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Digital Film Arts and 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: AASDAA/DAA

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

What can I do with this degree?

Career options:  Obtain employment as a writer, producer, editor, director, camera operator, or sound designer. Film: Leads to careers in television, film and audio production, including web designer and graphic designer. Animation: Leads to careers in graphic art.

Academic Options: While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs.  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 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* The C or G requirement should be fulfilled by completing an appropriate course in this section. A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Arts & Humanities Requirement 3-4
Social & Behavioral Sciences Requirement 3
Mathematics and Science Requirement Note: The Math Competency must be met 3-4
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