About the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts
John C. Hench confers with Walt Disney,
Circa 1950.

Animation was the first of the moving image arts and laid the groundwork for what became the cinematic arts. No surprise then that it continues to pave the way for some of the industry's most cutting edge advancements. The John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts (DADA) teaches animation in all its forms: from traditional, hand-drawn character driven storytelling, to the mindblowing visual effects that bring summer blockbusters to life.

At Hench-DADA, you'll explore every aspect of art in motion and learn why your animation skills give you unprecedented career choices, whether as an artist or in project management. And while you'll take classes in the full spectrum of animation and digital arts-including character animation, 2D and 3D storytelling, performance capture, visual effects, motion graphics, game design, documentary animation, virtual reality, and visualizing science-the most important work you'll do is in developing your own artistry. Your starting point could be on paper or on a computer screen, but it's your vision as an artist that gives your subjects animated vibrancy.

The John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts is home to the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation, which houses classrooms, figure drawing facilities, an animation library, animation camera rooms, stop motion stages, collaboration areas, and other resources. Hench-DADA students are always in demand as collaborators. While taking classes across the School's divisions, you'll meet students specializing in other aspects of production who might become lifelong creative partners. Hench-DADA provides you with all the tools necessary to bring your creative visions to life; you need only dream it- and draw it!

Degrees Offered
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Animation & Digital Arts Undergraduate Minor
  • Minor in Science Visualization
Contact Information

John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts
USC School of Cinematic Arts
930 W. 34th Street - SCB 210
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Daphne Sigismondi (Assistant Director)
(213) 740-3986
Email: dsigismondi@cinema.usc.edu

Emily Benfield - Administrative Coordinator
Tel. (213) 821-4396 Fax. 213-740-5869
Email: ebenfield@cinema.usc.edu