VA: 3D Graphics and Animation


Bachelor of Fine Arts—3D Graphics and Animation Emphasis

The CG Animation and Visual Effects industry is growing quickly, and changing rapidly. Spanning many markets, from feature films and video games to scientific visualization and court litigation, opportunities are limitless. Our vision at the Digital Animation Center at the University of Colorado Denver is to train the next generation of digital animation and visual effects artists, who will lead the industry in self-exploration, excellence, and passion for animated digital content.

Being one of the most dynamic animation and CGI program in the country, CU Denver’s Digital Animation Center is ranked in the top 20 animation programs nationally. We are a creative community of passionate students, faculty, and staff, driven by excellence in learning, teaching and creating animation. Our inquiry-based curriculum focuses a wealth of experience in filmmaking, visual storytelling, and original ideas, brought together with bleeding-edge skills, best practices and state-of-the-art technology. Studios from across the world see our graduates as the best and the brightest; ready to help their productions engage, move and impact audiences.

We believe that production skills can only be gained through being part of a production. The first five semesters we teach you the tools, theory and skills needed to be a general production artist. It is in the last three semesters that your learning journey takes a turn. You and your classmates become part of an intense and real world production experience as together you make a high-production value short film. This experience is like any production experience in any studio around the world and it prepares you for your place in some of the top studios. Our student films have moved audiences around the world. The DAC senior films, produced by students and faculty in a real-world, immersive and intense production setting, have been screened in over 300 film festivals in 22 nations and have won 78 Best Animated Short Awards over the last six years!

The Digital Animation Center believes that there is no better learning experience than being in the trenches, working as a team, to deliver that last, perfect frame. Studios around the world tell us that is why they hire our graduates: They are production ready!

The Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts—3D Graphics and Animation Emphasis

The first two courses of the 3D Graphics and Animation emphasis, FINE1810 and FINE1820, are open to all students (subject to class size caps). Each year between 28 and 34 students are selected for the 3D Graphics and Animation core cadre. Continuation selection for the degree emphasis is conducted at the end of the first year and is by portfolio review based on year one work in both animation and foundational art courses. Should the student candidate not be confirmed into the 3D Graphics and Animation core cadre, a number of fulfilling and equally viable degree options within the College of Arts & Media are available to the student in Digital Design, Film, Recording Arts or Visual Arts.

Students who wish to transfer to the College of Arts & Media from another college or school at the University of Colorado Denver must formally apply to the College of Arts & Media. Students will be considered for admission on either their overall GPA in applicable coursework from CU and all previous institutions or on their last 15 credit hours. Applicants with less than a 2.0 GPA in related courses (from CU or other institutions) and an overall CU GPA of less than 2.0 will be denied admission even though they may meet other requirements for consideration.

Contact a CAM advisor for further information.

Tuition and Fees at the University of Colorado Denver
Tuition and fees at the University of Colorado Denver have been established by the Board of Regents, the governing body of the University of Colorado, and are subject to change at any time. Tuition is based on student classification (undergraduate, graduate, academic program, resident or nonresident).

Please contact the Bursar’s Office<> if you have questions regarding tuition and/or fees.


Students who are residents of WICHE states are eligible to request a reduced tuition rate of 150% of resident tuition at participating two- and four-year college programs outside of their home state through the Western Undergraduate Education (WUE) program.


Admissions & Advising

Program Requirements

Student Work

Bachelor of Fine Arts—3D Graphics and Animation Emphasis


Too Much Glue (short version) 05-12 from CU Denver Digital Animation Cent on Vimeo.

I Need My Monster from CU Denver Digital Animation Cent on Vimeo.


For additional student work and information on the Digital Animation Center follow our link,


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