​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Take your visual storytelling to the next level in Central Michigan University’s animation program. You’ll develop the artistic vision and technical skills necessary to create engaging characters and produce powerful visual stories. You can choose to work in a variety of media from hand-drawn animation to traditional stop-motion techniques and 3D computer animation. You’ll study character design, storyboarding, 3D modeling and lighting, character performance and effects animation. As you continue through the program, you’ll have a variety of opportunities to build a strong professional portfolio.​​

​​​​​​Points of Pride

  • CMU animation student Maggie Buerkle won a Best Bumper Award for her animated short film “Photobomb” at the Traverse City Film Festival in summer 2018.
  • Animation Super Station, a student group on campus, regularly screens films, hosts speakers and allows you to meet fellow animation enthusiasts.

Put Your Degree to Work

You’ll experience a broad job outlook by combining your coursework with relevant experience, such as creating animated promotional spots for the Traverse City Film Festival, designing assets for the on-campus, student-produced escape room, or even traveling to Mexico as part of a historical video game design team. As a graduate of the animation program at CMU, you’ll find career opportunities such as:

  • Character animator
  • Motion graphics animator
  • Character designer
  • Storyboard artist
  • Effects animator
  • 3D animator
  • 3D illustrator
  • Technical director
  • Game developer

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

Below is a list of potential careers, median salary over the course of the career and projected job growth.

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2026​
Multimedia artist/animator$72,520 per year8% (6,200 more jobs)

Program Overview

For a full review of programs and required courses, visit CMU's official online academic bulletin and consult with an academic advisor.

For More Information

Visit the art and design website or contact:

Department of Art and Design
Wightman Hall 132
Phone: 989-774-3025