Animation & Illustration
Department of Art & Design

Animation & Illustration

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program
  • Minor Available

Explore your passion for design and storytelling. Learn from with gifted, Christ-centered faculty. Prepare for careers in animation, illustration, visual arts, design, 3D multimedia, and storytelling.

Animation and illustration might be the right degree for you if you:

  • have a passion for art and design
  • enjoy working with technology
  • want the flexibility to work in different industries

Why study animation and illustration at Northwestern?

Deepen your skills built by professionals from PIXAR and other major film studios. Work with professional grade tools in Northwestern’s design lab, including:

  • Unreal Engine
  • Maya
  • Mudbox
  • Motionbuilder
  • Adobe After Effect
  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Lightroom
  • Premiere
  • Photoshop

Learn aesthetic concepts and use visual and audio technology to create animated designs. Tour local art and design centers with classmates. Take advantage of networking opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving art and business industries.

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Careers in animation & illustration

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in animation and illustration.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Digital animation or graphics
  • Multimedia presentation and development
  • Film titles or design
  • Television titling or graphics
  • Video game animation or titling
  • Computer graphics
  • Advertising or marketing presentation graphics
  • Motion graphics or animation
  • Website design and development
  • Interactive media development
  • Self-employed, contract, freelance work
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