Animated Arts

Animated Arts embraces the hybrid moving image, encouraging you to explore and combine fine art practices and digital technologies. At a time when the boundaries between live action, animation, painting, photography, illustration, and design are dissolving, an interdisciplinary fine art approach encourages you to reimagine and create frame-based work for multiple contexts.

In addition to learning principles of animation, you experiment with a variety of media, production methods, and narrative strategies to produce work for multiple and varied platforms. We teach the history of animated arts in the context of a broad engagement with both cinema and fine art.



Rose Bond

Associate Professor, Lead Faculty in Animated Arts

MFA 1990 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
MS 1976 Portland State University 
BA 1971 Portland State University 

Animator and media artist, Rose Bond has been internationally recognized for her monumental, content-driven animated installations. Rear projected in multiple windows, her themes are often drawn from the site – existing at the juncture of memory, architecture and public/private space.  

Her installations have illuminated urban spaces in Portland (2014), Zagreb (2013), Toronto (2011), Exeter UK (2010), Utrecht Netherlands (2008), New York City (2004), and Portland (2002, 2007). 

Bond’s direct animation films have been presented at major international festivals including: Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Sundance, New York and are held in the MoMA Film Collection. Bond was awarded an Oregon Media Arts Fellowship in 2016.  She received her MFA in Experimental Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on a Princess Grace Film Graduate Scholarship. Bond premiered a new multi-channel animated projection for the Oregon Symphony’s SoundSight series performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalilla in December 2016.


Boundary Crossings Institute in Animated Arts

PNCA’s biennial Boundary Crossings Institute in Animated Arts is a two-week intensive institute open to working professionals and graduate and upper-level undergraduate students interested in a hands-on exploration of animated installation as a medium and a site for investigation of moving image interdisciplinary practice.

Boundary Crossings explores animated spaces, expanded screens, and cinema. It embraces the hybrid moving image by combining digital technology, fine art practices, and critical theory.

With a faculty of internationally renowned teachers, scholars, and practitioners, the two -week institute includes hands-on making, intensive tutorials, skills-based learning, lectures and screenings, and theory and practice sessions. The goal is to provide an intensive experience of being on the cutting edge of animation and fine arts. Boundary Crossings culminates with a public exhibition on August 7, 2015 of animated installations created during the two-week Institute.

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Animated Arts Curriculum

Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior  


Course title Fall Spring
FD101Visual Elements 2D 3 *
FD102 Visual Elements Digital Tools * 3
FD105-106 Basic Drawing 3 *
FD111 3-D Design * 3
FD112 Time Arts 3 *
** FN100 First Year Seminar (see note below) 1
Foundation Writing 3
LA121-122 Writing in Context 3 3
LA125 Exploring Visual Culture 3
Perspectives on Society & Culture 3
Studio Elective 3
TOTAL 15-16 15
*Can be taken Fall or Spring
**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

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