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 Fall Spring
FN100  First Year Seminar (is req. if fewer than 30 transfer credits) 1  
FD101  Visual Elements 2D 3 *
FD105  Basic Drawing 3 *
FD112  Time Arts 3 *
LA125  Exploring Visual Culture 3  
LA122  Writing in Context 3  
FD102  Visual Elements Digital Tools * 3
FD111  3-D Design * 3
MTH 101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
Studio Elective * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture   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.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science 3 *
AA231  Animation I: Materials, Methods & Motion 3  
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
IM201  Theory & Practice 3  
VID211 Beginning Video or AA236 Character & Identity or AA237 Stop Motion 3  
AH216  History of the Moving Image * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture * 3
AA232  Animation II: Hybrid Moving Image   3
VID211 Beginning Video or AA236 Character & Identity or AA237 Stop Motion   3
VID212  Beginning Sound   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring **FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
AA331  Animated Short Film 3  
AA333  Narrative Strategies 3  
Art History Elective (200-400 level) 3 *
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
Studio Electives 3  
IM301  Theory & Practice * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
AA332  Animated Installation   3
MA300  Professional Practices   3
Studio Electives   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring **FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
*400-level Studio course (from menu) 3 *
LA325  Literature Seminar 3 *
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3 *
Studio Elective 3 3
TH401  Thesis Critique Seminar 3  
Art History Elective 300-400 level * 3
Liberal Arts Elective (300-400 level) * 3
Studio Elective * 3
MA400  Media Arts Thesis   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring **FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

***Students can choose 400-lvl studio elective from SA (Studio Arts), MA (Media Arts), WR (Writing) or TH403 Thesis Research & Writing

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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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