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At the John C. Hench Division of Animation + Digital Arts, students explore every aspect of art in motion and learn why animation has become integral to filmmaking and digital media. The Division teaches courses in all facets of animation and digital arts. These include classic character animation, visual storytelling, performance capture, visual effects, motion graphics, immersive media, experimental filmmaking, projection mapping, installations and multimedia, visual production and real-time animation. Students can explore collaborative projects with the interactive games division, production (live action) division, the Thornton School of Music, and the Kaufman School of Dance. This is a creative environment where you can hone your artistic skills and pursue your vision in this dynamic field.

Stories

Animation alum and Dreamworks Storyboard Artist Describes her Journey

Jiedi Chen
Alumni Profile

Finding a voice in Animation. Freshman who came to SCA with interest in Digital Arts finds himself drawn to another artform.

Ethan Lee
Student Story

Animator Yoo Lee Reflects on Project Involve

Yoo Lee
Alumni Profile

Student Stories

Mariel Jones

Mariel Jones
BA in Animation and Digital Arts '23

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Georgina Gonsalves

Georgina Gonsalves
Animation and Digital Arts MFA '22

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Chun Chun Chang

Chun Chun Chang
MFA Animation & Digital Arts '20

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Featured Student Work

Once Upon a Line
2d Character Animation

Santiago
Interactive VR Installation

Made for More
2D Character Animation, Motion Graphics

The Girl and the Serpent
3d + 2d Character Animation, Motion Graphics

Nice to Meteor You
Stop Motion Animation

1969
VR Music Video from the USC/Jaunt Cinematic VR Lab

Gohyang
Motion Graphics

Ain't Over
2D Animation Music Video

Soup
3D Character Animation

8 0'Clock Shadow
3D Character Animation

Vacancy
Stop Motion Animation

Visual Music Moments and Projection
Mapping at Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3

Degree Programs

UNDERGRADUATE
Bachelor of Fine Arts

The BFA program builds a solid foundation for filmmakers who choose animation as their medium.  Core classes introduce students to design fundamentals, industry standard digital tools, storyboarding and cinematic principles used in animation, character animation and performance.  All students complete a final film or project to launch their career beyond USC. 

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GRADUATE
Masters in Fine Arts

Our three-year graduate program attracts advanced students interested in furthering their animation knowledge and refining their production and motion design skills.  Students are encouraged to explore a diverse array of techniques and tools in preparation for their thesis film or project.  There are a multitude of opportunities to collaborate across SCA divisions and other schools across campus.  Our alumni’s work has garnered recognition at the Academy and has been celebrated at major international festivals.

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Minors

3-D Animation

The minor in 3-D animation in cinematic arts offers an introduction to basic animation principles and history, as well as creative and skill-based instruction in 3-D computer animation. Through elective choices students may focus their studies on their specific area of interest, including visual effects, motion capture, virtual reality, modeling or character animation.

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Animation + Digital Arts

The minor in animation is open to an USC student interested in learning about the theory and practice of animation, including its relationship to the history of art and cinema, creative writing and basic film production. It provides students with an opportunity to create both personal and collaborative work in a wide range of genres, from traditional character to contemporary experimental and computer animation. This includes painting, cel, stop motion, collage, mixed media, 2D and 3D computer animation software and interactive digital media. Successful completion of a final project is required.

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Science Visualization

Science visualization uses principles from animation to bring scientific data to life in revelatory ways. The minor in science visualization offers an introduction to science visualization methodology and practice focused in an area of relevant research. Students must undertake a capstone project the utilizes the skills and knowledge of the field, under the close supervision of faculty in both animation and science.

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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)
Phone: 213.740.3986
Email: dsigismondi@cinema.usc.edu

Elena Aquino - Administrative Coordinator
Phone: 213.821.4396
Fax: 213.740.5869
Email: eaquino@cinema.usc.edu