DePaul University

24 months
865 USD/credit
865 USD/credit
865 USD/credit
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The MA in Animation degree from DePaul University provides a combination of artistic and technical training that prepares students for a future in 3D character animation, traditional animation, computer game art, or visual effects.


The The MA in Animation degree from DePaul University offers 4 concentration options:

  • Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics, sometimes known as Motion Design, involves putting graphic forms, text, and photographic elements into motion using the principles of animation. These are almost always paired with sound and music for a specific purpose, such as in advertisements, educational and industrial videos, films and television titles, visual effects, and video games. Chicago is a major center for commercial advertising production, and Motion Graphics is a significant part of the commercial production and post-production process.

  • Technical Artist

The Technical Artist Concentration prepares students for a range of technical roles, from the complex jobs of riggers, next generation modelers and motion capture artists to the hybrid specialization of the Technical Artist. A game industry Technical Artist is an art department member who serves as a bridge between art and engineering. The TA needs to understand the language of both fields and act as a translator between the areas. In the film and television CGI animation and VFX industries the Technical Artist is more commonly referred to as a Technical Director or Technical Animator. The TA in these fields shares many of the core responsibilities (pipeline, troubleshooting) and animation technical skills as the game TA.

  • Traditional Animation

The Traditional Animator Concentration is for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of traditional animation, including hand-drawn, stop motion, and hybrid methods, with an eye towards a production career in animation. Students in this concentration will training in the history, critical artistic issues, and fundamental principles that are necessary for animation artists. MA in Animation graduates will be prepared for many varied career options available to animators, including storyboard artists, visual development artists, layout artists, character animators, and commercial animators.

  • 3D Animation

The 3D Animation concentration is for students interested in 3D animated filmmaking. Students will learn all the 3D tools necessary to realize their cinematic vision, including the most current approaches to 3D animation, modeling, texturing, lighting, rigging, visual effects, compositing, and rendering. Students will complement their 3D studies with a solid foundation in studio art, visual design, art history, and traditional approaches to cinematic filmmaking.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Animation Graduate Seminar
  • Animation Mechanics
  • 3D Animation Survey
  • Game Art Pipeline
  • 3D Scripting
  • Advanced 3D Scripting
  • Visual Design for Games

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




52 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all college and universities attended
  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Bachelor's degree awarded from a regionally accredited institution
  • Test of English Proficiency for international students
  • Submit a reel or portfolio that includes examples of your creative visual work as part of your application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

DePaul University