Animation / Illustration (Professional Degree)

About SJSU Animation/Illustration

The Animation/Illustration Program at San José State University was originally created to give local students a chance to compete for careers in the screen arts; it now attracts students nationally and internationally. Positioned at the center of Silicon Valley, the program has developed tight bonds with industry partners over the last 25 years. Guest speakers from big name corporations like Bento Box, Blizzard, Blue Sky Studios, Cartoon Network, Disney, DreamWorks, Hallmark, Industrial Light & Magic, Nickelodeon, Pixar, SONY Pictures Animation, Warner Bros. Animation and many more are often invited to speak on campus in order to provide students with the latest trends and shifting demands of the industry. The strong sense of community within the program is a product of the dedication our faculty reserves for students. As a result, recruiters have continually sought out our graduates for job opportunities and long term positions. Incoming students can get a feel for this welcoming atmosphere during one of the tours of our facilities that the program provides. 

The program’s accomplished faculty prepares students for life after graduation by holding them to professional standards. From working on projects they might encounter in the professional world to improving their specific personal artistic interests, students are often emboldened by the idea that there is great power in what they can create through the skills they’ve obtained from the program. Our graduates complete the program with a sense of pride in their work and reinforced awareness of globalization that allows them to help connect people from all over the world. Together, our community of faculty, students, and alumni work as a team to build a welcoming and inclusive learning environment.

We highly encourage anyone interested in our program to join us for one of our monthly tours.

Explore the work of our graduating Spring 2021 Animation / Illustration Seniors here: .

Drawing of a Wooden ConstructDrawing of a Fish Shack on the Beach

Drawing of Black-Haired GirlIllustration of Man with Index Finger Raised

Goldfish Merry-go-RoundIllustration of Woman Crossing the Sidewalk