New Name, Broader Reach: Animation Is Now Animation + VFX

After years of hard work evolving our curriculum to better meet the needs of students, graduates, and a changing job market, Woodbury University’s Animation program will now be known as Animation + VFX!

This broader and more inclusive name represents a better fit for this dynamic STEM-certified program, which helps students develop their creative voices and prepare for a successful career in both professional animation and visual effects (VFX) production.


“I’m really excited about our new name and all that it means for our program,” says Judy Kriger, chair of the Animation + VFX program. “It is a more accurate reflection of who our industry is and who we are as faculty and students. Our advisory board of professional animators, VFX artists, studio recruiters, and educators from other LA-based universities have been instrumental in helping us establish our updated curriculum.”

The global VFX market is expected to grow by more than $5.5 billion between 2021-2025.


Visual effects are used extensively throughout the film and TV industry across a wide variety of genres, and our new visual effects production courses provide a comprehensive approach to conceiving and designing spectacular visuals to support storytelling, adding to an already well-rounded curriculum that includes 2D Animation, 3D Animation, and Stop Motion.

However, our curriculum is not the only reason why Woodbury’s has been regularly ranked among the top animation schools in Animation Career Review’s list of Top 50 Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

Our small class sizes — with an average student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1 — allow students to build close mentorship and networking relationships with our esteemed faculty, who are current industry professionals. These accomplished faculty play a key role in connecting students with internships that get them direct experience in the animation and VFX industry before they graduate (a requirement at Woodbury). These internships are incredibly easily accessible, thanks to Woodbury’s location in Burbank, CA, within 20 minutes of more than 15 high-profile animation and VFX studios.

Zare Oganesyan, Woodbury Alumnus working at DreamWorks

Students go on to enjoy career opportunities in feature film, TV, commercials, ride films, games, websites, wearable tech, medical and architectural visualization — and, with streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime constantly looking for new content, there are more opportunities than ever before!

At Woodbury, we understand the value of producing degree programs that prepare students for the real working world. There’s simply no better place to launch your career in Animation + VFX. Learn more on our program page.

Ready to apply now? Visit our undergraduate application page!



Last Updated on August 26, 2022. 

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