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Digital Film Arts & Animation

Associate of Applied Science


The job market for digital film artists and animators is growing steadily, primarily due to the increased popularity of animation and visual effects in video games, movies, television and other platforms, including streaming services.

In this program, can focus on digital film arts, learning cinematography, lighting and audio production, or on digital film arts animation, learning digital graphics production, and 2- and 3-D animation. 

Students seeking to transfer into a digital/film animation program at a university should complete an Associate of Arts degree.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes


West Campus

Contact Information

Division of Arts
Dean: 520.206.6690
Dept. Chair: 520.206.6914
Program Advisor: 520.206.6856
Information Sessions


Completing this program can lead to employment in a variety of different careers.  Here are some examples of occupations related to this program with associated Pima County-based annual median wages.  Some careers may require additional education or training. Source: EMSI

Occupation Annual Median Wage
Film or Video Editor $50,240
Producer/Director $43,670
Sound Editor/Sound Designer $50,240
Camera Operator (TV, video, motion Pictures) $37,135
Multimedia Artist/Animator $22,952


Program Requirements 2020-2021

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.*  A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
Arts & Humanities 3-4
Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Mathematics and Science
  Note: The Math Competency must be met
Special Requirement
Fulfill the C or G requirement by completing an appropriate course in the above categories
Subtotal 9-11

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
DAR 103 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
DAR 115 Digital Video Editing 4
DAR 124 Writing for Film and Television 3
Subtotal 10

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
WRT 101 English Composition I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 English Composition II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 7

Core Concentrations

A grade of C or better is required for graduation

Complete one of the following concentrations; department faculty advisor or counselor approval is recommended in the selection of the program concentration.
 Digital Film Arts (Concentration Code DAAF) 
DAR 125 Digital Cinematography I 4
DAR 173 History of American Cinema 3
DAR 175 The Art of Digital Cinematography 3
DAR 205 Lighting for Film and Video 4
DAR 217 Post Production for Film 4
DAR 225 Digital Cinematography II 4
DAR 275 Basic Audio Production 4
DAR 285 Documentary Television and Film Production 4
DAR 286 Digital Cinematography Capstone 4
Subtotal 34
Digital Film Arts Animation (Concentration Code DAAA) 
DAR 101 Color Rendering and Theory 4
DAR 120 Applied Computer Graphics 4
DAR 122 DeskTop Graphics: Adobe Illustrator 4
DAR 140 Digital Arts Illustration Studio: Illustration Technique and Media 4
DAR 176 Digital Animation 4
DAR 221 Photo Image Editing: Adobe PhotoShop 4
DAR 250 Computer 2-D Animation: Adobe After Effects 4
DAR 251 Computer 3-D Animation: Maya 4
DAR 258 Advanced Computer 3-D Animation: Maya 4
Subtotal 36
Total 60-64

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication Requirement - WRT 101; Other Requirement - WRT 102

Program/Major Codes: AASDAA/DAA

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