Film and Animation Major - Video Game Animation Concentration

Available on the Florham Campus, Madison, NJ
Visual & Performing Arts Department

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Given the latest innovations in video games, the industry is booming. Thus the need for well-educated game designers and game animators is on the rise! Because of the technical and artistic demands of this career, a college-level education in video games is crucial. With a BA degree concentrating in Video Game Animation from Fairleigh Dickinson University, our students gain the skills necessary to enter this exciting industry doing something they are truly passionate about.

Our program focuses on the artistic side of video game production. Students study the formulation of the visual and interactive content, goals and gameplay of video games. The course work for this concentration emphasizes the visual and design components while learning the software necessary to produce animation for video games. Students learn the skills to create 3D animation as it applies to video games while constructing practical projects which are commonly produced in professional gaming companies. Students complete their creative work using 3D Studio Max, Unreal, Unity and ZBrush. The program culminates in a senior project where the students design and create a game prototype that displays all of the techniques and aesthetics learned in their previous classes.

Tracey Landau, an FDU animation graduate, became a VFX Artist for Telltale Games in San Rafael, CA. She created VFX for "Tales from the Borderlands," and is currently working on "Walking Dead: Michonne," "Minecraft," "Story Mode," "Batman" and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

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Our students gain real world experience by completing industry internships for a variety of clients such as Telltale Games, MTV, Nickelodeon, High Five Games, Blindhack Software, Picatinny Arsenal, Chasin 3D, and Skyworks Interactive among others. A number of our students have gone on to employment in these companies after graduation.

Our faculty are working professionals in animation, gaming, web design, interactive multimedia and graphic design, bringing a wealth of real world experience and knowledge to share with our students.

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Above: Animation and Video Game Animation Students at the Closing Reception of the 3D Print Show Exhibit held in the Monninger Center Library.

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Contact:

Robin Barkley
Director of the Animation and Video Game Animation Programs
Tel: 973-443-8693
robinart@aol.com

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Madison, NJ 07940

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