Department of Art

MFA in Animation

Ball State's MFA in Animation will further your abilities in animation filmmaking. Our comprehensive program 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.

Studio Classes will cover the following topics:

  • Visual Storytelling
  • Experimental Animation
  • Preproduction
  • Animation Methods
  • Film Production Pipeline - 3D
  • Film Production Pipeline - 2D
  • Film Production Pipeline - Stop Motion

This graduate program is intended for those with prior knowledge of fundamental animation concepts and techniques. 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.

For more information about Animation at Ball State see one the links below:

Andy Beane -
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John Ludwick -
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Brad Condie - 


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School of Art
Art and Journalism Building (AJ) Room 401
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-5838
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