The Digital Animation Center is committed to providing
quality instruction in 3D theory and techniques intended to prepare its
students to succeed. Students will be prepared to excel in a multitude of
industries including feature film, broadcast, scientific visualization, medical
imaging and engineering.
The DAC's precisely focused
curriculum prepares students for careers within a urban, 4-year university
experience that is a well-rounded liberal arts education with the traditional
components of a fine arts education, in state-of-the-art facilities and
acquiring high-tech skills needed for this demanding curriculum.
University of Colorado Denver
College of Arts and Media 3D Graphics and Digital Animation program will strive
to provide the highest level of university-level undergraduate instruction in
the theory, practice and application of digital 3D media. The goal of the
CU-Digital Animation Center is to bring together diverse scholars and
practitioners who seek creative imaging and visualization solutions for
evolving research and to set them in partnerships with artists of digital
media. Such collaborations will provide the visual solutions for explaining and
defining complex technical data.
The CU Denver DAC, is dedicated
to producing productive competent animators that are problem solvers, critical
thinkers and are prepared to enter the workforce as leaders and managers. As a
Fine Art major at one of the nation's top universities, you will receive a well
rounded, quality university education and upon successful completion of all requirements
will be awarded a Bachelor of Fine Art with an emphasis in 3D Graphics and
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To Prospective Students (freshmen & transfer):
Students are strongly
encouraged to apply for a Fall semester start (the DAC accepts Fall
applications only). This is due to the fact that the majority of the
first-semester courses are offered in Fall semesters only. The Visual
Arts and DAC majors are highly sequenced and pre-requisites are strictly
enforced. Students who begin in the Spring and Summer semesters may find
that their required courses are not offered until the Fall semester.
Education for Future Professionals…
Classes cover all areas of 3D
graphics and animation. The program use Alias MAYA as the primary software
application for training. In addition to the 13 required classes for a BFA,
Visual Arts with an emphasis in Digital Animation (this degree) students will
take a standard range of core academic and foundational art classes such as
drawing foundations, 2 and 3-dimensional design, color theory, art seminar, art
history survey—and are taught by veterans in the fine arts. Whether
you’re looking to set up your painting or drawing studio, work as a graphic
artist or illustrator, or are interested in product design or advertising, the
College of Arts & Media combines a thorough academic curriculum with
internship and extracurricular opportunities.
To learn more about the opportunities
awaiting you in the 3D Graphics and animation program, please contact a College of Arts & Media advisor.
Taught by Professionals...
Our faculty is committed to
helping each student at the Digital Animation Center strive to attain their
full potential. This goal is achieved through the enthusiasm of our staff,
industry standard software state of the art computer workstations, and
sophisticated motion capture systems and HD, green screen technologies.
Denver DAC faculty are experienced professionals with many years of real,
practical work experience in a wide variety of animation expertise from
broadcast, film, museum, scientific visualization, simulation and the gaming
industries. Members of our staff have worked as both fine artist and commercial
artist giving them a unique perspective on the application of animation
techniques. Working as Technical Directors, Creative Directors, Art Directors,
Producers and Directors as independent artist and in prestigious studios like
Paramount, LucasFilms LTD., Universal, and with unique experience with
high-end, fully immersive presentation technology, our staff will deliver to
you a sound foundation of knowledge that will lead to a rich and rewarding experience
as a top-notch animator.
Both in and out of the
classroom, faculty members provide you with the solid support and motivation
you will need to succeed in the enthralling business of animation. To
learn more about your future mentors, select their name to visit their web
pages, or visit the faculty home
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
Students pursuing careers in 3D
Graphics and Animation receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Emphasis
in Digital Animation from the Department of Visual Arts in the College of Arts
& Media, a degree awarded by the University of Colorado Denver.
For more information on
admission procedures for this degree program please visit http://www.cu3d.org/index.php/dac-program/admissions-criteria/admissions-process or
contact a CAM advisor at CAMAdvising@ucdenver.edu.
As a 3D Graphics and Animation
graduate from the Visual Arts program, the career opportunities available to
you are as limitless as your motivation and imagination. Here are just a
few of the options available to this program’s graduates. The goal of the DAC
is to prepare graduates ready to enter the workforce as professional artist
ready to meet the challenges of the collaborative work environment of the
entertainment and feature film industries. Amongst the many career choices for
the digital animation student are:
- Computer Animation
- Film/Video Animation
- Visual Effects
- Medical Animation
- Broadcast Television
- Graphic Design
- Forensics Animation
- Digital Arts/Multimedia Design
- Product Design
The Digital Animation Center’s 4-year degree
in Digital Animation is regarded as one of the top programs in the country. CU
Denver graduates of the animation program have had a hand in making a number of
the top animated films in recent history, working as artist the big studios
including PIXAR, Disney, LucasFilm, ILM, Dreamworks, Sony, ReelFX, Electronic
Arts, and Bioware. DAC Graduates also worked on some of the highest rated games
and TV offerings. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, DAC graduates work for Los Angeles
based Stargate Studios, won the Special Effects Emmy’s for their special
effects work on NBC’s "Heroes" and AMC’s "The Walking Dead."
Beginning with Summer semester
2013 the DAC will be lowering the tuition for the program. This
reduction represents a $12,300 savings for the four-year degree emphasis from
the previous rate and places the DAC as one of the more affordable 4-year
animation degrees in the country. Thirteen courses of the degree emphasis area
are offered through Extended Studies and have a higher tuition rate. The DAC
has a two tiered tuition system. The first two introductory classes to the DAC
are at the “tier one” rate of $1038 (or the current "Main Campus"
three-credit course rate). The remaining 11 “Tier Two” courses are at the rate
of $3030 per class. This cost is above and beyond the cost of attending CU
The DAC is completely self
supporting and all tuition monies go to support, amongst other things, the cost
of the well equipped labs, the state-of-the-art technology, small class sizes,
industry lecture series, scholarships (2nd year and higher) and the general
operations of the program.
Please consult CAMadvising@ucdenver.edu for the current course cost.
The first two courses of the
DAC emphasis, FA1810 and FA1820, are open to all students (subject to class
size caps). Selection for confirmation to the DAC Core Cadre – between 28 and
34 students are selected for the core cadre each year for continuation of the
degree emphasis is at the end of the first year and is by portfolio review
based on year one work in both animation and foundational art courses. Should
the student candidate not be confirmed into the DAC Core Cadre, a number of
fulfilling and equally viable degree options within the College of Arts &
Media are available to the student in Digital Design, Film, Recording Arts, or
Students who wish to transfer
to the College of Arts & Media from another college or school at the
University of Colorado Denver must formally apply to the College of Arts &
Media. Students will be considered for admission on either their overall
GPA in applicable coursework from CU and all previous institutions, or on their
last 15 credit hours. Applicants with less than a 2.0 GPA in related
courses (from CU or other institutions) and an overall CU GPA of less than 2.0
will be denied admission even though they may meet other requirements for
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