Earn your Media Arts and Animation degree

Passionate about art? Use your drive and polish your skills with an animation major from Carlow University. You will learn the essential skills to work with new media technologies, including animation software and digital storytelling.

Working with faculty who have field experience, you will master advanced principles of 2D and 3D computer animation and become proficient in animation software. You can supplement your education with creative classes like creative writing and gestural studies. 

With a program adapted to your own academic interests, you can dive head first into experimental animation, conveying your ideas with mixed media and different approaches to digital technology.

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Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 Credits

Media Arts major curriculum

You will gain a professional edge by working with industry-standard animation software, including Adobe Creative Suite, ZBrush and Toon Boom. Media arts and animation includes graphic design work with digital photography and digital illustration in the 2D and 3D studios and the animation lab.

You will develop and refine a digital portfolio under the guidance of faculty who will help ensure your portfolio demonstrates your unique media arts and animation style. The portfolio will prepare you for entry-level employment in the field.

Required media arts and animation coursework will teach you how to successfully manage your own freelance business. The Creative Freelancer, a required course, involves professional practice and teaches creatives how to market themselves.

Quick facts

  • Become proficient in essential software such as Adobe Creative Suite and ZBrush
  • Develop and refine a media arts and animation portfolio
  • Access facilities like the 2D and 3D studios
  • Learn how to successfully manage your own freelance business 
  • Gain professional experience in Carlow’s on-campus art gallery
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Career opportunities for media arts and animation

Students have gone on to work for ad agencies, public relations firms and school districts, and to study in graduate programs.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, from 2019 to 2029, employment for multimedia artists and animators will grow 4%, largely fueled by the demand from the movie, television and video game industries.

Admission requirements and application process

  1. Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  2. Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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Expand your skill set

Art major James Balsimo ’22 said Carlow’s Media Arts and Animation program gave him the freedom to express himself. Additionally, “I learned the global history of animation as well as the necessary components to navigate the modern animation industry. The program also covers other important aspects such as graphic design and digital illustration that have expanded my skill set.”

Media Arts & Animation faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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