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Boston U Offers 3D Animation, Game and Visual Effects Certificates

The new Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University is enrolling students of all ages and experience levels for a variety of certificate programs and workshops in digital filmmaking, photography, 3D animation, game design and visual effects.

Students may sign up for intensive training through a nine-month certificate program or basic skills through a foundation certificate or workshop series. Courses range from Beginning Photography for the Digital Age to Digital Film Boot Camp and all levels of Photoshop, editing, lighting and real-world assignments.

"The Center's coursework is designed to build both artistic and technical skills," says Bob Daniels, exec director of CDIA at Boston University. "The silos separating photography, filmmaking, graphic design, animation, and Web-based technologies are disappearing. Cross-training in the imaging arts is essential for today's professional who must know how to create, adjust, respond, and publish at Internet speed."

The CDIA offers more than 10,000 square feet of classrooms, labs, and high-end digital filmmaking and photography studios on Moody Street in Waltham, an eclectic hub for art, entertainment and independent filmmaking in the Boston area. The Center's editing labs feature Final Cut Pro, Avid, Pro-Tools sound and DVD authoring packages. For Photography, the school's digital darkrooms are equipped with the latest in imaging software and hardware. Students also have access to Maya and LightWave software in the facility's 3D animation labs.

To apply for admission to CDIA, an in-person interview is required with one of the Center's counselors. Followed by an application for admission with a $50 processing fee. Students are notified of their acceptance status within two weeks.

As part of its launch year activities, CDIA at Boston U is holding its next open house for prospective students on July 13, 2004 6-9:00 pm at 282 Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit or call (781) 209-1700.