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The Center for Digital Arts (CDA) Boston's digital art school. Start your new career today!
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What's Your Passion? - CDA
From 3D animation & photography to web development & audio production, CDA offers digital art certificate programs.

What's your passion?

Our Campus - CDA
Our campus, located near the Charles River on Moody Street in Waltham, MA is a source of creativity & inspiration.

Our Campus

Our campus is a visualization of our values, we have created an environment that fosters innovation and collaboration. Less than 8 miles from Boston, the Waltham Campus is blocks from the historic Charles River and walking distance to the city’s best restaurants, coffee houses, and shops.
Events - CDA
The Center for Digital Arts offers workshop events in various program areas to students, alumni & the public.

April 22
Wednesday
6:30 pm

Intro to Zbrush: Pixologic Zbrush 4R6 (Format: 2 evenings: 4/22 & 4/29)

ZBrush is a revolutionary 3D sculpting and painting application used throughout the film and gaming industry. This is a must have skillset for any artist looking to start a career in the 3D Universe. In this workshop, students will first learn how to use a Wacom tablet, which provides a much higher level of precision, and pressure sensitivity than a mouse. Students will learn to effectively navigate the ZBrush interface and the 3D workspace, to get started creating their own three dimensional works of art. We will then explore the different ways that artists can interact with their model, using brushes and alphas to create the desired forms. Each student will create their own character bust, which will be reviewed at the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop runs two weeknights, Wednesdays, 4/22 & 4/29, 6:30-9:30pm. Please note: These classes are offered as workshops and not as occupational training programs.


April 23
Thursday
6:30 pm

The Studio Portrait

This evening long workshop will introduce participants to the principles of lighting a portrait in the studio. Inspired by examples of great portraits, we will explore successful lighting set ups, talk about how to work with a subject, choice of background, and styling. Instructor will begin by showing examples of studio portraiture, talking about lighting the face. There will be 4 sets pre-made, a high key set, a low key set, a back-lit set with reflectors and a split-light set with kino flows. The instructor will demonstrate each set and talk about the lighting design. Participants will then have time to rotate through the sets and make portraits. This workshop runs from 6:30-9:30pm. Please note: These classes are offered as workshops and not as occupational training programs.


April 25
Saturday
9:30 am

Digital SLR Basics: Aperture to Zoom

Get the most from your DSLR! This workshop is aimed at the beginner, to explain the fundamental workings of a photographer's most basic and useful tool: the Digital Single Reflex Camera. We will learn how the camera works to produce a correctly exposed image, and explore how to control the camera to produce meaningful photographic images.  This workshop runs from 9:30am-1:00pm. Please note: These classes are offered as workshops and not as occupational training programs.


Design Your Life - CDA
Let CDA devise a hands on, practical road-map to your digital arts career. Start your career today!

Design your life.

In the rapidly changing digital art landscape, our philosophy is you have to get your hands dirty. Our tangible approach to design fuses art and application, passion and the practical. We don't just prepare our students for a vibrant career, we devise a roadmap.
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