Animation has always been a staple in the world of motion pictures and the impact of animation has only grown since the invention of 3D computer generated graphics. In today’s world, animation and 3D is being using not only in motion pictures but everything from commercials, to architecture, to the app and gaming industry.
The Wilmington University’s 100% online Bachelors of Science in Animation and 3D provides students a robust curriculum that covers the three main aspects of Animation and 3D: the artistic side, 2D animation, and 3D animation. Along with these three core areas of knowledge, students will practice and learn skills and techniques on industry standard software. Students will explore real-world production concepts under the direction of expert faculty with extensive field experience and gain additional skills in graphic design, compositing, and sound.
The Animation and 3D Bachelor of Science is for students who want to pursue a career in either traditional 2D or 3D animation. Through a well-rounded course load, students will focus on three key aspects of animation, the artistic side of animation, 2D animation, and 3D animation. Students will graduate with a strong skillset in hand drawn 2D animation, digital 2D animation, 3D sculpting and 3D animation with industry leading software.
Students completing the Animation and 3D B.S. program will be able to:
The Office of Experiential Learning takes a 360◦ approach to experiential learning. Whether you come to Wilmington University with a vast amount of professional experience and are awarded Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), or you participate in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity (Internships or Cooperative Education) embedded in your curriculum for credit, we provide a pathway to completing your degree.
Cooperative Education Option
The Cooperative Education Option is an alternative to the ANI 487-Animation & 3D Senior Project and ANI 450-3D Animation II. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must contact the Office of Work-Integrated Learning and their Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment. For additional information on cooperative education, please visit: https://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx
Enhance Your Degree with a Certificate
The College of Technology's digital media department, which is focused on giving students hands-on training and real-world skills across a multimedia platform, consists of six individual Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees: Animation and 3D, Game Design and Development, Graphic Design, Video and Film Production, and Web Design.
Each of these degree programs has been designed with three identifiable parts: Uniform First Year, Program Core, and 15 credits to be used towards a CoT Certificate. All students will begin their academic career with a uniform first year before they begin to focus on their selected degree core. After completion of the uniform first year, students will begin to enroll in their program core courses. Finally, students in each program will use 15 career-centered course credits towards earning a College of Technology Certificate as illustrated in the table below.
Uniform First Year
Animation & 3D Program Core Courses
Game Design & Development Program Core Courses
Graphic Design Program Core Courses
Video & Film Production Program Core Courses
Web Design Program Core Courses
College of Technology Certificate Courses (options vary by program)
Accelerated Graduate Certificate Option
Students in the Animation and 3D B.S. degree program may choose an accelerated option with:
• Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate
Students selecting this option can complete both their undergraduate degree and the graduate certificate by completing 120 credits (105 undergraduate credits and 15 graduate credits). The five graduate courses (15 credits) needed for the graduate certificate would count as five courses (15 credits) towards undergraduate electives in your degree.
Students who complete the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate also receive the benefit of completing five graduate level courses that count towards a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST). Students selecting this option are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree.
Admission requirements include:
1. A minimum GPA of 3.25
2. Completion of at least 60 credits towards your degree program
3. A meeting with an academic advisor to submit an Accelerated Option Intent (AOI) form upon completion of at least 30 credits; and
4. Recommendation of the Program Chair
Note: Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully completed at least 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree and have an approved AOI form. Students must receive their B.S. degree in order to receive the graduate certificate.
Minimum Grade Policy: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses in order to earn the certificate.
CTA 210 Intro to Technology
DSN 105 Visual Communication
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 360 Creative Writing
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
LIT 313 Visual Approaches to Literature: The Graphic Novel
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SCI Any Natural Science Elective
ANI 100 Drawing for Animation
ANI 200 2D Animation I
ANI 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
ANI 300 3D Animation I
ANI 301 History of Animation
ANI 310 Advanced Motion Graphics
ANI 321 Introduction to 3D
ANI 322 3D Modeling Techniques
ANI 323 3D Texture, Rendering and Lighting Techniques
ANI 324 Character Creation and Texturing
ANI 325 Character Rigging
ANI 327 Introduction to 3D Digital Sculpting
ANI 400 2D Animation II
ANI 450 3D Animation II
DSN 210 Basic Photoshop
DSN 220 Concept Development
DSN 235 Vector Drawing
DSN 410 Advanced Photoshop
VFP 101 Introduction to Audio
VFP 313 Aesthetics of Film
ANI 487 Animation and 3D Senior Project
ANI 490 Internship in Animation and 3D
Students should choose a College of Technology certificate to fulfill this elective core. If not pursuing a College of Technology Certificate, students may choose from the following undergraduate College of Technology courses to fulfill their electives: ANI, CSC, DFM, DSN, GMD, ISM, SEC, TEC, UAV, VFP. Selecting an elective outside of this list will require approval of the Program Chair.
A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.
Note that a minimum of 120 combined credits are needed to satisfy the Completion Degree requirements, including both transfer credits and credits earned at Wilmington University.
The following courses are prerequisites for a degree in Animation & 3D:
Some courses have prerequisites and should be taken in the correct sequence. If your associate's degree is in an academic discipline different than the one you plan to study at Wilmington University, you may be required to take additional courses to ensure your success in your chosen program of study.
The Animation and 3D degree also allows students the opportunity to build a Graduate Certificate into their undergraduate curriculum. The Technology Project Management Certificate would benefit students who are interested in pursuing a career working in management in the animation and 3D field; this would include job titles like Post-Production Manager, Production Manager, and Animation Coordinator. The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the IPM courses listed. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to earn the certificate.
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
IPM 6015 Project Scoping and Scheduling
IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management
IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management
IPM 6050 Agile Project Management
IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.