Animation Concentration

George Fox cinema and media communication majors with Animation Concentration study at one of the top Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

Animation is everywhere. Industries that utilize animation range from film and TV to marketing, advertising, gaming, motion graphics, scientific visualization, and so much more. Students in George Fox's animation concentration within the cinematic arts major use industry-standard software to bring their animated stories to life.

Get Practical, Hands-on Experience

In addition to our theory and production core, our students take several animation classes ranging from pre-production to post-production. These courses include storyboarding and concept design, 2D computer animation, 3D computer animation 1 and 2, motion graphics and visual effects, and more. Students will also get a chance to create their own short animated films in our advanced production workshops.

We take a hands-on approach, allowing you to create animation right away, and you have 24/7 access to our state-of-the-art labs.

Access to Industry-Standard Software

Using industry-standard software such as Autodesk Maya, Toon Boom, the Adobe Creative Suite and Dragonframe, we teach you the tools to bring your stories to life in a variety of animated mediums, from 3D and 2D computer animation to traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion techniques. 

Among the resources we offer is the new Wacom Cintiq Pro, a pen-on-screen device that gives professional-quality precision for digital creation, from drawing to 3D sculpting. We also feature a brand new traditional animation studio fit with animation light tables, down shooters and professional stop-motion armatures.

Lucy and the Fly, Best of Festival Award (stop motion animation) at the BEA Festival of Media Arts. Director: Emily Hamilton, class of 2017.

Work with Experienced Faculty 

Our experienced faculty are award-winning independent filmmakers who have worked in the industry for companies including Laika Studios, House Special, Bent Image Lab, Fisher-Price, the Buffalo Bills and American Greetings.

Our faculty has helped students win national awards, including a BEA Best of Festival honor in 2017. Graduates of our program have gone on to work at Laika Studios, NBC Sports, Refuge VFX, Guidespark and SOMA Games and have interned at companies that include Supergenius Studio and Dreamworks.

Positive Job Outlook

The employment trend for animation and multimedia artists in Oregon, Washington and California is expected to grow over 25 percent over the next 10 years. That is over 15 percent more nationwide for selected occupations and 10 percent more than the total labor market. California is the top state by far with 7,425 job postings – more than double the next state (New York). The state of Washington is ranked fifth.  

George Fox is uniquely positioned, in that there are only a handful of other Council for Christian Colleges & Universities schools that offer an animation degree/concentration. George Fox is the only CCCU school with this type of degree in the states of Oregon and Washington.

The most common career paths for the animation concentration include ...

  • Animation director or supervisor
  • Animator (2D/3D computer animation and stop motion animation)
  • CG Artist/Generalist
  • 3D modeler
  • Compositor
  • Roto artist
  • Matte painter
  • Layout artist
  • Production assistant
  • Render wrangler
  • Storyboard artist
  • Concept artist/illustrator
  • Visual development artist

Request more information about the animation concentration at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Internships

Cinema and Media Communication majors at George Fox study at one of the West Coast's top Christian colleges

Graduates face diverse career pathways. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of film and video editors is projected to grow 17 percent from 2016 to 2026.

  • Video Producer, Luis Palau Association
  • Producer, Blazers Broadcasting
  • Morning Edition Producer, KTUU-TV Channel2
  • Production Assistant, Grimm, NBC 
  • Audiovisual Technician, Nike
  • Production Assistant, Oregon Public Broadcasting
  • Post Production Supervisor, CBS
  • Video Editor/Videographer, Joni and Friends
  • Senior Business Affairs Manager, Talent Direct
  • Film & Special Projects Manager, Visit Anchorage
  • Production Artist, GoPro
  • Lead Video Editor, Encoder, Echelon Studios
  • Portlandia – IFC, Portland, Oregon
  • R2C Group, Portland, Oregon
  • Supergenius Studio, Oregon City, Oregon
  • @Large Films, Portland, Oregon
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles, California
  • Riveting Entertainment, Los Angeles, California
  • Funnelbox, Oregon City, Oregon
  • Black Lake Bible Camp, Olympia, Washington
  • Sovrn, Boise, Idaho
  • Transitions Global, Castle Rock, Colorado
  • Act One, Hollywood, California

Student Experiences

Gaby Sipe

"My time as a cinematic arts major at George Fox was a truly enriching experience. My professors were extremely knowledgeable, encouraging, and made me feel prepared to work in the industry. The program is full of passion that intertwines with a desire to bring honor to God through our creation of art. We were encouraged to use the creativity that we were blessed with and share it with those around us."

- Gaby Sipe
Class of 2019

Emily Hamilton

"There are a range of incredible opportunities to take advantage of as a cinematic arts major, whether it be traveling to freezing Park City for Sundance, or taking part in the Fox Film Festival and seeing your work on the big screen. My favorite memories come from working with incredible friends on projects we truly believed in. I graduated from George Fox with a wider view of the world, prepared to pursue a career that I love."

- Emily Hamilton

Points of Distinction

  • Outstanding faculty with a Christian worldview
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Small class sizes
  • Application learning environment beginning freshman year
  • Access to professional industry-standard equipment
  • Immersion in a highly team-oriented learning environment

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.