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.

Program Objectives

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

The Faculty

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.

Animation student

The Facilities

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

“Magic Girl,” Ian Henderson

Animation Curriculum

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.

For more information, contact Dr. Laura Sommer in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at or (716) 839-8359.

Sydney Mangin


My dream job would be a character designer, for either television or film, but I would also be interested in doing storyboards or layout designs. And perhaps maybe even make my own feature film!