• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Video games, animated movies, special effects, motion graphics, and even architectural renderings all depend on the work of animators. MTSU’s animation program, a concentration in the Electronic Media Communication Department, helps students learn how to bring their ideas to life on the screen.
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  • Students learn basic animation and then progress through advanced digital tools and techniques used by Hollywood animation studios for major motion pictures and video games. This program provides students the opportunity to prepare for careers in character animation, motion graphics, and visual effects.
  • Students choosing to study animation (sometimes referred to as digital animation) have opportunities for training for careers in 3D modeling and character animation, motion graphics, and special effects for work in TV, film. or video graphics professions.
  • Examples of career possibilities include
  • Animator for film, TV, and video games
  • Animated filmmaker
  • Video game production artist
  • Motion graphics artist
  • Visual effects artist for film and video
  • 3D modeler
  • 3D projection mapper
  • Technical director
  • Architectural visualization artist
  • Medical visualization artist
  • Product design artist
  • Forensic re-creation artist
  • Compositor
  • Environment and set extender
  • Lighting and rendering artist
  • Rigger
  • Script writer
  • Texturer

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

  • EMC 1020 - American Media and Social Institutions
  • EMC 1050 - Basic Digital Photography and Imaging
  • EMC 2030 - Visual Journalism Production
  • EMC 2120 - Sight, Sound, and Motion
  • EMC 2130 - Introduction to Field Video Production
  • EMC 2131 - Introduction to Studio Video Production
  • EMC 2410 - Introduction to Electronic Media
  • EMC 2500 - Survey of New Media Communication
  • EMC 3000 - Introduction to Motion Pictures
  • EMC 3020 - Writing for the Electronic Media
  • EMC 3030 - Electronic Media Advertising
  • EMC 3060 - Writing for Digital Media tent development; looks at creation of meaning in the new media while providing skills in content.
  • EMC 3070 - Introduction to Social Media Practice
  • EMC 3110 - Radio Station Operations
  • EMC 3140 - Multi-Camera Directing and Producing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

General requirements
  • Application form for admission
  • $30 application fee
  • International Certificate of Immunization
  • Financial statement indicating sources of support
  • Certificate of Freedom from Tuberculosis
  • All foreign non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission (immediate withdrawal from classes) or continued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • Submit Varicella (chickenpox)
  • For undergraduate admissions, submit the following to the International Admissions Office (Campus Box 120, Peck Hall 216, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA):
  • TOEFL - an official iBT score of 61 or above (173 or above cbt or 500 or above paper-based);
  • IELTS - an official score of 5.5 or above;
  • iTEP - an official score of 3.6 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, you may submit the following:
  • ELS passing of Level 110 in place of the above examinations - applicants may submit an official academic record demonstrating successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 110.
If residing in the US and applicable, please submit the following:
  • a copy of the I-94;
  • a copy of the I-20 ID;
  • copy of passport expiration page;
  • copy of visa page of passport.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1034 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1034 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
    Living Costs

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