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Cultivate Your Creativity

At John Paul the Great Catholic University, we believe in the power of beauty to transform culture. We’re shaping the next generation of artists and innovators with academic excellence, unparalleled creativity, and an authentic community centered on Jesus Christ.

JPCatholic’s Animation program features industry professionals, hands-on projects, and rigorous preparation for your career in creative media. Our unique curriculum model combines a well-rounded overview of the entire Animation pipeline with the flexibility to specialize in your area of interest by taking a track of courses suited to your goals.

Choose from Animation electives within three different tracks: Story Art & Directing, 3d Modeling, and Animation. In addition to the hands-on coursework in digital media, you’ll also take our core curriculum which includes Theology, Philosophy, Humanities, and Business

Well-rounded, flexible curriculum

ANIMATION FOUNDATIONS

All Animation students receive a well-rounded foundation in 3D modeling, storytelling, drawing, and design. Beyond that, you have flexibility to pursue a wide variety of electives based on your career goals.

STORYTELLING & SCREENWRITING

Sharpen your storytelling ability under professional screenwriters - develop, outline, and write your scripts for television or movies.

ILLUSTRATION & STORYBOARDING

Develop your skills in both traditional and digital artwork, with classes like Observational Drawing, Life Drawing, Storyboarding, and more.

2D ANIMATION

Learn traditional 2D animation from a veteran of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes!

3D MODELING & TEXTURING

Explore an abundance of classes in 3D modeling, texturing, and lighting, creating environments, props, and characters for your world.

ANIMATION & MOTION CAPTURE

Bring your characters to life through coursework in rigging and animating, and use cutting edge technology with motion capture and virtual production.

MOTION GRAPHICS

Combine your love for graphic design and animation with training in motion graphics and design for the screen.

General Education

THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY

Grow in faith and understanding with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.

BUSINESS

Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.

HUMANITIES

Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more

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Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

In our Animation program, you’ll hone the critical skills you will need to flourish in your career. Our hands-on curriculum focuses on creativity and action, bringing your ideas to life with excellence in every aspect of the pipeline. You’ll start creating projects in your freshman year, giving you abundant opportunities to develop your craft.

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Hands-on, Project-based Curriculum

In our Animation program, you’ll hone the critical skills you will need to flourish in your career. Our hands-on curriculum focuses on creativity and action, bringing your ideas to life with excellence in every aspect of the pipeline. You’ll start creating projects in your freshman year, giving you abundant opportunities to develop your craft.

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Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft— that’s why we give you access to cutting-edge equipment and software starting your freshman year. You’ll have access to all the tools you need to make your vision a reality, including a Motion Capture suit, Wacom tablets, a Drawing Studio, and a professionally equipped Media Lab.

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Industry Standard Equipment

Our creative arts programs emphasize hands-on experience when it comes to learning your craft— that’s why we give you access to cutting-edge equipment and software starting your freshman year. You’ll have access to all the tools you need to make your vision a reality, including a Motion Capture suit, Wacom tablets, a Drawing Studio, and a professionally equipped Media Lab.

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Located in San Diego County

Our campus is centered in north county San Diego, just a 35-minute drive from downtown in America's Finest City. Southern California is famous for its fantastic weather, beautiful beaches and mountains, and bustling metropolitan areas. Our campus is just 15 miles from the beach, a short trip by car or train.

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Quarter in L.A.

As upperclassmen, media students have the opportunity to live in Burbank for a quarter, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 8 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Authentically Catholic Community

Our campus is a place where students can grow both professionally and spiritually. We’re a unique community of artists and innovators, centered around our faith in Jesus Christ and the beauty of the Catholic faith. Immerse yourself in an abundance of opportunities for spiritual growth, including Daily Mass, Confession, Adoration, Rosary, Retreats, and Service Projects.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who still work in their field.

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Our Small Campus Environment

With a total student body under 300, JPCatholic offers a warm, tight-knit campus community. Foster lifelong friendships, form creative partnerships, and surround yourself with a supportive environment that encourages your growth in both virtue and artistic excellence.

Our small classroom sizes offer the chance for one-on-one mentorship from industry professionals who still work in their field.

SEE STUDENT LIFE

Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Generous Scholarships Available

At JPCatholic, we’re committed to making a quality Catholic education affordable for every student. 99% of our students receive a scholarship, and packages take both need and merit into account. Our personalized financial counseling process assists you in identifying all awards you might be eligible for.

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Graduate in 3 Years

Our unique academic model prepares students for the real-world pace of professional life in the industry, with a focus on hands-on projects, internships, and portfolio preparation. The program is structured on a year-round quarter system, and you graduate with your Bachelors Degree in just 12 quarters. Each quarter is 10 weeks long, with about 3 weeks of break between each quarter.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Alumni Success

JPCatholic alumni have found success in a variety of paths, ranging from Hollywood to independent media organizations, and from large corporations to nonprofits to their own entrepreneurial start-ups. View our placement rate and alumni jobs by clicking below.

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Marie-Thérèse Hallagan: Creating in Community | Why We Create

Creating VFX for “Roy” That Serve the Story

Using MoCap to Composite a Robot | Compositing Class

Faculty Spotlight: Nate Sartain

Sam Wurth: The Vital Power of Creativity | Why We Create

Designing a Film with Emotional Impact | Guest Speaker Tim Reckart

Colin Brady: Working on Toy Story 2 | Crash Course in Storytelling

Meet the Faculty

JPCatholic’s professors have a wealth of experience, and many still actively work in the industry.

Max Hulburt

Max Hulburt

Professor of Animation & Chair of Animation and Gaming

Chris Riley

Chris Riley

Professor of Story


Jacqueline Gold

Jacqueline Gold

Adjunct Professor of Art


Eric Van Hamersveld

Eric Van Hamersveld

Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation


Nate Sartain

Nate Sartain

Adjunct Professor of Art & Design


George Castro

George Castro

Adjunct Professor of Animation


Colin Brady

Colin Brady

Visiting Professor of Animation


Nate Sjogren

Nate Sjogren

Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design


Student Showcase

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Hear from Students & Alumni

Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen

Class of 2021 | Associate Environment Artist at High Moon Studios

“I studied Environment Art for games and film at JPCatholic, and had the great opportunity to learn from professors with a wealth of experience in their field. Our professors gave us detailed, individual feedback and guidance, and were genuinely committed to helping us succeed. It was a great experience studying together with other students with similar interests, goals, and values, and working on projects together. The well rounded curriculum helped me obtain important skills and knowledge beyond my field of study, from business communications to logic and theology. I appreciate how JPCatholic provides a faith filled environment for students to grow in their spiritual life, including Daily Mass and incorporating the Catholic Faith into the core curriculum.”

Mia Schaller

Mia Schaller

Class of 2022

“One of my favorite things about JPCatholic is not only how I have grown in my major as an artist but also how I have grown as a person and in my faith. I came here from Pennsylvania not knowing anyone, and I found a community of passionate people in love with Jesus and with creating. We all became a family and grew with each other as we learned how to be adults. I’ve grown deeper in my spiritual life because it was here that I made my faith my own and not just something that I did because of my parents. I’ve learned how to think for myself and discover the truth. JPCatholic is a school with art and faith, two of the most important things in my life, and the school has helped me grow in both. It has helped me become who I want to be.”

Jocely Lopez

Jocely Lopez

Class of 2022

“I love the people I've met. There are so many creative and fun people here and I've made some really amazing friends and learned so much. Also San Diego has really won me over :)”

Tam Nguyen

Tam Nguyen

Class of 2021 | Associate Environment Artist at High Moon Studios

“I studied Environment Art for games and film at JPCatholic, and had the great opportunity to learn from professors with a wealth of experience in their field. Our professors gave us detailed, individual feedback and guidance, and were genuinely committed to helping us succeed. It was a great experience studying together with other students with similar interests, goals, and values, and working on projects together. The well rounded curriculum helped me obtain important skills and knowledge beyond my field of study, from business communications to logic and theology. I appreciate how JPCatholic provides a faith filled environment for students to grow in their spiritual life, including Daily Mass and incorporating the Catholic Faith into the core curriculum.”

Mia Schaller

Mia Schaller

Class of 2022

“One of my favorite things about JPCatholic is not only how I have grown in my major as an artist but also how I have grown as a person and in my faith. I came here from Pennsylvania not knowing anyone, and I found a community of passionate people in love with Jesus and with creating. We all became a family and grew with each other as we learned how to be adults. I’ve grown deeper in my spiritual life because it was here that I made my faith my own and not just something that I did because of my parents. I’ve learned how to think for myself and discover the truth. JPCatholic is a school with art and faith, two of the most important things in my life, and the school has helped me grow in both. It has helped me become who I want to be.”

Jocely Lopez

Jocely Lopez

Class of 2022

“I love the people I've met. There are so many creative and fun people here and I've made some really amazing friends and learned so much. Also San Diego has really won me over :)”