Bachelor of Science in Animation:

Develop the skills you need for a rewarding career in animation.  

Mount Ida’s Animation degree program enables you to pursue a degree that puts your imagination to work in the exciting world of animation. As a private New England college, we offers a career-focused animation program where you will have the opportunity to develop storytelling and character design while working with leading industry professionals to both support and challenge your creativity and imagination.

Through small classes, attentive professors, a collaborative learning environment and state-of-the-art technology, you will earn a degree that will make you career ready for the animation industry.


Our Animation major emphasizes applied, hands-on learning experiences and skills. Our project-based and professional-experience-driven animation degree will give you the opportunity to create a portfolio of work that showcases your abilities in animation. You will graduate from the program industry-ready and well-rounded in your experience and skills. Guided by our professional faculty, you will be a part of a creative team that spurs your imagination, creativity and skill set. Throughout your four years here, you will be educated in a wide range of industry-standard tools and techniques, with opportunities to create:

  • Traditionally drawn, 2D animations
  • 3D computer animation
  • Short, narrative-driven animated works
  • Special effects & related animated post production work
  • Motion graphics
  • Animated simulations for training and education

You will earn credits toward your degree in animation while gaining practical real-world experience through in-demand internships and industry networking within the Boston area’s game and animation community or beyond.


Our Animation degree program features small classes led by attentive and engaged faculty with years of industry experience. Our program combines the most current technology with the study of traditional animation principles and animation processes. You will gain a core art foundation in drawing, design and contemporary art combined with approximately 21 detailed, skill-based animation courses, all enabling you to become a well-informed and skilled practitioner at the cutting edge of industry.

The Animation degree curriculum offers courses the following:

  • Animation principles and acting for animation
  • Storyboarding and pre-production techniques
  • 3D modeling and digital sculpting
  • Traditional 2D animation
  • 3D computer animation
  • Technical art
  • Special effects and post production techniques

The animation degree requires 120 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 69 Credits in animation
  • 18 Credits in foundational art courses
  • 12 Credits in general studies
  • 21 Credits in arts, sciences and humanities

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • History of Animation
  • Storyboarding and Pre-Production
  • Special Effects for Animation

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


Faculty & Staff Directory

Animators work for a wide variety of clients. They work in feature animation, television cartoons, video gaming, web development, multimedia design, motion graphics and educational/training simulations. In addition, many animators work in specialty in-demand fields such as 3D modeling, storyboard and conceptual art, character animation, visual effects and rigging and technical art.

Graduates of our Animation bachelor’s degree program may also decide to go on to graduate school, seeking a graduate degree in animation.