100% Online Program
Faculty at New York University
Experts from top animation studios
Leaders From Across the Industry



Explore all areas of the animation industry with this new 100% online program from faculty at New York University (NYU), featuring professional animations from studios like DreamWorks, Disney, Netflix, and Roblox.

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Learn from leading faculty and professional animators with on-demand video lessons, and develop real-world skills through self-paced projects and assignments to build your animation portfolio.


Gain practical understanding through real-world case studies and examples, and get first-hand tips and advice on the craft of animation from some of the flagship studios in the business.


Earn a Certificate of Completion in Animation Industry Essentials from the prestigious NYU, bolstering your profile and resume to help you distinguish yourself from the competition.


Unlock the secrets of the animation industry with this cutting-edge 100% online program from the esteemed faculty at New York University (NYU). With guidance from top professionals from across the field, this program is your all-access pass to exploring every corner of the animation industry.

Animation Industry Essentials includes five online course modules and related skill-building activities. Each module takes 3-5 hours to complete and is broken into several shorter lessons that students can work on at their own pace. Students earn a non-credit certificate of completion from NYU.

Humans have been making artistic marks for thousands of years, but in the 19th Century, we figured out how to make them move. Trace animation’s evolution into a full-fledged industry over 100 years, while studying the core principles of animation that still govern the art to this day, even in the most technologically advanced sectors.

Once dominated by the American mega-studios, the animation industry is now fully international, and driven by software and technologies that artists must know to stay competitive. See how the modern business operates across film, television, and video games, and what skills will be needed tomorrow.

Classical 2D animation may no longer dominate the industry, but it’s still a field of great innovation and artistry. See how professional animators in digital, stop motion, pen and ink, and experimental 2D animation continue to advance their field, and what it takes to carve out a career in the area where animation began.

Computer-assisted animation has existed since the 1950s, but its explosion over the past two decades has remade how popular entertainment is created. Dive into cutting edge 3D animation software like Maya and Blender, while following the production pipeline for most of today’s animated films, shows, and games.

Technology is driving the animation industry into uncharted waters. Globalization is moving many studios overseas while producers are constantly experimenting on how to deliver more content cheaply. Stay up on the biggest drivers in the animation industry while developing your own brand and career profile.

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