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Incoming Students

Welcome to the Woodbury Animation department. Whether you are a new first year or transfer student applicant, you likely will have many questions. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and meet with the Animation Chair to learn about the program, see the studio learning environment, and become familiar with the type of work expected of the program.

Placement Portfolio Requirements

Submission Requirements

Computer Requirements



Incoming freshman students are strongly encouraged to provide a portfolio. This will assist us in placing you in the correct courses. Ten to fifteen pieces of your best work are appropriate. For submission requirements, see below.

Transfer students must submit a digital portfolio of their work for studio placement. This work should include samples from art, design or media courses that you are transferring to Woodbury for credit in the major. A minimum of ten samples are required. Please edit your images to include your best work. A range of work is preferable and may include any of the following:

  • Figure drawing and sketching
  • Painting and illustration
  • Animation or other media clips
  • Photography
  • Sculpture or other three-dimensional work

A digital version of your portfolio is preferred.

Images and clips can be compiled in a blog on a site such as Blogger. Please dedicate a blog to your portfolio and do not post other personal material there. Keep the blog simple and turn off the comments option. Black or gray background is preferable. Email a link to the blog to dori.littell-herrick@woodbury.edu and to your Woodbury admissions counselor.

Images only can be emailed in PDFor JPG form. Please keep images small and limit each email to no more than 5MB of material.  Email the images to dori.littell-herrick@woodbury.edu and to your Woodbury admissions counselor. Animation clips and other media, including images, may be submitted on disc. Please include a written description of all items on the disc along with the submission information required below.

All submissions should include the following information:

  • Your name and contact information
  • A description of each piece submitted including whether the work is personal or was created as a course assignment.
  • The date the work was completed

You may also make an appointment to show original work. Please do not mail original work as Woodbury cannot be responsible for returning your work.

For further information or to set an appointment, contact the chair, Dori Littell-Herrick
at dori.littell-herrick@woodbury.edu

Computer Requirements
It is recommended that all incoming freshmen purchase a computer in their first year that is compatible with the existing technology in the campus labs. Juniors in the Animation program are required to purchase a laptop that is capable of running the required graphic software necessary to produce the junior and senior animation projects. Software may include current versions of:

  • Adobe CS Suite with Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro.
  • Adobe Flash
  • Autodesk Maya
  • QuickTime Pro
  • Microsoft Office

Please consult with Animation program faculty for additional software options based on your project’s needs. Free or discounted educational versions of software are sometimes available at considerable savings.

Recommended Mac: 15-inch MacBook Pro (Educational discounts are available through the Woodbury On-line Apple Store http://store.apple.com/us_edu_281940/recommended )

  • 2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i&
  • 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x2GB
  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
  • Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide
  • Accessory Kit
  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro recommended

Recommended PC: System of your choice with the following specs (for questions on PC requirements, please consult an IT lab supervisor in Miller)

  • Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.3GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Hard Drive: 250GB