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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 2022-2023 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.

BFA in Digital Art and Animation Sample Course Sequence

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

 

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