The Character Animation specialization is a portfolio-restrictive track; students’ artistic and academic ability, attitude and applied knowledge will be evaluated before entering this program. Accepted students are required to follow the two-year cohort program as outlined in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog. Students must complete their general education and program-specific prerequisite coursework prior to starting the program.

  • ARH 2050 History of Western Art I
  • ARH 2051 History of Western Art II
  • ART 2201C Design Fundamentals 2D
  • ART 2203C Design Fundamentals 3D
  • ART 2300C Drawing Fundamentals I
  • ART 2301C Drawing Fundamentals II
  • CGS 2100C Computer Fundamentals for Business
  • DIG 2000 Introduction to Digital Media
  • DIG 2030 Digital Video Fundamentals
  • DIG 2109 Digital Imaging Fundamentals
  • DIG 2500 Fundamentals of Interactive Design
  • GRA 2101C Introduction to Computer Art
  • MAC 1105C College Algebra

Portfolio Application Submission Dates

February 3–14, 2020
Applicants will be notified by March 16, 2020

Applications are $30. Credit card is required for payment (or debit card that can be charged as a credit card).

Portfolio application and images must be submitted online. All application materials and portfolios must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the deadline.

Applications are $30. Credit card is required for payment (or debit card that can be charged as a credit card).

You should have required work ready before you click “Apply Online.”

1. Cover Letter

Your cover letter should be professionally formatted and express why you are interested in the Character Animation Specialization.

2. Essay

Please answer the following four essays in 3-5 sentences each:

  • Given your past interactions at work, school or on a team, briefly describe a specific conflict with another person and how you came to a resolution
  • As stated on the application, this is a very intense program. Describe a stressful situation you have experienced and what methods you have used to handle your stress.
  • You present to your team a piece of artwork that you worked on all night as part of your group’s presentation. During the team meeting, one of your team members says your artwork goes in the wrong direction and doesn’t match the team style. The team votes to not include your work as part of the presentation. How do you deal with this?
  • How do you think this program will help you meet your career goals?

3. Creative Story

You are to write short story (300 words or less) containing no more than two characters (one character must be an anthromorphic object) and only one environment.

In addition to the story, submit a one sentence logline. A logline is a one sentence summary or description of a story. Loglines distill the important elements of your story—main character, set-up, and central conflict—into a clear, concise teaser. The goal is to write such an enticing logline that it hooks the listener into requesting to read the entire story.

We will be looking at your story structure, creativity, and ability to follow directions. The story must have a beginning, middle, and an end. Keep it simple, visual, and fun. Remember, you only have 300 words

  • A character or characters
  • in a situation
  • with a problem or a goal
  • makes two to three attempts to solve the problem or achieve the goal but
  • does not succeed and usually makes the problem worse.
  • A final attempt occurs at the climax of the story, and the main character or characters either succeed by
    either achieving the goal / solving the problem OR absolutely fails. (Victory or Death)
  • The denouement. (Affirmation) The result of the final attempt is confirmed as final.

4. 2D Design, 3D Design, Sculpture, or Building Arts (5 pieces)

This category includes any artwork that is not time-based or observational drawing. An excellent portfolio example shows that the artist is able to use design principles and elements in successfully composed, finished pieces of art. In addition, the pieces should show a strong grasp of color and craftsmanship.

Image files must be 1500 x 1500 pixel resolution minimum. Image files cannot be larger than 3000 x 3000 pixel resolution. All images should be saved at maximum quality as .jpg(s).

Files must use an appropriate naming convention such as:

  • Lastname_FirstName_01.jpg
  • Lastname_FirstName_02.jpg

…and so on. Category is not necessary since it should be in the description of the piece

Please include the following information for each image as the description:

1) title,
2) year made,
3) if for a class/what class,
4) if collaborative – what your part was (what did you do?),
5) media used if applicable,
6) software used if applicable

5. Observational Drawing (4 pieces)

Observational drawing is drawing something by looking at it, not drawing from a photo, and can be anything as long as the drawing is from observation of the real-life subject. An excellent portfolio example shows that the artist is able to recognize lines, curves, edges, perspective, proportion, hues, values and is able to translate them to paper. Observational drawings should showcase line quality, light and shadow, and composition. In addition, the drawings should show a strong grasp of craftsmanship.

Image files must be 1500 x 1500 pixel resolution minimum. Image files cannot be larger than 3000 x 3000 pixel resolution. Any combination of width X height resolution that meets the minimum X maximum is acceptable All images should be saved as maximum quality .jpg(s).

Files must use an appropriate naming convention such as:

  • Lastname_FirstName_01.jpg
  • Lastname_FirstName_02.jpg

…and so on. Category is not necessary since it should be in the description of the piece

Please include the following information for each image as the description:

1) title,
2) year made,
3) if for a class/what class,
4) if collaborative – what your part was (what did you do?),
5) traditional media

6. Time-based Media (1 piece)

The time-based Media submission can be visual (for example, a video project or an animation) or audio (for example, a song you composed) or a combination of both audio and visual. This piece can also be an edited reel.

A video must be submitted via getacceptd.com..

Video or sound projects must be a total of 1 minute or less in total running time (if a video, time limit includes the credits).

Files must use an appropriate naming convention such as Lastname_FirstName_01.mov. Category is not necessary since it should be in the description of the piece

Please include the following information for the media as the description:

1) title,
2) year made,
3) if for a class/what class,
4) if collaborative – what your part was (what did you do?),
5) media used if applicable,
6) software used if applicable

Any copyrighted images or music should be properly cited on the enclosed description.

7. Recommendation from a current or former employer OR college or university faculty member.

The application will ask for an email address for your recommender. The recommender will receive email notification from getacceptd.com to fill out a recommendation form.

This specialization is for students specifically interested in a fast-paced and competitive career in Computer Animation. Specifically, they must be willing to work as a member of a team in an intense production oriented environment and be able to communicate their ideas and thoughts clearly. They must be problem solvers who are self-motivated and love to learn.

30% Writing Skills: Writing skills are exceptionally important to the success of this program. Students will be evaluated on their ability to write both creatively and professionally from three aspects of the application:

  • Cover letter expressing why you are interested in the Character Animation Specialization.
  • Written answers to the essay questions on the application.
  • Creative story that must be written to specifications as stated on the application.

30% Academics: A review of each applicant’s transcript or audit will be done as an indicator of potential to succeed in the intense course of study found in the upper division of the Character Animation specialization. The following four criteria must be met:

  • A 3.0 GPA in the major is required for acceptance.
  • Students must have completed or be enrolled in all prerequisites at the time of application. (Please save any electives for your senior year courses. Foreign language requirements do not need to be completed prior to
    enrollment in Character Animation)

    • An audit review will determine whether or not the student will have met the required prerequisite courses.
    • Acceptance is conditional until all criteria are met.
    • It is highly recommended that applicants contact SVAD advising prior to application to ensure that all course requirements have been met.
  • Applicants will also be evaluated in terms of how well the directions are followed in their application.
  • In addition, one recommendation is required from a current or former employer or college or university faculty member. Recommendation will be filled out online via getacceptd.com

40% Character Animation Portfolio Review: Student portfolios are submitted and evaluated as part of the review to enter the Character Animation specialization in Art BFA-Emerging Media. The review committee looks for professionalism, artistic skills, creativity, and presentation. We are especially interested in seeing life drawings, perspective drawings of environments, and observational drawings. A strong portfolio includes foundation and graphic skills, effective use of 2-D& 3-D form and composition, and additive and subtractive color theory. In addition, portfolios should demonstrate an aesthetic awareness and effective use of medium and tools.

Original artwork will not be accepted. Applicants should scan or digitally photograph their work with a minimum width screen resolution of 1000ppi and maximum width screen resolution of 2000ppi (height should remain proportional to width.) Video submissions should be playable on QuickTime Player. The following four categories of artistic examples should be represented in a portfolio featuring the best 10 pieces of your work:

  • 2D Design, 3D Design, Sculpture, or Building Arts (5 pieces): Traditional or digital visual art or design pieces may be executed in any medium, in black and white or color, and may include, but are not limited to the following media: non-observational drawing, illustration, painting, graphic design, printmaking, collage, or photography, ceramics, sculpture, furniture, jewelry, fashion, fiber art, CG modeling, or CAD drawings. Portfolio pieces should represent classroom assignments as well as independent projects and should be completed, not works-in-progress or sketches.
  • Observational Drawing (4 pieces): Traditional. Portfolios should include drawings from life: figure drawings, gesture drawings, still life, landscapes, as well as interior and exterior drawings of buildings. Portfolios should exhibit ability to draw, and attention to detail. Drawings from observation of real life and not from photographs are required.
  • Time-based Media (1 piece): A strong time-based portfolio piece includes an awareness of composition, effective storytelling and technical skills. Attention to camera angles, sound, or editing is favorably considered. This piece can be visual, audio, or both. Length should be less than 1 minute.

Any copyrighted images or music should be properly cited on the enclosed description.

Applicants will be notified via email of acceptance or non-acceptance on March 16, 2020. Students who are accepted to the Character Animation track will begin taking program-specific courses in Fall 2020.

Please do not contact SVAD Advising or the committee for your results on or prior to these dates.


Applications are $30. Credit card is required for payment (or debit card that can be charged as a credit card).


Contact

Cheryl Briggs
Cheryl.Briggs@ucf.edu
407-235-3611
OTC-500 Room 189