Animation

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“LMU Animation is the program to watch,” say industry insiders. LMU was the first school to build a motion-capture lab offering classes in pre-visualization and virtual cinematography–a production method used in James Cameron’s Avatar. Preparing you for ever-evolving changes in technology is important, but so are classical drawing and storytelling skills. We emphasize both areas while offering one of the country’s best B.A. programs in animation coupled with a liberal arts degree. Small class sizes encourage a high degree of student-faculty interaction in course-work including visual effects, stop-motion, experimental animation, 2D and 3D, and game design.

The animation program supports the creative vision of each student, providing a safe space for you to grow as an artist. Fostering the collaborative filmmaking process is essential, too–you can see teamwork in action in the animation labs, with students actively creating their collective projects. And state-of-the-art networked computer workstations allow them to collaborate with ease.

At LMU, you own whatever work you produce, so your time here can be used for practical gain to develop your creative brand. Alumnus Van Partible made Johnny Bravo as his thesis film and then sold it to Cartoon Network, becoming a classic TV show that remains one of its most successful all-time series.

Hands-on experience and the opportunity to explore your personal vision–the animation program grooms you for leadership roles in emerging industries and helps you realize your dream of making great films.

LMU Animation

Watch video snapshots of our facilities and clips of student films, including Yamashita, a 2014 Student Academy Award winner for Best Animated Film.