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Animation Application Information
High School Prep
For the Pre-Major
For the Pre-BFA
For the BFA

HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATION

While still in high school, you can do the following things to prepare for the Animation program at BYU:

  • Take any art courses offered at your high school- AP Art, Figure Drawing, Traditional Animation, Art Foundations, etc. While these courses will not be counted as a pre-requisite to the Animation program, faculty members recommend prospective students to take advantage of any courses offered prior to high school graduation.
  • Apply for a talent award/department scholarship award in December. These applications are available 30 days prior to the deadline and are available to prospective BYU students. In addition, if you are given a talent award or department scholarship, you automatically bypass the first application process. This means you would be recognized as a pre-BFA students and you would simply take DESAN 101, CSANM 150, DES 150, and DESAN 160 before applying to the BFA program in June. For more information about Talent Awards and Department Scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid page.
  • Start carrying around a sketchbook at all times, drawing from life rather than from cartoons or computer images. The most important aspect of an animation portfolio is the ability to draw proportions accurately (especially of human figures), so practice drawing realistically.
  • Attend the Design Department's "Design Week", hosted once a year during the summer. For more information, visit the Design Week webpage.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Admissions

Prospective BYU students wishing to be admitted into the Animation program for Fall semester must first apply to BYU through BYU Admissions. Admission to BYU does not guarantee admission into Department of Design degree programs.

Faculty

Our program has excellent experienced faculty who will work personally with you as you progress through the program. Professors will be mentors, offering advice and direction. Our faculty are all award-winning, established animators with years of teaching professional experience. Visit our faculty page to see individual bios, contact information, or work they have completed.

Software/Hardware

Animation Majors are required to own a Wacom “Grip Pen” stylus. Animation is a collaborative discipline, so most work will be done in the computer labs on campus as opposed to on personal computers. However, if students wish to work outside of lab hours, laptops/computers should have the specs to be able to run Maya.

PRE-MAJOR

Deadline: End of Fall 1st term, end of Winter 1st term.

As a new student to BYU and prospective Animation major, you must declare your major as Pre-Animation. This status does not guarantee admission into the program and can be changed at any time, but gives you access to the first pre-requisite course, DESAN 101. To declare as a Pre-Animation student, please visit MyMAP or contact the Advisement Center at (801) 422-3777.

After declaring yourself as a Pre-Major, register for the pre-requisite, DESAN 101. Keep in mind that it takes a couple hours and sometimes days to register your Pre-Major status, so do well in advance to the day you hope to register for courses.

During DESAN 101, the professors will give more information on what the Pre-BFA portfolio review will require. Based upon review of the work completed in DESAN 101, students will be promoted to Pre-BFA Animation status.

IF YOU GET PROMOTED INTO THE PRE-BFA

After being promoted to Pre-BFA status from DESAN 101, you will then have access to the next 3 pre-requisite courses: DES 150, DESAN 160, CSANM 150. Complete these three courses in any order prior to applying for the Animation BFA program.

BFA portfolio reviews and applications are reviewed once a year in June, and more information on the application process will be available as the deadline approaches. You may review the current requirements for the BFA application, but keep in mind that it is subject to change.

If you are not accepted into the program after your first application, you have another opportunity to submit your portfolio the next portfolio review. If unaccepted the second time, faculty members will then recommend you to pursue another major.

BFA APPLICATION

Deadline: June of each year. Contact the department for exact date
Link for more information: Animation BFA 2020 Application Info

Students may apply for the Animation BFA degree program only after first obtaining Animation Pre-BFA status.

BFA portfolio reviews and applications are reviewed once a year in June, and more information on the application process will be available as the deadline approaches. You may review the current requirements for the BFA application, but keep in mind that it is subject to change.

If you are not accepted into the program after your first application, you have another opportunity to submit your portfolio the next portfolio review in June. If you are unaccepted after applying a second time, faculty members will then recommend you pursue another major.

    BFA PORTFOLIO INFORMATION

    The portfolio should consist of 8-15 examples of best, most current examples of artwork. A curated sampling project and assignments from DES150, DESAN 160, CSANM 150, and some personal work (optional).

    In addition to a portfolio, a sketchbook will be submitted. The sketchbook is supplementary to the work in the main portfolio.

    IF YOU ARE ADMITTED TO THE BFA

    During your time in the Animation BFA program at BYU, you will have the opportunity to collaborate on larger projects, perfect traditional and computer Animation skills, network with various studios, and learn from celebrated faculty members. For more information about the courses available to Animation students during the program, please visit the Animation Undergraduate Catalog.