Stand Out With an Undergraduate Degree From Webster

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Hone Your Craft with a BA in Animation

An animator is both a storyteller and an artist. Exercise your skills to make images move on the screen — and in the hearts and minds of your audience.

Webster's animation degree gives you a strong foundation in the techniques of hand-drawn and computer animation, the technology that powers today's cutting-edge animated content, and the theoretical knowledge that will grow your artistic perspective. Our students synthesize theory and practice to create vibrant animated content with a global viewpoint. You will gain insight and mentorship from our practitioner faculty.

Our Animation major prepares you for a career in independent and commercial animation. You will develop a broad range of expertise in animation arts, including 2D and 3D character animation, game art, comics, concept art and character design.


Still shot of a gorilla against a blue-green background, from Professor Michael Long's animated short film, "Gorilla Tactics."
Professor's Film Awarded at Accolade Global Film Competition

“It’s a thrill to win awards for animation, experimentation and humor in a competition that yearly draws thousands of entries and in the past included Academy Award-winning filmmakers.”

Still shot of a gorilla against a blue-green background, from Professor Michael Long's animated short film, "Gorilla Tactics."
Michael Long

Assistant Professor, Animation

Awards Announcement for "Gorilla Tactics"

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Choose Webster — A Top Animation College

A Top 25 Animation BA Degree Program

Webster University’s bachelor’s degree in Animation was ranked #21 in the Midwest and #2 in Missouri in 2024 by the Animation Career Review, an online resource dedicated to providing aspiring animation students with information on the best schools in the field. Webster’s Animation program is also one of only 17 schools in the nation to become a Toon Boom Center of Excellence.

COE Centre of Excellence Toon Boom
Hannah Harms
Why Webster?

“There is such a strong community amongst all of the animators (at Webster). Instead of a competitive and judgmental environment, everyone is supportive and encouraging.”

Hannah Harms

Utilize Leading Industry Software and Equipment

The School of Communications complex houses a state-of-the-art media production and education facility that meets industry standards and includes unique, first-in-the-region technologies and capabilities. Studio facilities include an audio and video production and recording suite, sound stage, workshop space, photography studio, gallery, animation, game design and video post-production labs, as well as flexible teaching spaces.

In addition, Webster University has been designated a Toon Boom Centre of Excellence school. Toon Boom Animation is a leading animation and storyboarding software used by many prominent studios — including Disney and DreamWorks — for developing animation and new content.

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Personalize Your Learning Experience

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Develop Your Portfolio

Over the course of your Animation major studies, you will make and distribute your own animations, develop an individual style and voice, work in a welcoming and creative studio environment, and graduate with a comprehensive portfolio of independent artistic work.



Details of Webster's Animation Programs

In its 14th year, the Kinematifest film festival is a student initiative created for and by Webster University students. Our mission is to inspire and innovate Webster University students to grow as artists through motion pictures, to draw attention to rising filmmakers and animators, to give students a chance to present their work, and to encourage dialogue with the community.

Kinematifest is a festival designed to promote student work. We want to allow students and the greater community to enjoy art in an all-encompassing virtual event. With independent films and animation, professional speakers and local companies, we will provide a day full of exploration and entertainment in the world of film. The three core outcomes of the festival are competitive success, inspiring creativity and creating a strong community network.

There are nine categories: Documentary, Comedy, Drama, Horror, Experimental, Music Videos, Experimental Animation, Animated Shorts and Animated Clips.

Learn More about Kinematifest

Webster graduates work in the animation, video games and comics industries with companies, such as Disney, Dreamworks, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Digital Domain, Industrial Light and Magic, Riot Games, Image Comics, Motion Picture Company, Insomniac Games, IDW, Double Negative, Titmouse, Bento Box Entertainment, Dark Horse, Stoopid Buddy, Oni and Joe Murray Studio.

Webster alumni have worked on films, television, video games and animations, such as "Frozen," "The Avengers," "Raya and the Last Dragon," "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," "Moana," "Doctor Strange," "Zootopia," "Game of Thrones," "Dune," "Hotel Transylvania," "The Wolverine," "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Kung Fu Panda 3," "King Kong," "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace," "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water," "Pacific Rim," "Apollo 13," "Beowulf" and all three installments of "The Lord of the Rings."

Past visiting animation artists and historians include Floyd Norman, Rich Moore, Byron Howard, Bill Plympton, Emily Hubley, Faith Hubley, Brad Schiff, John Canemaker, Jerry Beck, Will Vinton, Ray Harryhausen, Kathy Rose, Deanna Morse, Ari Grabb, Chuck Jones, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston.

Webster University provides access to industry-level software and hardware, including cintiq workstations and motion-capture technology.

Jeffrey Pope
Educational Support

“I enjoyed how relatable and knowledgeable all [Webster] students and faculty are. I also liked the easy access to programs and lab facilities.”

Jeffrey Pope
Jeffrey Pope

BA in Animation, '20

Senior Project: Ninja Strike Force

What You Do with a Bachelor's in Animation?

Salaries for BA in Animation Graduates

Jobs related to animation and special effects are expected to grow 8% over the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In addition to the positive job outlook, you can also earn a high salary. The BLS reports the median salary for animators is nearly $100,000.

Get Started on Your Bachelor's Degree in Animation

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