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  • Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts

    -- Waltham, MA 
  • 274 Moody Street
    Waltham, MA 02453
  • 800-808-CDIA or 781-209-1700
  • 781-209-0018
  • [email protected]
  • 3D Animation + Interactive Media (Certificate/Diploma )
    For a position in Art / Animation

    Game Art & Character Animation (Certificate/Diploma )
    For a position in Art / Animation

    Animated Short (Certificate/Diploma )
    For a position in Art / Animation

  • Campus:Yes         Online: No
  • In state: 25,400 US Dollars (USD) per Course
    Out of state: 25,400 US Dollars (USD) per Course
    Non-US National (Overseas Students): 0 US Dollars (USD) per Semester
  • Yes
  • 12:1
  • Center for Digital Imaging Arts


    When you study 3D Animation at CDIA you’ll be preparing yourself for a career in animation, video game development, or visual effects. Our curriculum combines traditional skills like storytelling and character development with the leading software used today by filmmakers, animators, and game designers. You’ll be taught by working professionals, who bring their real-world experience to the classroom, creating a bridge between the craft of animation and visual effects and the industry. You’ll learn about the practical realities of building and sustaining a career, and you’ll make valuable contacts, while you build your demo reel.

    Many of the classes at CDIA are project-based, giving you a chance to try out your new skills and gain a realistic perspective on how animation and visual effects are integrated into media like film and video games. And at CDIA, learning doesn’t stop at the classroom door. 3D Animation students may take part in a four-week Production Practicum, creating a project for a real-world client under the direction of a professional. You’ll gain confidence, refine your skills, and get a better understanding of the career you’re training for.


    3D Animation + Interactive Media Certificate
    Learn the skills necessary to become a 3D artist and animator with the 3D Animation + Interactive Media Certificate. This cross-curriculum program integrates multiple aspects of 2D and 3D art, interactive media and animation with professional experiences and employer expectations. You’ll get hands-on training in modeling, design, texturing, animation, lighting and rendering for 3D design. Using Autodesk Maya, the leading 3D software tool for professionals, and web applications such as Adobe Flash, you’ll work on a variety of projects from product illustration and architectural visualization to character animation and web media presentation. When you finish the program, you’ll leave with a portfolio and demo reel complete with 3D models, textures and animations to showcase your new skills.

    Animated Short
    The Animated Short Certificate course is designed to serve as preparation for life as a professional animator. It explores advanced concepts in designing and producing a computer-generated animation short that is focused around character design, animation and storytelling. Students will demonstrate creativity and knowledge of sophisticated animation principles and techniques. By creating a short animated film students will enhance their skills and add to their portfolio. Select student films will be submitted to animation festivals.

    Game Art + Character Animation Certificate
    Game Art + Character Animation Certificate students will learn how to create a fully interactive experience for PC gaming. We will learn the principal tools to create assets, animations and interactive stories. Using applications such as Maya, Flash and the game engine provides insight into working with an interactive multimedia tool for game development. Students will practice real-world techniques as we cover topics that include general workflow, asset management, organization and optimization for games.