Computer Animation


Create the illusion of life.
BFA Program

Ringling College Computer Animation students do it all. In our world renowned animation program, you will learn to create characters and tell their stories, as well as design, paint, model, texture, animate, light, composite, and edit original films. 

Animation doesn’t mean moving objects. It means moving an audience. That’s why the Computer Animation major focuses on teaching you how to combine essential technical skills with conceptually original ideas that affect an audience emotionally, visually, and intellectually. That mix of talents is why animation studios from all over the world look to Ringling College for the best and the brightest, and why so many of our graduates go on to become tomorrow’s top animated filmmakers. 

Please note: The deadline to apply for admission to the Department of Computer Animation is January 15 for the fall semester. There is also a non-binding Early Action deadline of November 1 for the Computer Animation major only.

Computer Animation Program in Top National Rankings



Awards & Accolades 




Student Work










See more student work on our official Vimeo page



Where are they now?

Our alumni have worked on many of the biggest shows and movies released in the last two decades.



​Mike Bidinger 14
Pixar | Fix/Crowds Animator  

Andrea Caprotti ’14
Rooster Teeth | Lead Animator  

Sharon Huang ’14
Halon Entertainment | Pre-Visualization Artist  

Diana Kresge ’14
Epipheo | Design Lead  

Michelle Kwon ’14  
JibJab | CG Generalist  

Justin Tirado ’14 
Luma Pictures | Animator  

Micheal Yates ’14
Pixar | Story Artist   

Maria Yi ’14
Paramount Animation | Character Designer  

Taylor Clutter 13  
JibJab | CG Animator

Christine Kim ’13
The Mill | CG Artist  

Kendra Phillips ’13
Moonbot Studios | CG Generalist  

Ricky Renna ’13 
Blue Sky Studios | Animator  

Joon Shik Song ’13
Blizzard Entertainment | Cinematics Animator  

Joon Soo Song ’13
Blizzard Entertainment | Cinematics Animator 

Elaine Wu ’13
Nickelodeon | Background Painter  

Alberto Beguerie ’12
Reel FX | Lighter/Compositor  

Adam Campbell ’12 
Pixar | Story Artist 

Josh Carroll ’12 
Brazen Animation | Modeler  

Scott McWhinnie ’12 
Blue Sky Studios | Animator  

Phillip Simon ’12 
​WB Games | Character Artist  

Meghan Stockham ’12 
GameSim | Animator  

Matt Sullivan ’12
Halon Entertainment | Lighting Artist/PreVis Artist  



See more career opportunities on our career support page.


Turning Passion Into Profession


Opportunities for Computer Animation students


The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.

Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 

Critiques with Industry Giants
To further inform the work of our fourth year students, we bring in renowned, successful visiting artists to participate in milestone critiques. Coming from the top studios, brands, and businesses in the industry, our artists offer a relevant, real-world perspective to bring student thinking out of the classroom into the professional arena. This process provides our students with invaluable feedback from the best of the best in the field, which they can immediately apply to their current works in process. 



Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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