• 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.


Advertising Sales Representative
Art Director
Assistant Director
Broadband Producer
Broadcast Producer
Casting Director
Client Services Supervisor
Digital Account Executive
Digital Media Product Developer
Educational Video Director/Producer
Electronics and Sensor Designer
Entertainment/Studio Executive
Executive Producer
Festival Director/Programmer
Field Segment Producer
Film Archivist
Film/Media Writer
Foley Specialist
Image Librarian/Archivist
Interaction Designer
Lighting Designer/Technician
Location Manager/Scout
Motion Capture Engineer
Motion Graphics Designer & Producer
Multimedia Journalist/Producer
Photo Asset Manager/Instructor/Editor
Photographic Labs/Image Producer
Post-production Supervisor
Press Agent
Production Manager
Programming and Software Designer[/one_third] Properties Producer
Public Relations/Publicist
Reality Programming Director
Recording and Mastering Engineer
Script Editor
Script Supervisor
Set Designer & Construction
Set Director
Sound Designer
Sound Editor
Studio Merchandiser
Talent Producer
Technical Illustrator
Technical Writer
Visual Effect Specialist
Visual Effect 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