You bring design to life.

You’ll come to CCAD with a burning imagination. With 2D, 3D and experimental animation, as well as game art, motion graphics, digital modeling, lighting and more, we’ll give you the tools and techniques to set the fire ablaze. In our Animation degree program, you’ll have access to industry-standard facilities and expert guidance from creative faculty. It’s a quick-paced, electric, collaborative environment focused on pushing you to create your best work. You’ll graduate as a multifaceted creator ready to shape the animation industry.

ANIMATION DEGREE FACILITIES

You'll have access to:

  • Mac and PC computer labs loaded with industry-standard software
  • 21-inch Cintiq tablets so you can express yourself in 2D and 3D animation environments
  • A stop-motion lab equipped with DSLRs and Dragonframe
  • The Sandbox Student Lounge, home to the Animation Student Collective

Student and alumni works

  • 2D Digital Character Design, Animation, Jinny Hinkle, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    2D Digital Character Design
    Animation
     
  • 3D Modeling, Surfacing, Lighting; Animation; Benjamin Irmen; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    3D Modeling, Surfacing, Lighting and Rendering
    Animation
     
  • 3D Modeling, Surfacing and Rigging; Animation; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    3D Modeling, Surfacing and Rigging
    Animation
     
  • Night of the Living Chef, Animation, Nick Watkins, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Night of the Living Chef
    Animation
     
  • This is Gigi, Animation, Marina Khatin, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    This is Gigi
    Animation
     
  • 3D Modeling and Lighting; Animation; Ally Weibel; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    3D Modeling and Lighting
    Animation
     
  • Character Design - Line Drawing; Animation; Lauren Engle; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Character Design - Line Drawing
    Animation
     
  • Character Design - Turn Around; Animation; Lauren Engle; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Character Design - Turn Around
    Animation
     
  • Insect Turnaround
    Animation
     
  • T-Rex
    Animation
     
  • Still from Life of Pi, Animation, Steve Hubbard, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Still from Life of Pi
    Animation
  • One Adventurous Week in Maui; Animation; Fawn Veerasunthorn; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    One adventurous week in Maui, Hawaii
    Animation
  • Sketches, Animation, Steve Umbleby, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Sketches
    Animation
  • Personal Illustration – Character, Animation; Max Ulichney; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
    Personal Illustrations – Character Design
    Animation
     
  • Banana Girl Series, Animation, Kartika Mediani, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Banana Girl series
    Animation
  • My Little Pony Covers, Animation, Sara Richard, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    My Little Pony covers
    Animation
  • Pumbaa, Simba, and Timon Sculpt; Animation; Kaleb Rice; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Pumbaa, Simba, and Timon Sculpt
    Animation
     
  • Surrealistic Renders Series, Animation, Ryan Green, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Surrealistic Renders series
    Animation
     
  • Concept Work for Riot Games, Animation, Chris Campbell, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Concept work for Riot Games
    Animation
     

Animation Program Careers

Our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Architectural visualization producer
Augmented reality designer
Character animator for feature films
Effects house animator
Game artist
Live theatre effects designer
Motion designer
Projection mapping artist
Rapid prototyping producer
Television animator

Animation Degree Employers

  • Animal Logic
  • Arclight Cinema
  • Bento Box
  • Black Entertainment Television
  • Cartoon Network
  • Dreamworks
  • Electronic Arts
  • Nickelodeon Animation Studios
  • PDI Dreamworks
  • Phosphor Games
  • Pixar
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Sony Pictures Animations
  • TimeGate Studios
  • Time Warner
  • Twentieth Century Fox
  • Vigil Games
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation

Animation Major

Credit hours

Requirement
Program Requirements 36
CORE Studio Requirements 42
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42
Total
120

Course information

Check out the Animation degree program's course requirements chart on the major flyer.

Full-time faculty

Associate Professor Charlotte Belland, Animation chair, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)
  • Chair of Animation
  • Associate Professor
cbelland@ccad.edu
614.437.1062
Program Liaison Bekah Nunn, Animation and Cinematic Arts, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Program Liaison, Animation and Cinematic Arts
rnunn.1@ccad.edu
614.437.7321
Professor Tracy Robbins, Animation, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Professor
trobbins@ccad.edu
614.437.7460
Assistant Professor Andy Friz, Animation, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Assistant Professor
afriz@ccad.edu
614.437.1032
Associate Professor Tom Richner, Animation, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Associate Professor
trichner@ccad.edu
614.437.7230
Assistant Professor Jeremy Baker, 3D Animation, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
  • Assistant Professor
jbaker.4@ccad.edu

Notable alumni

Fawn Veerasunthorn is an alumni of the CCAD Animation class of 2004.

Fawn Veerasunthorn specializes in story and visual development and is currently a story artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios. With more than 47,000 followers on Instagram, it’s safe to say her visual style is popular. Veerasunthorn worked on Frozen and is now engaged in a new feature film. She previously worked with Nickelodeon Animation Studio and Illumination Entertainment, where she contributed to Despicable Me 2 and The Lorax.

Fawn Veerasunthorn
Animation
Steve Hubbard is an alumni of the CCAD Animation class of 2010.

Steve Hubbard is a Mid-Senior Modeler at Animal Logic, a leading studio for film and animation production that specializes in the use of real-time technologies. He was part of the team that won a 2012 Oscar for Best Visual Effects for Life of Pi. Hubbard has also received a Bronze Telly Award and two regional Emmys. And he won the 2015 Joseph V. Canzani Alumni Award for Excellence. 

Steve Hubbard
Animation

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