Our comprehensive master of fine arts (MFA) in animation focuses on traditional and modern animation techniques, storytelling, and film production through the creation of a short film as your thesis project.

You will gain comprehensive knowledge of animated films from their conception to realization, learn about the history of animation while considering critical artistic issues, acquire in-depth knowledge of animation software and the elements of digital media.

What You Will Study

Total Credit Hours: 60

Through concentrated study and experimentation, you will focus on your development as a professional artist. Through your interactions with faculty and peers, you will explore ideas and techniques, interact with visiting artists and critics, and broaden your technical, aesthetic, and conceptual understanding of media within contemporary practice. 

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Paying for Your Education

Graduate Assistantships in the School of Art

Working as a graduate assistant will give you meaningful, hands-on experience as you work alongside our expert faculty while helping pay for tuition. We offer both fulltime (20-hour) and part-time (10 hours) assistantships. Find a position.

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To be considered for Ball State's graduate program, you must have earned an undergraduate degree in animation, film, art, graphic design, illustration or other visual art areas. Admission is granted once a year. Using a cohort model of instruction, the coursework begins in the fall semester. There are no spring or summer admissions.

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