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Digital Media and Animation

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BS Degree – Code #2018 

Jeremy Speed Schwartz, Program Coordinator
Email address: schwarj@alfredstate.edu

The emerging field of computer imaging and animation is impacting virtually every industry and profession. The digital media and animation program will provide you with a broad range of technical, creative, and problem-solving skills to facilitate your employment in new media and animation. At the core of the program is a sequence of studio courses that enhances individual artistic creativity and provides instruction in the traditional arts and industry-standard computer graphics software.

Advantages

  • Students develop critical thinking skills by completing rigorous problem-solving activities.
  • Gain experience creating a professional presentation, as well as evaluating, revising, and defending ideas and artistic decisions in presented work.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the digital media and animation program. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops#Apple-MacBook-Pro.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate adaptability/flexibility with technology.
  • Illustrate critical thinking by completing course work.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic through time management and quality works.
  • Visually analyze their own work, as well as the work of others, in critiques, presentations, writing, and other activities.
  • Apply knowledge of the history and theory relevant to digital media and animation through studio work.
  • Communicate verbally using specific terminology associated with the software, hardware, and industry.

 Occupational Opportunities

  • Animation
  • Interactive media
  • Digital imaging
  • Media Design
  • Fine art

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 70 percent are employed; 30 percent continued their education.

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Entrance Requirement/Recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21. 

Recommended: Algebra 2/Trigonometry

General Notes

Entry level of student into math and composition/literature sequences is a function of student's high school preparation and mathematics and English placement examinations.

Minimum of "C" is required for all core courses. A 2.0 GPA or greater in core courses or comparable courses at another institution is required to guarantee admission into DGMA 5103, 5403, and 5603. 

Students must complete at least one course from seven of the 10 SUNY General Education silos.

Students are required to complete a digital portfolio assignment and annual reviews to meet graduation requirements.

Digital Media and Animation – BS

First

DGMA 1403 Digital Foundations I 3
DGMA 1423 Intro to Visual Communication 3
DGMA 1413 Foundations:Form/Space Rltnshp 3
DGMA 1333 Survey of Animatn & Visual Eff 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
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Second

DGMA 2403 Introduction to 3D Animation 3
FNAT 2423 3D Design/Color 3
FNAT 2433 Figure and Motion 3
FNAT 1313 Art History 3
MATH xxx3 Gen Ed/Math Elective 3
      15

Third

DGMA 3403 Intermediate 3D Animation 3
DGMA 3603 Production I 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/Natural Sciences Elective 3
SOCI xxx3 Social Science Elective 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
      18

Fourth

DGMA 4103 Interactive Design 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
FNAT 3513 Art History II 3
LITR 2813 Introduction to Film 3
DGMA xxx3 Technical Elective 3
      15

TYPICAL FIVE- THROUGH EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

Fifth

DGMA 5603 Interactive Media 3
DGMA 5403 Adv Modeling, Texturing & Ligh 3
DGMA 6103 Production II 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Upper Level) 3
      15

Sixth

DGMA 6203 Motion Graphics 3
DGMA 6413 Advanced Animation 3
DGMA xxx3 Technical Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Upper Level) 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/Western Civilization  
   OR    
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/Foreign Language 3
      15

Seventh

DGMA 7203 Senior Seminar 3
DGMA 7403 Senior Studio Project I 3
DGMA 7503 Digital Media & Anmtn Internsh 3
  OR
DGMA 3113 Studio Tokyo 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
      15

Eighth

DGMA 8106 Senior Studio Project II 6
DGMA 8103 Portfolio 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/American History  
   OR    
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/Other Worl Civ 3
      15

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship.