Earn a Bachelor of Arts in
Digital Art & Animation

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Get real work in the fantasy world

From ideation to animation

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Welcome to the epic world of Digital Art and Animation (DAA) at the University of Silicon Valley! This is where you learn the ABCs of 3D. Our Digital Art and Animation degree program lets you dive headfirst into the exciting digital, 3D animation field. Prepare for a well-rounded skillset perfectly tailored to the industry’s demands.


But wait, there’s more! You’ll have the chance to specialize in four awesome areas through program electives: 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Entertainment Design, and Technical Art. The coursework combines traditional and digital arts, giving you a solid foundation in theory, production, and general education.

Unleash your creativity and collaborate with fellow DAA students and other departments on thrilling projects. Your artwork will come to life for the world to see as we provide numerous opportunities for public exhibition.

Lights, Camera, Alumni in Action

USV alumni have gone on to work at some of the most prestigious studios in the animation industry.

Highlights & Outcomes

Demonstrate an effective application of fundamental design principles and color theory.

Develop skills in a variety of digital technologies and tools.

Employ creative experimentation and iteration in design.

Work proficiently with diverse groups in collaborative project teams.

Create expressive characters, environments and props using traditional tools and techniques of the industry.

Produce work in an ethical and sustainable manner.

Develop and reflect upon a personal, artistic and professional identity.

Tech Pack™
Your Essential Creative Toolkit

Picture this: Your files, multimedia masterpieces, and coursework are all at your fingertips, 24/7. That’s the magic of Tech Pack™, available exclusively for Gaming, Audio, and Animation Degrees.

What’s in the box? A sleek laptop and media creation software tailored to your program, keeping you in sync with the ever-evolving industry standards. And it’s yours to keep after you graduate, setting you up for success in Digital Art & Animation School. Whether you’re crafting the next big game or working on mind-blowing multimedia projects, Tech Pack™ has your back.

The exact components of your Tech Pack™ might vary based on what’s available when we ship it out. No worries – it’s all part of your total education cost. Oh, and about the software? You’ll need to do a quick download using your USV email. Just a heads-up, there might be a small cost involved. Keep it in the loop!

What's included*:

*Pricing and package specifications are subject to change.

Student Work

Create Projects
for the Pros

Potential Digital Art & Animation Career Options

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  • 3D Generalist
  • 3D Modeler
  • Character Designer
  • Compositor
  • Concept Artist
  • Lighting Artist
  • Look Development Artist
  • Pre-visualization Artist
  • Quality Assurance Artist
  • Rigger
  • Storyboard Artist
  • Technical Director
  • Texture Artist
  • VFX Artist
  • 3D Animator
Ready to go from ideation to animation?

Focus Areas

3D Modeling

Get ready to sculpt your way into the world of 3D magic! In our 3D Modeling focus, we've designed the ultimate training experience for Digital Arts & Animation students. With access to modern industry tools and expert instructors, you’ll master professional workflows and create your very own 3D models. From films to video games and beyond, get ready to bring your favorite characters to life in breathtaking 3D!

3D Animation

Lights, camera, action! Kickstart your animation career with our 3D Animation course. Skilled industry mentors will guide you through the fundamentals of animation, from mastering movement to character rigging and beyond. Discover the tools to tell your stories in the most dynamic and jaw-dropping ways. The next thing you know, you could be designing amazing creatures for industry features.

Entertainment Design

Prepare to be the master of creating entire worlds! In our Entertainment Design course, industry professionals will help you unlock the secrets of bringing stories, characters, and landscapes to life. Your creative arsenal will be drawing, rendering, model building, sculpting, and 3D tools. Whether it’s animation, video games, or environmental design, unleash your imagination and embark on a career filled with endless possibilities!

Technical Art

Go from fantasizing and digitizing as you combine your passion for art and programming in our Technical Art program. As the digital entertainment industry becomes more complex, bridging the gap between art and technology is crucial. Become an essential Technical Artist, integrating art assets seamlessly while staying within technical limits. This is where creativity and technology help you become a make-believer achiever.

Learn On-Campus
or Online

Our Digital Art & Animation college programs are available on-campus or 100% online. Whether taking classes at the USV campus or learning from the comfort of your own home, you will experience multiplayer support of our award-winning curriculum.

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Real World Learning.
For Reels.

Project X is a one-of-a-kind project-based learning capstone course that incorporates every component of animation film production for the big and small screen. Students collaborate with different departments to bring a story to life in an industry-standard production pipeline setting.

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