Animation and Video Game Majors and Degrees
Florham Campus, Madison, NJ
Visual & Performing Arts Department
Digital animators create the visual magic in film, video, television and video games. The need for animation continues to grow at a rapid pace and is one of the premier careers in demand today. In a field that continually calls upon artists to integrate creative visual aesthetics with modern technology, our program provides the education necessary for students interested in mastering animation aimed at diverse target mediums and audiences. Whether it is to enhance a company's identity, market services and products, educate, demonstrate or entertain, literally every industry has a need for moving graphics. The result is lucrative career paths for talented visual artists. If you want to become an animator, visual effects artist, or game designer, Fairleigh Dickinson University can help you turn your digital arts interest into a successful profession.
Our majors offer undergraduate and masters degrees. In our undergraduate program students select from concentrations in 3D Animation, 2D Animation, or Video Game Animation. In our graduate programs students concentrate in 3D Character Animation, Visual Effects, or Video Games.
Our curriculum is focused on learning the latest industry standard tools, techniques and theory behind the creation of animation and interactive media used in today's entertainment industries. Our courses emphasize the visual design component as well as the software necessary to create sophisticated computer artwork and animations by implementing practical projects that parallel those commonly produced in today's professional digital media companies.
Our faculty are employed in the animation and/or gaming industry and each teacher is carefully screened and approved to teach only the courses in their areas of expertise. Our professors work for animation companies, entertainment industries, game development houses, architectural firms, military bases, motion graphics industries, as well as some of them run their own media companies that hire other animators and artists. Immersed in the real world, our award-winning faculty bring the most up-to-date skills and diverse techniques into our classrooms. Our students are encouraged to learn as much as they can from every faculty member in order to enable them to cast the widest net when pursuing employment after graduation. Since the industry changes at such a rapid pace, the importance of teaching the most recent animation and gaming industry techniques is the central focus of our curriculum. Our main objective is to prepare our students to go from the classroom directly into a variety of industries as seamlessly as possible.
Our facilities are comprised of a state of the art computer lab where we update our software on a annual basis. Students in all of our concentrations 3D print their models on site. In our new MFA program, students take courses in virtual reality and motion capture which gives them the opportunity to learn how to create, capture, process, and utilize data captured from live actors and import that data into their own digital 3D characters.
Our internship program allows students to gain real world experience by completing industry internships for clients such as MTV, ABC, Nickelodeon, Blue Sky Studios, Dreamworks, NBC Universal at CNBC, NJ Jets, World Wresting Entertainment, and Viacom among others. Every animator has their own aspirations and our faculty works hard to help each of our students reach their goals. New Jersey is the hub of the pharmaceutical industry as well as being home to a number of Fortune 500 companies, which offers students the opportunity to experience a variety of roles within a diversity of industries. With New York City just a short train ride away and the Midtown Direct line within walking distance of FDU, it is easy access for FDU interns to work on site in the city. Our unique location offers many different internship prospects and our animation internship program spans the gamut when it comes to the types companies that our students work with. Some have gone on to employment at the companies that they have interned for after graduation.
In 2017 FDU was ranked the #1 school in New Jersey for Animation by the Animation Career Review, "THE" online resource for people aspiring for careers in animation, game development/design/art, graphic design, digital art, and related fields.