UNCG Magazine

Animation concentration, new for Fall 2022

This fall, for the first time, UNCG students will be able to choose animation as a concentration within the BFA in Studio Art.

By the end of the Fall 2022 semester, the program is expected to have admitted a full first cohort of 20 students. Assistant Professor of Animation Dan Hale ’01 predicts that the demand will grow. “There is profound interest among young people in animation,” says Hale. “Ask anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 and they will readily identify their favorite animated series and tell you why. So what is it about animation that they connect with? I think it’s this idea
that you can tell any story through animation. And, the career paths are more than just cartoons. There is animation in documentaries, training videos, tutorials, and then there’s the gaming industry, which is taking off.”

And it’s essential for an outstanding modern school of art, Professor of Art History Heather Holian explains. “Animation brings together every one of the traditional art forms that we are familiar with and then takes it beyond that. It also allows artists to bring in their own voices in very profound ways and allows for collaboration, which is so important for our artists, especially our young artists.”

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