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The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Art and Animation requires completion of at least 131 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. The program usually spans eight semesters of 15 weeks each, or a total of four academic years. See Degree Requirements for additional information.

This is a sample sequence of courses for a student in the 2018-2019 academic cohort. This sequence should not be used for advising purposes. Instead, contact your Student Success Advisor for a copy of this program’s Curriculum Flowchart.

Semester Course Core Credits
Semester 1 ANI 101
Animation Basics I
X 3
ART 101
The Language of Drawing I
X 3
ART 125
Tone, Color, and Composition I
X 3
ART 115
Art and Technology
X 3
ENG 116
Storytelling
X 3
Semester Total 15
Semester 2 ANI 151
Animation Basics II
X 3
ART 120
Language of Drawing II
X 3
ART 130
Tone, Color, and Composition II
X 3
ART 151
Life Drawing I
X 3
ART 150
Human Anatomy
X 3
PRJ 101
The Basics of Production
X 3
Semester Total 18
Semester 3 ART 201
Life Drawing II
X 3
CG 201
Introduction to 2D Computer Graphics
X 3
CG 225
Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics
X 3
FLM 115
History of Film and Animation
X 3
PRJ 201 or PRJ 202
2D Animation Production or Game Art Project I
X 4
Semester Total 16
Semester 4 COL 230
College Success for Artists
X 1
ART 251
Character Design
X 3
ART 300
Perspective, Backgrounds, and Layouts
X 3
ART 350
Storyboards
X 3
CG 275
Introduction to 3D Animation
X 3
PRJ 251 or PRJ 252
2D Animation Production or Game Art Project I
X 4
Semester Total 17
Semester 5 DAA Elective
300 level or higher: ART, ANI, FLM, or CG
X 3
FLM 201 or FLM 210
Cinematography or Cinematography for Visual Effects
X 3
ART 200
Animal Anatomy
X 3
CG 300
3D Environment and Level Design
X 3
PRJ 300
3D Production Pipeline
X 4
Semester Total 16
Semester 6 DAA Elective
300 level or higher: ART, ANI, FLM, or CG
X 3
DAA Elective
300 level or higher: ART, ANI, FLM, or CG
X 3
CS 115
Introduction to Scripting and Programming
3
COL 499
Career Search Preparation: Materials, Logistics, and Communication
X 1
COM 250
Professional Communication
3
PRJ 350 or PRJ 352
Cinematic Production or Game Art Project II
X 4
Semester Total 17
Semester 7 ART 401
Conceptual Illustration and Visual Development
X 3
ART 450
Portfolio
X 3
PHY Elective
Any 3 credit course with the PHY designation
3
ENG Elective
Any ENG elective 150 level or higher
X 3
PRJ 400 or PRJ 402
Cinematic Production or Game Art Project II
X 4
Semester Total 16
Semester 8 General Education Elective
Any ENG, LAW, HIS, SOS, PSY, or MAT elective
X 3
Open Elective
An elective of the student’s choice from any department at DigiPen
X 3
SOS 115
Media and Ethics: A Social Science Perspective
3
LAW 115
Introduction to Intellectual Property and Contracts
3
PRJ 450
Career Preparation
X 4
Semester Total 16
Degree Total (minimum credits required) 131