The foundations of fine art and fantastic games

The key to success for today’s production artists is a combination of a strong visual development process, broad-based art skills, and the ability to use both traditional and digital art tools to produce their creations.

Students gain hands-on skills needed to produce sophisticated digital art for video games through courses that cover:

  • Drawing techniques, color theory and traditional fine arts skills
  • Principles of animation and storytelling
  • 2D and 3D digital art tools for computer animation, modeling and texturing, and much more...

Art & Animation Programs

Pre-College Art & Animation for Games

Students are introduced to the visual development process, art skills and animation techniques every production artist needs.

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WANIC Art & Animation

The program focuses on building a strong foundation of traditional arts skills, critical animation principles and techniques.

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Ready to take the next step?

Who should take Art & Animation programs

In this program, students will learn and practice many roles that make up the art production pipeline for games and animation.

Students who succeed in this program enjoy artwork, learning about the different stages of art and animation pipelines, and the determination to begin creating at a higher level.

Practice the Fundamentals

Students will build artistic foundation through sustained practice in traditional media and application of core concepts.

Build Proficiency in Digital Tools

Students will dive into the world of 2D and 3D digital art and animation production by learning the tools, pipelines and techniques of professionals in the industry.

Career outlook

Do you see yourself working in art and animation in the fields of video game design and development, animation, film or another applied art?

Potential Careers:

3D Animator, 3D Artist, Animation Director, Animator, Art Director, Artist, Creative Director, Design Director, Designer, Director of Creative Services, Graphic Artist, Graphic Designer, Group Art Supervisor, Illustrator

Example Median Yearly Salary in the Seattle Metro area:

  • Art Directors - $109,330
  • Graphic Designers - $72,850
  • Special Effects Artists and Animators - $87,620

*Source:, U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021

Hear from students in our Art & Animation WANIC Program

Our programs are aligned with DigiPen Institute Degree Programs in Art & Animation

In today’s digital media and pop culture landscape, the work of the artist is everywhere — from the captivating beauty of a vast 3D game environment to the instantly recognizable design of an animated character. If you’re an artist who aspires to create such types of visual content at a professional level, DigiPen Institute's digital art degree programs can help you get there.

In addition to launching successful careers in video game art and computer animation, graduates of these programs have gone on to work on feature films, animated TV shows, toys and collectibles, and other media.