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Why choose animation at North Central College?

Art makes your imagination soar! In animation, you have the opportunity to explore technical media in a creative way. Animators create special effects and other animations for everything from advertisements to video games to marketing campaigns. Demand for live content makes animation a dynamic opportunity to grow your personal artistic skills and become an asset to prospective employers.Our facilities are outfitted with labs for animating, computer graphics and digital art.

At North Central, you’ll find your creative voice as a professional artist and have opportunities to share your work and gain feedback. Future opportunities are in exciting industries such as motion picture, computer systems design, web design, app development and artistic direction.


  • Bringing your ideas to life
  • Working with motion graphics, visual effects and video editing
  • Building computer and technology skills with artistic ability

then a minor in ANIMATION might be for you.

Why study animation at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • 3D Computer Graphics
  • Animation I: Methods and Story
  • Animation II: Sequential Art
  • Digital Arts and Design
  • Figure Drawing
  • Motion Graphics

Beyond the Classroom

As an animation minor, you can:

  • Join Design Agency, a practicum course that provides a creative environment similar to a design studio to develop client-based independent art and design projects.
  • Couple this minor with graphic design, studio art, marketing, interactive media studies or computer science.
  • Participate in the annual Art & Design Show.
  • Attend the Art Institute of Chicago free of charge with North Central student ID card.

Animation Minor

Animation minors plan and execute computer-based animations. Students are introduced to a variety of digital animation techniques and fundamental sketching skills. Students also learn about creating and developing characters for these mediums, developing stories, and managing a concept from creation to post-production. The minor complements majors such as film studies, studio art, computer science, interactive media studies and broadcast communication.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

One of the following:

Animation Careers

Multimedia artists and animators work primarily in the following industries:

  • Motion picture and video industries
  • Computer systems design and related services
  • Software publishers
  • Advertising, public relations, and related services
  • Specialized design services
  • Web design firms
  • Graphic design firms
  • Mobile technology companies
  • App development
  • Artistic direction

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