Art and Animation Level 1 (Online)

Animators have an important job in any video game or film studio: to create living, breathing characters who express their unique personalities through movement. It is a complex and challenging task, but the results can be nothing short of breathtaking. This Online Workshop introduces you to the art and science of animation through hands-on projects that show firsthand how each step of the production process works. You will learn about the tools and techniques professional animators use while creating their own 2D and 3D animations. Along the way, you will discover how traditional art skills, including drawing and sculpting, are central to the animation process.

You will learn:
  • Basic drawing and fine art skills
  • The art and science of animation
  • 3D computer animation processes, including modeling and texturing
  • Storytelling, dialogue, and creative writing techniques
  • Mathematical concepts like 2D and 3D coordinate systems

Courses in this Series

This course is part of the Art and Animation workshop series.

Level One

Art and Animation
Level 1

(Online or On-Site)
Level Two

Art and Animation
Level 2

Prerequisites and Requirements


This course is open to students in Grades 8 through 12.

Students must also possess the following basic computer skills.

A student must be able to:
  • Zip and unzip files
  • Upload files to class distance learning site
  • Navigate class distance learning site
  • Download software
  • Install software
  • Have administrative access to PC
  • Use Windows operating system running on a PC
  • Read and understand instructions
  • Read a computer screen
  • Have keyboarding skills to type messages in chat
  • Navigate websites
  • Demonstrate interest in subject matter
  • Think logically and sequentially
  • Sit at a computer workstation and use the screen for up to two and a half hours at a time

Technology Requirements

In addition to the prerequisites listed above, students must have access to a computer that meets the technology requirements listed below


  • Windows PC or Mac computer
  • Headset with microphone
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Three-button mouse
  • Display with minimum resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 64-bit Intel® or AMD® multi-core processor with SSE4.2 instruction set
  • Refer to the following pages for a list of recommended graphics cards: Maya Certified Hardware
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB of free disk space for install


  • One of the following browsers:
    • Google Chrome™
    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer®
    • Mozilla® Firefox®
    • Apple® Safari®
  • Adobe Reader (latest version)
  • Zoom Launcher Plugin
  • Autodesk Maya (free student version - 2016 is preferred, but 2014 is acceptable for 32bit systems)
  • Microsoft® Windows® 7 (SP1) and Windows® 10 Professional Operating system OR Apple® Mac OS® X 10.10.5, and 10.11.x operating system


Schedule and Tuition


Spring 2019 schedule to be determined


A.M. courses: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PST

P.M. courses: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST


  • Total cost: $495

Tuition includes $100 non-refundable deposit and registration fee.  The remaining $395 must be paid by the registration deadline

Click here for a list of information about tax breaks, scholarships, and cancellation/refund policies.

DigiPen's ProjectFUN offers workshops, camps and college prep courses for kids and teens. Technology courses are held in Redmond, WA (near Seattle and Bellevue), and online.