Animated Arts Curriculum

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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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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.


Intermediate Animated Arts Fall 2014 Reel from PNCA - Animated Arts on Vimeo.

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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