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When you come to Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, you'll be taking your first steps toward the creative, exciting career you always wanted. Through intensive, hands-on training and experience, you'll get the necessary skills and learn the latest in Photography, Digital Filmmaking, 3D Animation, Graphic & Web Design, Audio Production and Web Development. Most importantly, you'll be able to use everything you've learned in the real world. Now.

We are dedicated to providing you with the best, most relevant education possible. Programs at The Center for Digital Imaging Arts are crafted to meet your needs. Whether you’re a seasoned professional seeking additional training or you dream of embarking on a new career, CDIA can help you exceed your potential.

The Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts has two conveniently located campuses in Waltham, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.


• Career Services: CDIA offers a wide variety of career development resources to help you begin or advance your career. The education and training you’ll receive at The Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University will provide you with a big step towards realizing your dreams.

• Financial Assistance: Our financial assistance staff will guide you through the process of applying for financial support. We can introduce you to a wide variety of programs, government sponsorship, a deferred tuition payment plan, or corporate reimbursement.

Available Programs at CDIA
CDIA offers full-time day and part-time evening certificate programs. Our programs are led by world-class instructors who are practicing experts in their fields, and are backed by the reputation and resources of Boston University’s internationally renowned College of Communications. Not all programs are available at both campuses.

Web Development Certificate Program
This dynamic new program can provide you with the knowledge and experience to begin a career with a substantial résumé and the latest programming skills. Students create dynamic, data-driven web pages and applications using the same tools and techniques the professionals use, and generate a portfolio demonstrating their skills in web platform development, integration, and deployment.

Digital Filmmaking Certificate
Envision your future as a filmmaker. Develop your artistic and technical filmmaking skills and spark your creative voice with the Professional Digital Filmmaking Certificate at CDIA. You’ll be immersed in the world of digital filmmaking as you learn to use the camera to tell a story, share an emotion, give a voice to the voiceless. No matter where your professional interest lies—as a camera operator, director, producer, editor or cinematographer—you can create films that inspire, educate and inform.

Photography Certificate
In our intensive certificate program you’ll receive comprehensive instruction in basic photography, digital capture, view camera, large format, and comprehensive studio and location lighting techniques. The hands-on program will introduce you to a wide variety of career avenues including advertising, wedding, portrait, and special event photography.

3D Animation Certificate
Learn the skills you’ll need to become a digital animator. You’ll get hands-on experience in creating 3D models, scenes and animations. Working on a team with your classmates, you'll develop a short animated subject suitable for a beginning portfolio or demo reel, complete with associated models, animations and textures.

Graphic & Web Design Certificate
You'll learn to design for print, the web and motion graphics using cutting-edge design software tools. Hands-on coursework includes publication collateral design, website design, color management, interactivity, multimedia, and digital video and audio. You'll also explore real-world challenges faced by professional designers, and learn business skills such as teamwork, client interaction, and portfolio building.

Audio Production Certificate
The Audio Production Certificate program will immerse you in professional recording studio operations, current music technologies, and music production. You’ll learn how these applications are used in music, interactive media, and film and television productions. You’ll be instructed in audio theory and professional standards, and gain experience with industry-standard tools and the elements that influence audio for film, CDs, games, TV, and new media.

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Waltham Campus
274 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453

Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
Washington D.C. Campus

Foundry Building
1055 Thomas Jefferson Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20007

Campus Address

274 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453, MA 02453

3D Animation (Certificate)

Audio Production (Certificate)

Digital Filmmaking (Certificate)

Graphic and Web Design (Certificate)

Photography (Certificate)

Web Development (Certificate)

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