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School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 21881     HEGIS 1099 

The major in Computer Animation and Interactive Media offers students the opportunity to prepare for specialized positions in the computer animation and interactive media industries, such as character animators, game designers, technical directors, texture artists, modelers, motion graphics artists, website designers, and creative positions in interaction design. Curriculum below is for the entering class of Fall 2018. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREACG 314 - Programming Concepts2
CG 321 - Design and Authoring for Interactive Media II2
CG 341 - 3D Modeling and Animation2
CG 344 - History of Animation3
CG 346 - Principles of Animation I2
CG 351 - Storyboarding and Storytelling2
RELATED AREAIL 302 - Drawing for Animation I2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Electives*3
Semester 6
MAJOR AREACG 322 - Interface Design2
CG 342 - Advanced 3D Computer Modeling2
CG 345 - 3D Computer Animation2
CG 352 - Music and Sound Design2
CG 353 - Motion Graphics2
RELATED AREAIL 303 - Drawing for Animation II1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Electives*3
choice - see Liberal Arts/Art History*3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREACG 421 - Interactive Project Design3
CG 441 - Advanced 3D Animation2
CG 446 - Principles of Animation II2
CG 451 - Computer-Assisted Post-Production2
CG 452 - Music Production for Interactive and Animation Thesis Projects I2
CG 491 - Senior Project Planning2
RELATED AREAchoice - see Related Area Elective(s)**1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts/Art History* 3
Semester 8
MAJOR AREACG 422 - Interactive Production2.5
CG 442 - Animation Production2
CG 453 - Music Production for Interactive and Animation Thesis Projects II2
CG 492 - Senior Project3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Liberal Arts Electives*3
 Total Credits: 65.5

Fall 2018 Requirements:  see below

* Liberal Arts: 15 credits

  • Liberal Arts electives: 9 credits. Select Liberal Arts courses (for which prerequisites have been met) from the following subject areas: CH (Chinese), EN (English), FI (Film and Media) - any FI course other than FI 261, 361, 461, 362, and 462, FR (French), HA (History of Art),  HE (Health Education) HE 201 or 301, IT (Italian), JA (Japanese), MU (Music) MU 202 Latin American and Carribbean Music (3 cr.), MU 203 Survey of American Music (3 cr.), or MU 391 Masterpieces of Music in the European Classical Tradition (Honors) (3 cr.)HI (History), MA (Math), LA (Liberal Arts), MC (Modern Languages and Cultures), PE (Physical Education and Dance) PE 215, 216, 217, PL (Philosophy), SC (Science), SP (Spanish), and SS (Social Sciences). See Liberal Arts Courses.
  • Art History: 6 credits. CHOICE of one (1) HA course that meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9), and CHOICE of one (1) additional HA course. See the full list of Art/Design History courses under HA: History of Art and Civilization.

**Related Area Elective (s): 1.5 credits (minimum)
 Elective course(s) in Art and Design (other than CG) for which prerequisites have been met  

NOTE: CG 211, CG 212, CG 213, and CG 221 or their equivalents must be completed prior to application to the BFA program.

If you are a high school student

High school students must first apply to a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in one of FIT’s School Art and Design programs such as Illustration or Communication Design. On completing that degree, students may apply to the two-year Computer Animation and Interactive Media BFA program. The Computer Graphics Department can provide information regarding the best course of study to guide you into the program.

If you have an AAS from FIT

You may apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program if your AAS is from one of FIT’s School of Art and Design programs. Applicants are expected to provide a competitive portfolio and the department will schedule a portfolio interview with you. If your AAS from FIT is not in an art or design related field, please schedule an appointment with the Admissions department to discuss your options.

The following courses, or the equivalent from your major, are the required prerequisites for FIT students:

  • CG211 - Computer Assisted Design / Photoshop
  • CG212 - Introduction to 3D Modeling / 3DS Max
  • CG213 - 2D Animation / Photoshop and After Effects
  • CG221 - Design and Authoring for Interactive Media.

These may be taken as related area courses during your AAS degree.

If you have credits or a degree from another college

You may apply to the two-year Computer Animation & Interactive Media BFA program as a transfer student if you meet the following criteria by the time you enroll at FIT:

  • You will have an earned associate's degree OR 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Eligible applicants must have completed 24 credits in design coursework, and at a minimum, 6 credits of art history and have a working knowledge of technologies applicable to their areas of specialization. Eligible candidates must also complete the required FIT liberal arts requirements for art and design majors.

You should have experience working with a professional 3D modeling program such as Autodesk’s 3D Max, Maya, or other 3D programs. It is also expected that you will have studied Photoshop and After Effects and produced finished work using those programs. Intro level scripting is also required. Your work using these programs must be included in your portfolio at the time of your interview which takes place early in the spring semester.

Graduates in a related area, such as game design, interaction design, or computer science, are encouraged to apply. These candidates also must have completed 24 credits in design courses which exhibit competency in the areas described above. All applicants are expected to provide a competitive portfolio.

The Office of Admissions can help you with questions regarding eligibility: or 212 217.3760. Please also review our Portfolio Requirements for more information. Students who love storytelling and the art of animation and are excited by the advances in technology that have brought us movies in 3D and interactive experiences with amazing visual effects should consider this program.

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