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CAA Digital Media Art Classes

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The Community Arts Academy (CAA), is a division of the Buffalo State School of Arts and Humanities.

Our mission is to nurture student creativity, critical thinking, and applied skills through joyful cultural experiences in the arts and humanities.

Designed by Buffalo State faculty, CAA classes and workshops are researched-based and provide students with engaging hands-on experiences rooted in the most contemporary pedagogical approaches. Exceptional instruction is provided by Buffalo State faculty, graduates, and advanced student interns teaching under faculty supervision.

CAA offers courses in visual and digital arts, music, dance and creative writing for children, birth through grade 12. We can tailor programming for homeschool groups and organizations off-site. Reach out to us to pursue other instructional options by contacting Anthony Chase, Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities via e-mail ( or telephone (716-878-6326).

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with your child and hope you will share this Buffalo State cultural resource with a friend.

Basic Video Game Level Design

Course description: This class covers the basics of video game design with 3D modeling, texturing, and animation in the college design studio with free software users can access and use at home. This ten hour course will provide an introduction to the concepts of narrative and character setting in a single level of a video game of the student's design.

Grade Level: 6-12th

Schedule: Saturdays, March 4-April 1 - 10AM-Noon (2hrs)

Instructor: Brent Patterson - 

Class Location: Upton Hall 211   Campus Map

Class fee: $89 - 5 classes

Registration Closed

Additional Information: 

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Introduction to Digital Audio

Course description: This course will focus on the creative use of sound/music through the exploration of technology. Students will be introduced to a variety of digital music effects, tools, and techniques, learning the basics of the production and manipulation of digital audio. A variety of open source programs will be used to spark student's imaginations, grow their knowledge base, and develop their skills in working with digital music as they begin their own creative projects.

Specific concepts will include learning the components of digital sound (waveforms, noise, samples), principles of digital editing (cutting, splicing, stretching, and reshaping sounds), common digital signal processes (amplification, compression, equalization, distortion, filters and modulation), and how to create, assemble and develop new works of digital music.

Grade Level: 9-12th

Schedule: Tuesdays, February 7-April 18 (except February 21 & April 11) - 6-7PM (1hr)

Instructor: Dr. Ethan Hayden - 

Class Location: Rockwell Hall 102  Campus Map

Class fee: $110 - 10 classes

Registration Closed

Additional Information: The course will meet in the Digital Music Lab in Rockwell Hall. Students will have access to all the software they need. In addition, all software used in the class is free and downloadable to a student's personal device.

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914