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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.

SemesterCourseCoreCredits
Semester 1ANI 101
Animation Basics I
X3
ART 101
The Language of Drawing I
X3
ART 125
Tone, Color, and Composition I
X3
ART 115
Art and Technology
X3
ENG 116
Storytelling
X3
Semester Total15
Semester 2ANI 151
Animation Basics II
X3
ART 120
Language of Drawing II
X3
ART 130
Tone, Color, and Composition II
X3
ART 151
Life Drawing I
X3
ART 150
Human Anatomy
X3
PRJ 101
The Basics of Production
X3
Semester Total18
Semester 3ART 201
Life Drawing II
X3
CG 201
Introduction to 2D Computer Graphics
X3
CG 225
Introduction to 3D Computer Graphics
X3
FLM 115
History of Film and Animation
X3
PRJ 201 or PRJ 202
2D Animation Production or Game Art Project I
X4
Semester Total16
Semester 4COL 230
College Success for Artists
X1
ART 251
Character Design
X3
ART 300
Perspective, Backgrounds, and Layouts
X3
ART 350
Storyboards
X3
CG 275
Introduction to 3D Animation
X3
PRJ 251 or PRJ 252
2D Animation Production or Game Art Project I
X4
Semester Total17
Semester 5DAA Elective
300 level or higher: ART, ANI, FLM, or CG
X3
FLM 201 or FLM 210
Cinematography or Cinematography for Visual Effects
X3
ART 200
Animal Anatomy
X3
CG 300
3D Environment and Level Design
X3
PRJ 300
3D Production Pipeline
X4
Semester Total16
Semester 6DAA Elective
300 level or higher: ART, ANI, FLM, or CG
X3
DAA Elective
300 level or higher: ART, ANI, FLM, or CG
X3
CS 115
Introduction to Scripting and Programming
3
COL 499
Career Search Preparation: Materials, Logistics, and Communication
X1
COM 250
Professional Communication
3
PRJ 350 or PRJ 352
Cinematic Production or Game Art Project II
X4
Semester Total17
Semester 7ART 401
Conceptual Illustration and Visual Development
X3
ART 450
Portfolio
X3
PHY Elective
Any 3 credit course with the PHY designation
3
ENG Elective
Any ENG elective 150 level or higher
X3
PRJ 400 or PRJ 402
Cinematic Production or Game Art Project II
X4
Semester Total16
Semester 8General Education Elective
Any ENG, LAW, HIS, SOS, PSY, or MAT elective
X3
Open Elective
An elective of the student’s choice from any department at DigiPen
X3
SOS 115
Media and Ethics: A Social Science Perspective
3
LAW 115
Introduction to Intellectual Property and Contracts
3
PRJ 450
Career Preparation
X4
Semester Total16
Degree Total (minimum credits required)131