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If you’re a high schooler with dreams of thriving in the world of digital arts and animation, you might be wondering how to prepare yourself for the exciting challenges at DigiPen Europe-Bilbao. Worry not! We’ve got you covered with a pro-level guide before you even step foot on campus. If you’re eyeing DigiPen’s BFA in Digital Arts and Animation program, read on to learn crucial tips straight from our instructors. Get ready to level up your creativity!

1. Master the Basics of Digital Animation

Start building a solid foundation in digital animation early on. Whether it’s through high school classes or online tutorials, getting familiar with animation principles and software is invaluable. Try creating simple animations or motion graphics to hone your skills and prepare for the exciting concepts you’ll encounter at DigiPen Europe-Bilbao. There’s a great range of software available to unleash your imagination!

2. Take a Sketch Book Wherever You Go

Try to draw your surroundings as accurately as possible or ask your friends and family if you can draw their portraits. DigiPen Europe-Bilbao requires BFA applicants to submit an art portfolio, so keep your best work together for when it’s time to show off your skills!

3. Strengthen Your Traditional Artistic Skills

Even though our art students spend their final two years working in 3D, the first two years are dedicated to building a foundation in traditional fine art skills. Taking classes to learn figure drawing, observational drawing, and how to work in a wide range of media will go a long way towards setting yourself up for success. There’s also a wide range of tutorials available online that can help you navigate your first steps.

4. Connect with Other Artists

Your artistic journey becomes more fulfilling when you connect with fellow creators on platforms like ArtStation, Behance, and similar artistic communities. These online spaces serve as virtual galleries where you can showcase your evolving body of work and engage with artists who share your passion. By joining these platforms, you’ll tap into a vibrant network of like-minded individuals, fostering inspiration, collaboration, and opportunities for creative growth. Don’t hesitate to dive in and start building connections early.

5. Don’t Be Shy; Seek Out Critique

Great artists aren’t born — they’re made. Don’t hesitate to seek guidance from professionals in the field of digital arts and animation. Reach out to artists, animators, or industry experts who can provide valuable insights and feedback on your work. Their expertise and honest critique can offer invaluable direction as you continue to refine your skills and craft. Remember that you can contact DigiPen Europe-Bilbao directly for portfolio feedback and guidance. Our dedicated team is eager to assist you in assembling a standout portfolio that showcases your artistic growth and potential. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive personalized support from our experienced professionals.

Do you want to prepare yourself to become a future student at DigiPen and be part of the animation and video game industry? Here are my personal tips: Practice your artistic drawing skills, work on your English, and get familiar with the latest animated productions and video games. Think about what you’d like to achieve and enjoy the journey. We look forward to seeing you!”

Asier Azkarraga

Department Chair - Fine Arts and Animation

Investing time in developing your digital animation skills, engaging in extracurricular art activities, and strengthening your artistic abilities will keep you well-prepared for the opportunities that await you in DigiPen Europe-Bilbao’s BFA in Digital Arts and Animation program. Start preparing to fuel your passion for digital art and pave the way for an exciting and successful college journey. DigiPen Europe-Bilbao also offers a range of art, animation, and design summer courses that can fast-forward your skills and understanding of the profession.

When you submit your application for the degree, be sure to include these achievements in your portfolio. If you’re interested in additional tips or if you’re curious about how DigiPen Europe-Bilbao can support you in becoming a skilled digital artist and animator, please reach out to us! We’re thrilled to support you on your path towards a fulfilling career in the world of digital arts and animation.