Korea National University of Arts offers a four-year BFA course and two-year MFA course in the Department of Animation. Students master the fundamentals of multimedia production through diversified practice sessions and are also immersed in film aesthetics through contemporary culture and communication theory. The curriculum centers on the four core courses of drawing, scriptwriting, sound, and computer graphics and enables students to expand on theory and practice in their primary field of study. Each course engages the students in intensive step-by-step training and benchmarking sessions to instill a sense of “real world” animation production.
Applicants are required to have drawing, narrative, and directing skills. The final student selection is based on performance tests (drawing, portfolio presentation and interviews). The program maintains the highly competition ratio of 35:1, and selected students have tremendous motivation and take pride in their work at the university. The student body’s level of talent and skills continues to increase each year.
Each student is required to complete four animated films during their studies. In the first year, students create a spot animation and test shot as part of their course work. From the second year, students create original animations to international standards, and some students are recognized at overseas festivals before graduation. Students present their “work in progress” four times each year in front the department’s entire faculty and student body. Students also collaborate with other departments at the university, including film and multimedia, dance, drama, music and visual arts.