Digital Art & Animation

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Art and Animation

If your passion is for visual effects, 2D or 3D animation, or concept art for video games or blockbuster films, this is the Digital Arts & Animation degree program for you.

You can experience what it's like being in the full animation and VFX pipeline in our Digital Art & Animation degree training program. Our Digital Arts & Animation courses have been designed with input from industry connections so University of Silicon Valley students learn the skills studios are looking for. You'll bring vivid characters, worlds and creatures to life and work from start to finish on animation projects that are ready to hit the festival circuits. Gain the digital arts and animation skills you need to kick off your career in this dynamic and growing industry.

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University of Silicon Valley students build on a traditional art foundation to master the modern tools and technology used in animated film, video game and motion graphic projects.

- Chris Platz, Instructor


Focus Areas

Render Image by Cogswell Student, Griffin Bajor

3D Modeling

University of Silicon Valley's 3D Modeling focus has been designed to ensure Digital Arts & Animation degree program students get the most relevant training and access to modern industry tools taught by subject matter experts. You'll learn professional workflows and create your own 3D models for films, video games and more.

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Still from the student-created short film: Driven

3D Animation

Start your animation career today and learn what it takes to become a 3D animator. The 3D Animation focus delivers premium instruction by skilled industry mentors. You'll master the fundamentals of animation, learn character rigging, and so much more.

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Cogswell student artwork by Brittney Thoreson

Entertainment Design

The Entertainment Design focus will give you the ability to bring stories, characters and landscapes to life. Taught by industry professionals, Digital Arts & Animation program students acquire experience in drawing, rendering, model building, sculpting and using 3D tools. This prepares imaginative Digital Arts & Animation program students for careers in fields like animation, video games, and environmental design.

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Advanced Lighting and Layout art by Cogswell student, Taylor Ash

Technical Art

Combine your passion for art and tech in this digital arts program. As the digital entertainment industry becomes more complex, the need to bridge the gap between art and programming has never been more pressing. Technical Artists are essential for integrating art assets into a project without going beyond the technical limits of the platform.

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Companies Where our Digital Art & Animation College Alumni Work

Activision Blizzard
Cartoon Network
Dream works

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA in Digital Art & Animation Degree Program

University of Silicon Valley graduates in Digital Art & Animation will be able to:

PLO1: Demonstrate an effective application of design principles and color theory in student projects
PLO2: Employ creative aspects of experimentation and iteration in their designs
PLO3: Recognize and differentiate the critical components of a project
PLO4: Create expressive characters, environments and props using traditional tolls and techniques of the industry
PLO5: Integrate inventive principles, techniques, and skills in student projects
PLO6: Effectively contribute their expertise to a collaborative project

When you’re ready to apply or just want more information about getting started, visit our Admissions section. Or give us a call at 800.264.7955. We'll be happy to help you find details on college application requirements, school tuition and navigating the financial aid process.

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