The International Center for Excellence in Animation at Daemen College offers students with a committed interest in the art of animation the means to become fully versed in the process of traditionally narrative animated filmmaking.
A Bachelor's degree will benefit students whose interests lie in obtaining a job in the field of animation in one of the many positions available in a feature film pipeline, including: Character Design, Story Development, Art Direction, CG Technical Directors, and Character Animators. Students are educated in all aspects of production and become well-rounded filmmakers.
A unique feature of our program is its dual focus on traditional drawn animation and the latest in computer graphics animation, with a heavy emphasis on strong narrative storytelling stemming from the student’s unique personal perspective. The program is structured to meet the demands of a modern animation studio. All of the software and curriculum is aligned with current production techniques.
- Learn how to craft an animated film from start to finish
- Become proficient in both traditional animation and CG animation
- Learn the craft of character design
- Learn the art of the story artist
- Learn editing and sound skills
- Learn the latest in modeling and rigging in the CG environment
In addition to the faculty of Visual and Performing Arts, the faculty of the animation program represents the best the international animation community has to offer. The accomplishments of the faculty include successful careers in feature animated films, the most commercially successful video games and nationally recognizable commercial work.
The International Center for Excellence in Animation (ICEA), the Center is equipped with three studios, one editing room, a 65-seat screening room with 5.1 surround sound and 3D projection capabilities, and professional film equipment. The ICEA is the site for both the BFA in Animation and the Visual Effects (VFX) Certificate program.
- The animation program responds to industry needs for animators equipped with a high level of artistic training and creative ability.
- Daemen works closely with studios throughout the United States and Canada to help place students within internship programs.
- The program is built around multiple strengths, recognized by animation professionals and business leaders, including the combination of fine draftsmanship, character development and design, the use and understanding of film language and techniques, and a unique perspective to visual storytelling and filmmaking.
- The curriculum will foster the development of well-rounded learning experiences, better enabling students to actively participate in a complex world.
Work by Wilhelmina Nolting
Work by Whitney Travis
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Based on feedback from industry professionals currently employed at top animation companies, Daemen has created a program that provides the student with all of the necessary skills to succeed in a variety of career options. Each student will be educated in fundamental and life drawing skills, story development, basic acting techniques, and current animation technologies.
During their first year, students complete a foundations program in drawing and design while beginning their liberal arts requirements. Courses in animation, editing, and animation history are introduced within the first year.
The second year of the animation curriculum continues building strong animation skills, as well as character design, layout, and storyboarding. Additional coursework introduces advanced skills necessary for both hand drawn and computer animation before students specialize in a traditional track, or a Computer Generated Imagery animation track during the next two years.
Courses in advanced drawing skills and a liberal arts curriculum continue in the junior year of the animation program, but students begin to specialize in further developing skills in traditional or Computer Generated Imagery animation. Among the several animation electives available to third year students are gesture drawing, background painting, Maya animation, modeling and texturing in Maya, 2D animation effects, and advanced character design.
Advanced training continues during the senior year, but students are supervised on individual projects culminating in a short animated film. While completing their instruction, qualified students have the option to intern in professional animation studios with industry partners, both local and international. By the end of this year, students have developed a professional portfolio and completed a short animated film to present to future employers and exhibit in various festivals.