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Animation, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #751 (QS) , UT,
The BFA in animation is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the College of Fine Arts and Communications through the cooperative involvement of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts and the Department of Visual Arts and the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences' Computer Science Department.


The Computer Science Animation Emphasis gives students the opportunity to learn both the technical and artistic side of creating and implementing digital animation and games, preparing them for technical careers with animation and game programming studios.

The Brigham Young University Computer Science Department has a long history of contribution to the field of computer-generated animation. Brigham Young University Computer Science students have been instrumental in the production of each of Brigham Young University's celebrated animated shorts. These short films, including: "Lemmings," "Petshop," "Faux Paw," "Turtles," "Noggin," "Las Piñatas," "Lion and the Mouse," "Pajama Gladiators," "Kites," and "Xing," have been widely heralded by the animation industry. They have garnered ten "College Television Awards" or "Student Emmys" from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as well as four "Student Academy Awards" from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Upon entering the industry, Brigham Young University Computer Science students continue to excel. Many of the computer science students who have worked on Brigham Young University's animated films have gone on to graduate school or accepted positions at an animation studios.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intermediate Three-Dimensional Computer Graphics
  • Introduction to Three-Dimensional Animation
  • Scripting for Animation
  • Character Animation in 3D
  • Shader Programming
  • Advanced Senior Film Production
  • Gesture Drawing for Animators
  • Basic Storyboarding
  • Two-Dimensional Animation
  • Drawing for Animation
  • Advanced Storyboarding
  • Two-Dimensional Animation Production
  • Business and Ethics in Animation
  • Introduction to Film

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

  • Submit the application by the appropriate application deadlines.
  • Please note that housing options are dependent upon what is available on any given room selection date. 
  • Students who choose to apply for and attend summer term will have priority selection for fall on-campus housing and fall class registration.
  • Students should apply for the semester or term for which they wish to attend. Requests to change beginning semesters may not be accommodated.
  • The admission criteria are the same for all entry dates. One semester or term is not easier to get into over another. 
  • Applicants intending to serve an LDS mission can view full information about deferring here.
For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    588 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 588 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    294 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 294 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Provo

  • 944 - 1640 USD/month
    Living Costs

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