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

This is a sample sequence of courses for a student in the 2017-2018 academic cohort.

Sample Course Sequence Chart

Semester Course Course Title 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 studentís 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 131 minimum
*Other courses may fulfill this requirement. Reference the Degree Program Requirements for more information.

Animation Gallery

New animations created by students in DigiPen's BFA program:


Om Nom Nom


La Sangre de Salomon

View all projects in the Animation Gallery.

View examples of student artwork in the Art Gallery.