M.A. On Campus

Animation and Visual Effects

Academy of Art University

24 months
1276 USD/credit 38280 USD/year
1218 USD/credit 36540 USD/year
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The Animation and Visual Effects MA program at Academy of Art University provides students an opportunity to work in 2D Animation & Stop Motion, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, or Visual Effects, while focusing on storytelling with an emphasis on exhibiting technical skills and eliciting emotional responses.


Earn your Animation and Visual Effects degree from one of the most dynamic Animation and VFX programs in the country. If you’re an aspiring storyboard artist, visual effects artist, 2D or 3D Animator, come learn from some of today’s most accomplished professionals in the heart of the industry.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduate Animation and Visual Effects students at Academy of Art University will meet the following student performance criteria:

  • 2D Animation & Stop Motion - Traditional Animation
  • Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with anatomy, proportion, figure, animals, perspective, color and design, and composition
  • Develop visual stories that support comedic or dramatic situations
  • Stage stories through effective camera placement choices
  • Draw convincing characters, layouts, storyboards, and animatics
  • Apply the principles of animation to create animated movement and performances
  • Technical Skills - Demonstrate facility with animation technology and software
  • Presentation Skills - Clearly discuss work and workflow process with a review committee, using industry terminology

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Gesture & Quick Sketch for Animators
  • Figurative Concepts
  • 3D Modeling & Animation (Maya)
  • Storyboarding
  • Character Animation
  • Feature Animation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form or online application.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college or university showing completion of an undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    38280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1276 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    36540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1218 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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