the completion of Fourth Year: 120 cr. earned to date 121

Learning Outcomes

Digital Skills

Has confidence and knowledge to complete projects and learn new skills as necessary.

Creative Development

Develops production skills and builds on their own creative work.

Authorship and Representation

View and create moving image work critically and with an understanding of who and what is being represented.

Communication and Professionalism

Is a reliable collaborator, can respectfully offer meaningful constructive criticism, and works within professional etiquette.

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Foundation Year

A time to explore

In your Foundation Year, you’ll be immersed from day one in media and making of all kinds from drawing, design, and sculpture, to digital tools, video, and performance. It’s a year of discovery, a time to explore new ways of thinking and making, meet new friends, and get to know your new community.

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Thesis

Preparing for graduation

Your senior year is an exciting time of transition from student to working artist or designer. The focus of your senior year is conceiving a thesis project of your own design and producing it with the support of faculty, your peers, and a mentor who works with you one-on-one.

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Areas of Study

Freedom to focus

PNCA offers ten undergraduate majors, all of which offer you choices in your electives and liberal arts courses. This means that whatever your major, you have the freedom to focus many of your course choices around your particular area of interest. We've outlined the following Areas of Study to give you a sense of the scope of courses available at PNCA.

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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts courses round out your education, helping you become a more thoughtful, well-rounded artist or designer. Explore widely or select your courses to focus on one of what we call Areas of Study.

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