Digital Art & Animation

B.A. Digital Art and Animation

If your passion is for visual effects, 2D or 3D animation, or concept art for video games or blockbuster films, this is the program for you.

You can experience what it's like being in the full animation and VFX pipeline in our Digital Art & Animation program. Our courses have been designed with input from industry connections so our students learn the skills studios are looking for. You'll bring vivid characters, worlds and creatures to life and work from start to finish on animation projects that are ready to hit the festival circuits. Gain the skills you need to kick off your career in this dynamic and growing industry.

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Photoshop, Maya, ZBrush, Substance Painter... our students use the same tools as industry pros, making them competitive job candidates.

- Monica Cappiello, Department Director

Cogswell students build on a traditional art foundation to master the modern tools and technology used in animated film, video game and motion graphic projects.

- Mirjana Nikolic, Associate Professor


Ranked Among Top
in the Nation

Cogswell's B.A. in Digital Art & Animation program was ranked No. 13 in the country by Animation Career Review, a trusted online source of leading information for aspiring animation professionals.


Render Image by Cogswell Student, Griffin Bajor

3D Modeling

Cogswell's 3D Modeling concentration has been designed to ensure students get the most relevant training and access to modern industry tools taught by subject matter experts. You'll learn professional workflows and create your own 3D models for films, video games and more.

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Still from the student-created short film: Driven

3D Animation

Start your animation career today and learn what it takes to become a 3D animator. The 3D Animation concentration delivers premium instruction by skilled industry mentors. You'll master the fundamentals of animation, learn character rigging, and so much more.

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Cogswell student artwork by Brittney Thoreson

Entertainment Design

The Entertainment Design concentration will give you the ability to bring stories, characters and landscapes to life. Taught by industry professionals, students acquire experience in drawing, rendering, model  building, sculpting and using 3D tools. This prepares imaginative students for careers in fields like animation, video games, and environmental design.

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Advanced Lighting and Layout art by Cogswell student, Taylor Ash

Technical Art

Combine your passion for art and tech. As the digital entertainment industry becomes more complex, the need to bridge the gap between art and programming has never been more pressing. Technical Artists are essential for integrating art assets into a project without going beyond the technical limits of the platform.

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Companies Where our Digital Art & Animation Alumni Work


When you’re ready to apply or just want more information about getting started, visit our Admissions section. Or give us a call at 800.264.7955. We'll be happy to help you find details on application requirements, tuition and navigating the financial aid process.

You can find more information about our graduation rates,
the median debt of students who completed the program,
and other important information, at this link.