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Digital Media and Animation

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AAS Degree ā€“ Code #1212

Jennie Thwing, Program Coordinator
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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.


  • 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.

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.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State digital media and animation AAS graduates may enter directly into the digital media and animation BS, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, or the technology management BBA degree program.

Occupational Opportunities

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

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry 

Recommended: Algebra 2

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Required Equipment

A tier 4 laptop computer is required for students entering the digital media and animation program. Laptop specifications are available at




DGMA 1403 Digital Foundations I 3
DGMA 1413 Foundations:Form/Space Rltnshp 3
DGMA 1423 Intro to Visual Communication 3
FNAT 1313 Art History 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3


DGMA 2403 Introduction to 3D Animation 3
FNAT 2423 3D Design/Color 3
FNAT 2433 Figure and Motion 3
GLST 2113 Global Perspectives:Spcl Topic 3
MATH xxx3 Gen Ed - Math Elective 3


DGMA 3403 Intermediate 3D Animation 3
DGMA 3603 Production I 3
DGMA 1333 Survey of Animatn & Visual Eff 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed - Natural Science Elective 3
LITR 2813 Introduction to Film 3


XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed-Social Science Elective 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
SPCH xxx3 Effective Speaking Equivalent 3
FNAT 3513 Art History II 3
DGMA xxx3 Technical Elective 3
DGMA 4003 2D Animation 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective 3

Minimum of ā€œCā€ is required for all core courses.

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