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 Art, and Animation. In addition to the the hands-on coursework in Animation, you’ll also take our core curriculum which includes Theology, Philosophy, Humanities, and Business.
STORY ART & DIRECTING
Focus your Animation electives on Drawing, Screenwriting, Story Development, Storyboarding, and Directing.
Focus your Animation electives on Observational Drawing, Life Drawing, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, Character Modeling, and Environment Design.
Focus your Animation electives on Life Drawing, Storyboarding, Character Rigging, 2D Animation, and 3D Animation.
THEOLOGY & PHILOSOPHY
Grow in faith and understanding, with a rich sequence of coursework in Scripture, Theology, and Philosophy.
Prepare yourself for the industry with foundational skills in marketing, management, and entrepreneurial thinking.
Study the human condition by actively engaging in an exploration of art, literature, culture, politics, economics, and more.
what makes us different?
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.
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 have worked at Pixar, Warner Bros., Disney, and Hanna-Barbera Studios.
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.
located in san diego county
John Paul the Great Catholic University 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. And with Los Angeles and Hollywood within striking distance, students have even more opportunities for internships and networking.
quarter in LA
Summer of senior year, media students have the opportunity to study at a satellite campus in Burbank, located right up the street from the Warner Bros. studio lot. These 10 weeks open up a host of new opportunities for internships, networking, and experiencing life in the entertainment capital of the world.
meet the faculty
Professor of Story
Professor of Art
Professor of Art and Design
Professor of Animation
Professor of Animation
ERIC VAN HAMERSVELD
Professor of Animation
Professor of 2D Animation
“I have the privilege of being a part of the design team at Drive Studio - I am involved with the entire spectrum of the creative process, including creating concepts, building 3D models, compositing, animating and video editing.”
Nate Sjogren, Class of 2011
Broadcast Designer at Drive Studios
“Even by sophomore year, my knowledge and production has far surpassed where I thought I would have been at this point in my academic career. The professors are wonderful!”
Stephanie Franco, Class of 2015
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