Master of Fine Arts MFA in Animation


Program Description

This two-year program in Animation offers a curriculum that emphasizes digital technology skill sets required to express creative ideas. The program explores digital animation as a form of visual expression and it is designed as a practiced-based and process-oriented program to prepare students to work as independent artists or for a commercial studio. Professional skills and an understanding of the industry in Europe and the United States is an integral part of the program. Students can also elect to take classes to prepare them to become teaching professionals. The program offers a unique blend of studio practice, and theoretical and art historical training in the European and French contexts.

Why study animation in Paris?

Historically, animation was born in France with Emile Reynaud doing his first screenings at the Musée Grevin a few years before the invention of cinema. With Emile Cohl, another pioneer in animation, it became an art form known as Fantasmagories, leading the way for European and French animators to create in their own distinctive style, which is very different from the dominant animation productions in the United States and Japan, the other two countries with a rich and vibrant animation industry. Students who pursue the program at Paris College of Art will benefit from the rich animation offerings in France, including the annual International Animated Film festival in Annecy, and have opportunities for connection-building thanks to PCA’s ties to the industry. The 2-year MFA in Animation draws from the expertise of international faculty members in the fields of animation creation, production and distribution, and the Paris College of Art network of animation production companies. French companies Les Armateurs, with 5 Oscar nominations for animations such as Les Triplettes de Belleville, and Folimage are part of the Hildegarde group, chaired by the President of Paris College of Art, and will provide internship possibilities and first-hand exposure to the industry.

Who is this program for?

Students with an undergraduate background in animation, computer graphics, drawing or film/video and demonstrated technical skills (drawing, digital tools such as Photoshop and Adobe After-Effects) will be considered for admission. The program combines technical knowledge and principles of animation and theory. Studio classes and workshops conducted by professionals emphasize the mastery of contemporary techniques and professional practices, while theory-based and methodology courses help students develop their personal creative visions. Thanks to internships and ongoing partnerships between PCA and relevant French institutions, students will be well prepared to enter the job market and will have started to create a professional network by the time they graduate.

MFA Curriculum

Year One - Fall

  • Animation Fundamentals
  • Drawing for Animation
  • Digital Lab I: 3D Modeling
  • Introduction to Research & Methodology
  • Contemporary Issues and History of AnimationSpring

Year One - Spring

  • 3D Character Animation
  • Storytelling and Storyboarding
  • Digital Lab II: Lighting and Texture
  • Intermediate Research & Methodology
  • Elective

Year Two - Fall

  • Digital Lab III: Sound for Animation
  • Degree Project I: Preproduction
  • Advanced Research & Methodology
  • ElectiveSpring

Year Two - Spring

  • Digital Lab IV: Special Effects
  • Degree Project II: Production and Postproduction
  • MFA Thesis
  • Elective
Last updated Aug 2019

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