Film and Animation Major - Animation Concentration
Available on the Florham Campus, Madison, NJ
Visual & Performing Arts Department
Digital animators create the visual magic in film, video and television. If you want to become a 3D animator or special effects artist, Fairleigh Dickinson University can help you turn your digital arts interest into a successful profession. Our exceptional animation curriculum is focused on learning the latest industry standard tools, techniques and theory behind the creation of the 3D animations, motion graphics and digital art used in today’s entertainment industries.
Students interested in 3D computer animation, special effects, motion graphics and compositing learn the foundations necessary to produce high quality 3D digital artwork and animations in our Animation Program. Course work emphasizes the visual design component as well as the software necessary to create sophisticated computer artwork and animations. Our experienced faculty teaches software skills and artistic aesthetics, spanning 3D modeling up to the most complex character animation techniques, while focusing on creating practical projects which are commonly produced in today's professional digital media companies. Students complete their creative work using 3D Studio Max, ZBrush and After Effects which culminates in a senior project which is exhibited to the public prior to graduation.
Roman Kobryn, an FDU animation graduate, worked as a Character Animator at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver, BC. on "Hotel Transylvania 2" and "Angry Birds" which will be released May 20th 2016. He is currently back in NY working at Blue Sky Studios on "Ice Age 5".
Our students gain real world experience by completing industry internships for a variety of clients such as MTV, ABC, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studios, Dreamworks, NBC Universal at CNBC, NJ Jets, World Wresting Entertainment and Viacom among others. Many of our students have gone on to employment in these companies after graduation.
Spring 2016 - Fall 2016 Internships:
Morristown Medical Center
Pixel Light Digital Media
Our faculty are working professionals in 3D computer animation, motion graphics, special effects, game design and animation, web design and graphic design, bringing a wealth of real world experience and knowledge to share with our students. At Fairleigh Dickinson University we foster a creative hands-on environment where classes blend the foundations of artistic skill and animation with emerging technologies.
Above: Animation and Video Game Animation Students at the Closing Reception of the 3D Print Show Exhibit held in the Monninger Center Library.