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
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.
Sharpen your storytelling ability under professional screenwriters - develop, outline, and write your scripts for television or movies.
Develop your skills in both traditional and digital artwork, with classes like Observational Drawing, Life Drawing, Storyboarding, and more.
Learn traditional 2D animation from a veteran of Warner Bros. Looney Tunes!
Explore an abundance of classes in 3D modeling, texturing, and lighting, creating environments, props, and characters for your world.
Bring your characters to life through coursework in rigging and animating, and use cutting edge technology with motion capture and virtual production.
Combine your love for graphic design and animation with training in motion graphics and design for the screen.
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
Curriculum Overview | Animation Program
Prof. Eric Van Hamersveld | Faculty Spotlight
Faculty Mentorship | Animation Program
Portraying Anxiety Through Animation: Senior Project Spotlight
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
JPCatholic’s professors have a wealth of experience, and many still actively work in the industry.
Professor of Story
Adjunct Professor of Art
Eric Van Hamersveld
Adjunct Professor of 2D Animation
Professor of Animation & Chair of Animation and Gaming
Adjunct Professor of Art & Design
Adjunct Professor of Animation
Visiting Professor of 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, designing logos, building 3D models, compositing, animating and video editing."
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!”
Class of 2015