An animation or computer animation program allows you to develop and improve your creative skills. You’ll learn from industry professionals and study an array of topics, including basic animation principles, the production pipeline, character and background design, storyboarding, and modeling.

The biggest use for animation is for entertainment. Animation is used on the TV, on your phones, and all over the internet. On television, animation is mostly used to occupy children, as it gives them something to laugh about and keeps them entertained for long periods of time.

Whatever your school or specialization, your animation courses are likely to cover the following subject matter

      • 2D and 3D animation
      • Cartooning styles
      • Color and composition
      • Drawing skills
      • Depicting emotion
      • Life drawing
      • Filmmaking techniques and elements
      • Storyboarding
      • Storytelling
      • Shading and lighting
      • Rigging
      • Motion capture
      • History of animation
      • Marketing
      • Creating a portfolio or demo reel
      • Software training

As animation as a whole moves almost completely to computers, the degree of animation programs become more widespread online. Some schools may offer a hybrid program, that is, a program where you can take theory, history and liberal arts requirements online but need to attend more hands-on application courses at a local college.

Some of the degrees (Certificate and Bachelor’s) you can earn online include:

    • Media Arts & Animation
    • 2D Animation
    • Computer Animation
    • Game Design & Animation
    • Animation Technology

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