• UWM Animation BA

Award Winning

Recognized as one of Hollywood Reporter’s “Top 20 Film Programs in the World” and Variety’s “Best Film Schools” in both 2017 & 2018, our BA program in Animation provides essential education and experience to foster and develop future animators.

As members of the overarching Department of Film, Video, Animation and New Genres, animation students will meet a rigorous curriculum and become immersed in a vibrant creative community, including not only coursework but a wide array of student activities, including multiple animation clubs. The goal of the program is to graduate students who are ready to fully contribute to the arts and industry, rich with ideas, confident in their expression, experienced in collaboration and technically skilled.

Job Placement

Our regional film and media production sector expanded by 10% between 2010-2015, twice the growth of the overall economy. For comparison, with over 14,600 jobs and counting, film and media production employment is nearly 5 times larger than the size of the region’s proud beverage manufacturing and distribution industries. This creative economy continues to grow because of our alumni, student and faculty contributions. As the only dedicated undergraduate major in animation in the UW System, we can confidently say as much.

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Curriculum below is approved for students currently enrolled in the respective program, depending upon original date of declaration. Future adjustments for new/incoming students will be posted by Fall Semester. After reviewing, please connect with our advising office to start planning your degree path today!

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Animation

A successful Foundation Review is required after completion of the Film core coursework in order to proceed with the degree curriculum. See Film Course Descriptions for more detailed information on courses offered.

University Core 45 Credits
Competencies (more info)
English Parts A & B *
Math Parts A & B *
Foreign Language *
General Education Requirements (more info)
ARTHIST 205 History of Film I (Humanities) 3
Humanities 3
Social Science 6
Natural Science (1 course with lab) 6
Cultural Diversity *
Peck School of the Arts (3 arts areas outside department) 12
General (outside Peck School of the Arts) 12
General (outside department) 3
*credit may be utilized in required curriculum areas
Degree Curriculum 57 Credits
FILM 114 Film & Experience 3
FILM 116 Listening & Recording 3
FILM 117 Filmmaking Tech/Tech 3
FILM 118 Sound & Image 3
FILM 201 Intro to Exp. Media Arts 3
FILM 231 Concept Dev/Film Practice 3
FILM 232 Animation I 3
FILM 222 Intro to Digital Filmmaking 3
FILM 341 Animation Elective 3
FILM 380 Stop Motion Animation 3
FILM 380 Experimental Animation 3
FILM 420 The Business of Animation 3 3
FILM 460 Advanced Animation Studio 3
FILM 509 Senior Project I 3
 FILM 510 Senior Project II 6
Animation/Film Electives
(Choose 380, 420, 460. Each may be retaken w/ change in topic up to 12CR.) 9
General Electives (may be taken from any area of the University) 18


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Caroline Kastelic

BFA, Film, Animation, and New Genres | 2006

"I enjoyed that I could create my own world and do things on my own schedule. And I liked the isolation and control you can get by not using actors." Caroline Kastelic on working with puppets and stop motion animation.

Careers in Film

3D Modeler
Adr Editor
Advertising & Sales
Aerial Cinematographer
Art Director
Arts Administration
Assistant Director
Best Boy
Boom Operator
Broadcast Producer
Camera Operator
Casting Director
Character Rigger
Client Services Supervisor
Compositing Artist
Creature Designer
Development Executive
Digital Account Executive
Digital Imaging Technician
Digital Media Product Developer
Dolly Grip
Drone Operator
Dubbing Mixer
Educational Video Director/Producer
Electronics & Sensor Designer
Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
Entertainment/Studio Executive
Festival Director/Programmer
Field Segment Producer
Film Archivist/Processor/Writer
Foley Specialist
Forensic Animator
Image Librarian/Archivist
Interaction Designer
Jimmy Jib Operator
Key Grip
Lighting Designer/Technician
Line Producer
Location Manager/Scout
Medical Animator
Motion Capture Engineer
Motion Graphics Designer/Producer
Multimedia Artist/Journalist/Producer
News Producer
Photo Asset Manager/Instructor/Editor
Photographic Labs/Image Producer
Post-Production Supervisor
Press Agent
Producer (Television & Film)
Production Designer/Manager
Programming & Software Designer
Prop Maker
Properties Producer
Public Relations/Publicist
Puppet Fabricator
Reality Programming Director
Recording & Mastering Engineer
Rights & Clearances
Rotoscope Artist
Script Editor/Supervisor/Writer
Set Constructor/Designer/Director
Social Media Specialist
Sound Designer/Editor/Mixer
Steadicam Operator
Still Photography
Stop Motion Animator
Storyboard Artist
Studio Merchandiser
Talent Producer
Technical Illustrator/Writer
Texture Artist
University Administration
University Faculty
Visual Effect Specialist/Supervisor
Wardrobe Supervisor
Web Producer
Webisode Writer/Researcher


Dedicated Animation BA Faculty

profile photoTim Deckerdecker@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 455

Lecturer, Animation

profile photoHannah Raye White Hamalianhrwhite@uwm.edu

Associate Lecturer, Film & Animation

profile photoOwen Klatteklatte@uwm.eduKenilworth Square East 492

Associate Lecturer, Animation

profile photoBrooke Thieleswelstad@uwm.eduMitchell B54

Lecturer, Film & Animation

Manager, Equipment Room

Coordinator, Animation B.A.

Film Faculty & Staff