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Credit Hours

Cost Per Credit Hour

9 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi or Dubai



In Animation, students develop concepts and technical skills in three-dimensional computer modeling and animation, digital video, and web design using industry-standard software. Students explore all types of virtual visualizations including text animation and motion graphics, character animation, story telling, and architectural modelling, rendering, and animation.

Program level: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation Design

Chair: Franchesca Bacci


CACE programs have local accreditation with the CAA.

Via the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the leading accrediting body for Art and Design schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises achieved substantial equivalency accreditation in May 2015. The Bachelor of Science in Multimedia Design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts have all been accredited. As part of this accreditation, curriculum modifications were implemented, facilities were upgraded that included a ventilation system, specialized equipment acquired, and a major program of learner assessment was launched.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Theory and History of Animation: Identify and classify animation styles and production processes from the evolved history of animation practice and utilize these in contemporary contexts.
    (QFE/Level 7: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  • Professional Art & Design Practice: Communicate an idea or express a narrative or concept to a range of audiences while following time-management, and appropriate communication skills. Apply a range of art and design skills in animation, as well as in the professional practices of the animation field.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  • Critical Thinking: Develop an animation project and defend creative visual outcomes to an informed audience. Participate in critical discussion of the arts and the relationship to the creative process with a focus on animation.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  • Visual Literacy: Analyze complex visual and spatial problems to develop innovative animation and design solutions.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  • Information Technology: Use and combine multiple traditional and emerging hardware and software technologies in the execution of animation projects.
    (Level 7 of QFE: Knowledge, Skill, Autonomy and responsibility, Role in context, Self-development)
  • Teamwork and Leadership: Provide creative and constructive input to pursue a shared goal and collaborate effectively in animation production projects. Lead or cooperate among group members while assuming responsibility for self and group outcomes.

Initially, the major in Art and Design requires a solid grounding in the foundations of the creative disciplines. As part of the core curriculum program, students are encouraged to take courses which will establish their interest in and dedication to the pursuit of the major before they apply to enter the major.
All majors in Art and Design complete courses that provide the foundation for all specializations. From these foundation courses, students branch into the specialization of their choice. Students from all specializations intermingle in courses, providing a rich learning environment as their projects are developed, critiqued, and exhibited.
In addition to academic and studio work, art students participate in field trips to museums, galleries, and archeological and architectural sites and become involved in various University events and other activities which demonstrate their versatility and competence.

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Program Delivery

Program Duration

The program is delivered in English over 8 semesters at Zayed University located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

Course Delivery Format

Courses are delivered in 8-week terms. Classes are generally scheduled on sunday, monday, wednesday, thursday from: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Faculty serving the program:

Malak Quota, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A), University of Southern California.

Peter Chanthanakone, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A), Academy of Art University

Omair Faizullah, MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University

Other courses in the graduate program are taught by select professors from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.

Knowledge gained during classes is further enhanced by sharing real-world experience with other students, guest lecturers, top professionals and leaders in the field of Arts industry.

Program Cost

General Education 39 Credit Hours
Required Program Courses 63 Credit Hours
Electives 18 Credit Hours

Total 120 Credit Hours

Abu Dhabi Campus:
College of Arts and Creative Enterprises
Zayed University, P.O. Box 144534
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Tel: +971-2-599 3111
Fax: +971-2-443 4847

Dubai Campus:
College of Arts and Creative Enterprises
Zayed University, P.O. Box 19282
Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Tel: +971-4-402 1111 #1354
Fax: +971-4-402 1008
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