本专业实行严格教学管理， 深入推进教学改革， 形成了专业建设的鲜明特色：
(1)强调具有深厚的戏剧性的动画故事内核。在动画专业课程建设中，注意发挥戏剧与影视学“学科优势，引导学生将戏剧戏曲故事 “化” 为作品的基础元素。
(2)以原创与实践相结合理念为指导。 突出动画设计课程的原创性和实践性， 要求学生具有编剧、导演、分镜等设计制作能力， 加强动画编导、 原画设计等能力培养。专业人才培养特色可概括为 “教授动画编导的知识、 学会动画设计的方法、掌握动画制作的工具、培养动画创新的精神。”本专业拥有—批产学研—体化的试验基地，包括： “数字演艺集成创新文化部重点实验室” “上海市多媒体演艺虚拟空间合成重点实验室” “新媒体交互演艺中心” “情境体验艺术中心”等，并成立“上海戏剧学院动画艺术中心”。与国际艺术院校和科研机构接轨，加强国际艺术交流，积极组织学生参加国际工作坊和国际专业学术交流。引进国际顶级行业专家为学生开设讲座、进行教学指导，着力培养具有国际视野的动画艺术专业入才。
The Animation undergraduate major can be traced back to 2004. It has successively been known as Digital Animation , Animation and Comics major. In 2016, the Animation program was approved by the Ministry of Education and formally became a new program under College of Creative Studies.
Animation is an art medium with a high degree of integration of culture and technology, content and skills. The program focuses on the art of narrative, and absorbs advantages from traditional theatre and film, combined with the unique language of animation. The main courses cover the various subdivisions of animation production and different animation techniques, including Experimental Animation Methods,Concept Design, Storyboard Design, Character Animation, Stop-motion, 3D Animation, Effects and Compositing, Animation Short Film Production, Sound Design, etc. The program encourages students to find the developmental direction that suits them best in the process of study. The ability to create original works is the final goal in training the students.
We advocate that students complete their homework as individual art works, and provide spaces for exhibitions every semester. The graduation exhibition is the most important show that experts from companies and other universities are invited to visit.
As a new program, Animation is provided with a lot of resources and technology to build practice and research space, such as Animation Art Centre, Motion Capture Lab, 3D Printing Lab, 2D Animation Studio , Stop-motion studio, VR Experiment Space, etc. We also collaborate with the Digital Art program and contribute to New Media Interactive Performing Art Center, Situational Experience Art Center, Laboratory of Multi media and Virt ual Environment of Shanghai.Most of the Animation faculty have backgrounds of studying abroad. We are commited to building an international academic atmosphere. Each year, there are artists invited from all around the world to give lectures and workshops.
Regarding the future development of the program, we will always focus on creating innovative content, providing more opportunities for practice, and combining new technologies to cultivate talents suitable for film, game, theatre and otherdesign fields.