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

As an international and multi-cultural program, the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts has incorporated into its curriculum a theoretical and critical approach to the development and research of digital art forms as well as a historical understanding of how traditional media, drawing, painting, sculpture, video and installation art have transposed or been incorporated into animation or art in motion.

We have constantly strived to merge new technologies with traditional practice and to encourage the study of the human form, organic media, and gesture as a way to explore complex ideas and emotions across a temporal medium. We truly believe the art form of animation developed as a way to reflect our own physical and mental evolutionary process.

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