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Digital and Film Arts Animation

Associate of Applied Science

Develop skills in animation, cinematography, video production and script writing. Courses also cover drawing, illustration, cartooning, digital imaging and computer animation. Students seeking to transfer into a digital/film animation program at a university should complete an Associate of Arts degree.

Program/Major Codes: AASANIMATION/ANM

What can I do with this degree?

Career options: Obtain employment as a writer, producer, editor, director, camera operator, sound designer or graphic artist.

Academic Options: Transfer to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program at Arizona State University. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Before enrolling in this program, you must fulfill the following requirements with a grade of C or better:

Course # Course Title Credits
DAR 100 Fundamentals of Rendering 4
  or DAR 102 Fundamentals of Digital Design
DAR 103 Introduction to Digital Arts 3
DAR 120 Applied Computer Graphics 4
Subtotal 11

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. *

Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement 6
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 3
Subtotal 9


Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
DAR 101 Color Rendering and Theory 4
DAR 115 Digital Video Editing 4
DAR 122 DeskTop Graphics: Adobe Illustrator 4
DAR 124 Writing for Film and Television 3
DAR 125 Digital Video Production I 3
DAR 140 Digital Arts Illustration Studio: Illustration Technique and Media 4
DAR 173 History of American Cinema 3
DAR 175 Cinematography 3
DAR 176 Film Animation 3
DAR 221 Photo Image Editing: Adobe PhotoShop 4
DAR 222 Advanced Photo Image Editing: Adobe PhotoShop 4
DAR 223 Digital Drawing and Painting 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 47

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
CSA 100 Computer Literacy 1
WRT 101 Writing I [SUN# ENG 1101] 3
WRT 102 Writing II [SUN# ENG 1102] 3
Subtotal 7
Total 71-74

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Communication Requirement - WRT 101 and 102; Humanities and Social Science Requirement - DAR 250 fulfills 3 of 6 required credits - complete a course from the Social Science or Leadership/Ethics category that meets the cultural diversity (C) or global awareness (G) requirement; Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - fulfilled by required courses