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The BFA in Animation, Film, Photography and Motion Design (AFP&MD) teaches all aspects of the production process. AFP&MD classes are structured around experiential learning, providing students with extensive hands-on practice with individual and collaborative projects that reflect industry standards.

AFP&MD encourages students to explore their passions and interests by allowing certain projects to be customized to their individual career goals. AFP&MD cultivates a positive learning environment for experimentation and exploration with an emphasis on the study of time, motion and light in regards to various narrative, non-fiction, and experimental entertainment fields. Students develop into critical, analytical, and independent problem solvers, thinkers, and creators.

The program offers cross-disciplinary coursework, which emphasizes the relationships between Animation, Film, and Photography so that each course enhances the others. The program begins with foundation courses in 2D Design, Sculpture, Drawing, and Art History, which provides solid skills and historical context to their major. As early as Freshman year, students create short films, animations, and photographs.

Travel opportunities and field trips are available. AFP&MD students partnered with the CMU Biology students to study and photograph butterflies in Peru, which culminated in a student photo and video exhibit at the CMU Art Gallery

 
View the program sheet for Animation, Film, Photography, and Motion Design Program Sheet

 

Animation Showreel 2019



She Kills Monsters


CMU's Art & Design Department partnered with CMU's Performing Arts Department for the production of She Kills Monsters. Watch this video of student Catrina Odom discussing the animation process.

Examples of Student Work


 

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Artwork by student Catrina Odom with Animation
and Digital Filmmaking Professor Evan Curtis.

Director Taylor Yates takes a moment to look over the script

Filmmaking Courses with Instructor Jeff
Gustafson:Director Taylor Yates takes a
moment to look over the script

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Character Design by student Jinglin Huang with Animation
and Digital Filmmaking Professor Evan Curtis.

 

 

 

 

Director of photography Aaron Lewis and director Taylor Yates discuss a shot
Filmmaking Courses with Instructor Jeff Gustafson:
Director of photography Aaron Lewis
and director Taylor Yates discuss a shot
Victor Richardson and Mikel Keeler-Howarth apply some special effects makeup

Filmmaking Courses with Instructor Jeff Gustafson:
Victor Richardson and Mikel Keeler-Howarth
apply some special effects makeup

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Character Design by student Catrina Odom with Animation
and Digital Filmmaking Professor Evan Curtis.

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Artwork by student Syd Smith with Animation
and Digital Filmmaking Professor Evan Curtis.