Start a movement with motion.

Life is full of movement, and you’ll learn how to capture it in CCAD’s Animation program. Here, you’ll learn the latest in animation tools and techniques, including 2D, 3D and experimental forms (think claymation, stop-motion, or other forms of animation made with unexpected materials). That’s not all: You’ll also learn about creating motion graphics, digital modeling, and virtual reality. And you’ll make work using professional-grade tools and facilities, all with the support of our expert faculty.

You’ll also sharpen your creative skills through other activities, like CCAD Sketch, a one-of-a-kind program where we bring in animals for live-sketch sessions (like this one). The Animation Student Collective is where you’ll meet new friends and take your creativity to new places. And you won’t want to miss out on fun creative competitions like the worldwide 24-Hours Animation Contest for Students.

Course Spotlight

Visual Development

Gain a better understanding of visual development for animation through a combination of exercises, workshops, demonstrations, film analysis, and critiques. You’ll learn practical, in-depth approaches to 2D, 3D, and experimental techniques in support of creating production-ready materials that tell your story.

Animation First Year Experience

Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Total Credit Hours


Freshman Year - Fall

Course Title
2D Creative Practice
Systems of Drawing
Mod Contemporary or Historical Art History
Writing and the Arts

Freshman Year - Spring

Course Title
Intro to Animation
Drawing for Entertainment Design
3D Making with Care
History of Animation
Liberal Arts Self and Society Course

Animation News

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Who gives LeBron James his tattoos? It might not be who you think. Andy Friz is an associate professor of Animation at Columbus College of Art & Design who maintains an active creative practice, including special effects work for the long-awaited Space Jam sequel, officially titled Space Jam: A New Legacy.


Congrats to this year’s participants in this year’s world-wide, completely virtual 24 HOURS Animation Competition for Students. The teams of five students each were charged with creating a fully realized half-minute short within 24 hours.

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