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Unleash your imagination by producing narratives that inspire and amaze audiences. Immerse yourself in the dynamic realm of animation, where you will learn a range of studio practices that incorporate traditional, digital, and experimental methods.  
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Type
Undergraduate, BFA
Credits
126
Duration
4 Years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Digital Arts and Animation

Digital Arts: 2D Animation at Pratt

The 2D Animation program emphasizes experimental storytelling that communicates a spectrum of ideas and emotions, encompassing both personal narratives and broader societal observations. Starting with traditional paper-based techniques, students progress to mastering industry-standard software for 2D animation, editing and compositing. Further explorations may include stop-motion, puppet fabrication, experimental animation, 3D animation and performance. Throughout the program, there is a focus on fostering expression and directorial voice. Group projects play a pivotal role in nurturing collaborative and professional soft skills, ensuring that students excel in the professional world.

Student Work

The Experience

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Star Ren, BFA 2D Animation ’22

The 2D Animation pathway introduces an amazing range of tools and techniques taught by internationally renowned faculty. Studio courses factor in every semester, lending ample opportunity to create an impressive graduation showreel. Most courses are located in our award-winning Myrtle Hall facility, which is less than 30 minutes away from hundreds of New York’s world famous cultural institutions, many of which sponsor our students through internships.  When not in class, our students are soaking up the limitless screenings, openings, festivals, shows and exhibitions that are occurring throughout the year in New York City.

Digital Arts Facilities

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Students in the 2D Animation BFA have excellent studios with access to several digital computing facilities that are outfitted with state of the art Apple computer stations. These computers are loaded with top of the line animation software including Nuke, ToonBoom, TVPaint, Adobe Suite, Ableton, ProTools, and much more.

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All 2D Animation students also have access to shared Digital Arts facilities that include a green screen room, an audio editing suite, a variety of 3D printers, laser cutter, ink-jet printers and a world-class spatial computing lab. Further access to Pratt Institute facilities is also possible, including fine art workshops and a large photogrammetry volume.

Internships

The Department of Digital Arts and Animation offers an internship program tailored to digital artists. Throughout the academic year, students partake in internship opportunities at a variety of studios and companies in the metropolitan New York area, gaining skills and experience in areas covering animation, visual effects, motion graphics, game design, interaction design, fine arts, and publishing. 

The internship program places students on their career paths, providing experiences that aid in determining their educational and professional goals. Internships may be taken for college credit by both undergraduate and graduate students. While the Department has our own Internship Coordinator, students may also want to visit Pratt’s extensive network and dedicated staff that supports and facilitates Internships and Industry Connections.

Study Abroad

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Immersing yourself in another culture is an incredible experience that can extend the boundaries of creativity. Study abroad programs are an integral part of the college experience, and Pratt has deep connections with university partners around the world. See where you can go.

Learning Resources

We develop disciplinary fluency in our program of study and we celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of design critical to address the plurality and complexity of the environments in which we operate. Learning resources.

Our Faculty

Pratt’s distinguished faculty of outstanding creative professionals and scholars share a common desire to develop each student’s potential and creativity to the fullest. Bringing different views, methods, and perspectives they provide a rigorous educational model in which students make and learn. See all Digital Arts faculty and administrators.

Culture & Community

Michael Enright

Assistant Professor

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Caitlin Craggs

Assistant Professor

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Our Alumni

2D Animation alumni have risen to the tops of their fields in affordable housing, community economic development, transportation, government, community development and advanced research.

Where they Work

Some examples of where our alumni have gone on to work include Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Titmouse.

Success Stories

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  • 🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams.

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  • Join us to celebrate the bold work and big creative ideas from our graduating students! Pratt Shows events, exhibitions, and presentations are all free and open to the public and happening now through May! Check out the link in our bio to see what's next.

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  • Pratt Alumnus Jared Diaz, BFA ‘17, returned to campus for “The Art of Social Justice,” a conversation with Jah Davis, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (@PrattCEI).

Part of the Center of Equity and Inclusion’s “Artist Spotlight Series,” Diaz shared his journey and art practice with students and community members on our Brooklyn campus. An alumnus of Pratt Munson, it was thrilling to hear Diaz is planning for a mural at the Utica campus!

Diaz spoke on how he uses public art to uplift stories of Black excellence and historic moments in civil rights and racial justice. His non-profit, Open Air Projects, utilizes mural art to address social issues and inspires collaborative work. 

This event was made possible by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the  Office of Student Involvement. 

Image: Diaz (@ArtByDiaz) speaks with Jah Davis and Pratt students at “The Art of Social Justice” event.
  • The annual Black History Month Art Show is on view now in the @PrattStudentUnion and the Center for Equity and Inclusion!

Organized by @PrattCEI, the exhibition invites current Pratt undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of the Black diaspora to submit work honoring, celebrating, and spotlighting themes related to Black history and Black culture. 

From historic moments in civil rights to intimate moments of self-reflection the artworks capture the diversity and nuance of the Black experience.

Video: Overview of the artwork on display in the Student Union.
Artists include: Violet Cleary, Morvens Regis, Catherine Chattergoon, Keyarow Mosley, Ransom Scott, Fae Lugo and Manar Balh.
Footage from @PrattCEI
  • Abby Cheney, MFA Fine Arts '18, created a filigree monolith that served as the centerpiece for the Fall 2024 @ullajohnson show during New York City Fashion Week!

Check out how the creation came together on @abby__cheney's profile. 

#UllaJohnson #NYCFW #FashionWeek #FineArt #MFA #Fashion #Sculpture
  • Looks from Laurel DeWitt, BFA Fashion ‘05, and Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design ‘11, contributed to @beyonce’s combination Verizon commercial and album announcement airing during last night’s Super Bowl!

DeWitt continues her reign as the queen of metal and chain with a chainmail dress and hat for the 16 Carriages visualizer and a metal bra top for the Texas Hold ‘Em cover art!

Sokol contributed two toppers for the Verizon ad, a pink wide brimmed “Bar Bey” hat and a chrome cowgirl hat. Both looks reference work Sokol has previously done for Beyoncé’s blockbuster summer tour. 

@prattfashion @prattinteriors @sarahsokolmillinery @laureldewitt @prattalumni 

#actII #PrattInstitute #PrattAlumni
  • Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Awards honor creatives, artists, and professionals who break boundaries, defy odds, and make statements through their work and lives.

This year, Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to: 

Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing)’19 (@DevinBJohnson)
Rising Star Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for significant success and promise of sustained contributions to their creative industry.

Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (@marilyn.nance)
Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a Pratt graduate whose work has challenged existing paradigms over the course of a prominent career.

Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (@ContentDirector)
Impact Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for contributions that have made a deep and meaningful positive impact.

Visit the link in our bio to register for the event!

Images: Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) ’19 (photo courtesy of Devin B. Johnson); Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (photo by RaFia Santana); Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (photo by Kyle Meeks).
  • Pratt Shows is here! Catch the first BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition now in the ARC Pratt Photography Gallery. Congrats Leslie Spinoza, Autumn Calkins-Condit, and Gabrielle Tallman!

New exhibitions open every Monday.

Discover bold work and big creative ideas by Pratt Institute’s graduating students—events and exhibitions in 30+ different fields, now through May.

#PrattShows #PrattInstitute #PrattPhotography
Katherine Duclos, MFA Fine Art (Painting and Drawing) '11 sees LEGO bricks as the “start of something”, using them as tools to bring big ideas to life. Her relationship with color and unique use of bricks is a great inspiration to continue pushing the boundaries of creativity, play, and self-expression. Repost from @lego via @PrattFineArt #MFA #FineArt #Lego #PrattInstitute #Pratt
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Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams.

Photos: @josportrd

#PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
🏀 The annual Alumni Basketball Game took place last weekend! This year's game honored Richard Lebenson, BFA Fine Arts (Painting) '66, MFA '68. The award-winning Brooklyn artist and illustrator worked in a variety of capacities at Pratt from 1986 to 1998, from the admissions office to coaching both men's and women's teams. Photos: @josportrd #PrattInstitute #CollegeBasketball #AtlanticEastConference #NCAADivisionIII
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Part of the Center of Equity and Inclusion’s “Artist Spotlight Series,” Diaz shared his journey and art practice with students and community members on our Brooklyn campus. An alumnus of Pratt Munson, it was thrilling to hear Diaz is planning for a mural at the Utica campus!

Diaz spoke on how he uses public art to uplift stories of Black excellence and historic moments in civil rights and racial justice. His non-profit, Open Air Projects, utilizes mural art to address social issues and inspires collaborative work. 

This event was made possible by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the  Office of Student Involvement. 

Image: Diaz (@ArtByDiaz) speaks with Jah Davis and Pratt students at “The Art of Social Justice” event.
Pratt Alumnus Jared Diaz, BFA ‘17, returned to campus for “The Art of Social Justice,” a conversation with Jah Davis, Assistant Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (@PrattCEI). Part of the Center of Equity and Inclusion’s “Artist Spotlight Series,” Diaz shared his journey and art practice with students and community members on our Brooklyn campus. An alumnus of Pratt Munson, it was thrilling to hear Diaz is planning for a mural at the Utica campus! Diaz spoke on how he uses public art to uplift stories of Black excellence and historic moments in civil rights and racial justice. His non-profit, Open Air Projects, utilizes mural art to address social issues and inspires collaborative work. This event was made possible by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Student Involvement. Image: Diaz (@ArtByDiaz) speaks with Jah Davis and Pratt students at “The Art of Social Justice” event.
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DeWitt continues her reign as the queen of metal and chain with a chainmail dress and hat for the 16 Carriages visualizer and a metal bra top for the Texas Hold ‘Em cover art!

Sokol contributed two toppers for the Verizon ad, a pink wide brimmed “Bar Bey” hat and a chrome cowgirl hat. Both looks reference work Sokol has previously done for Beyoncé’s blockbuster summer tour. 

@prattfashion @prattinteriors @sarahsokolmillinery @laureldewitt @prattalumni 

#actII #PrattInstitute #PrattAlumni
Looks from Laurel DeWitt, BFA Fashion ‘05, and Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design ‘11, contributed to @beyonce’s combination Verizon commercial and album announcement airing during last night’s Super Bowl! DeWitt continues her reign as the queen of metal and chain with a chainmail dress and hat for the 16 Carriages visualizer and a metal bra top for the Texas Hold ‘Em cover art! Sokol contributed two toppers for the Verizon ad, a pink wide brimmed “Bar Bey” hat and a chrome cowgirl hat. Both looks reference work Sokol has previously done for Beyoncé’s blockbuster summer tour. @prattfashion @prattinteriors @sarahsokolmillinery @laureldewitt @prattalumni #actII #PrattInstitute #PrattAlumni
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Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Awards honor creatives, artists, and professionals who break boundaries, defy odds, and make statements through their work and lives.

This year, Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to: 

Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing)’19 (@DevinBJohnson)
Rising Star Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for significant success and promise of sustained contributions to their creative industry.

Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (@marilyn.nance)
Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a Pratt graduate whose work has challenged existing paradigms over the course of a prominent career.

Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (@ContentDirector)
Impact Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for contributions that have made a deep and meaningful positive impact.

Visit the link in our bio to register for the event!

Images: Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) ’19 (photo courtesy of Devin B. Johnson); Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (photo by RaFia Santana); Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (photo by Kyle Meeks).
Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Awards honor creatives, artists, and professionals who break boundaries, defy odds, and make statements through their work and lives.

This year, Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to: 

Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing)’19 (@DevinBJohnson)
Rising Star Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for significant success and promise of sustained contributions to their creative industry.

Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (@marilyn.nance)
Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a Pratt graduate whose work has challenged existing paradigms over the course of a prominent career.

Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (@ContentDirector)
Impact Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for contributions that have made a deep and meaningful positive impact.

Visit the link in our bio to register for the event!

Images: Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) ’19 (photo courtesy of Devin B. Johnson); Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (photo by RaFia Santana); Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (photo by Kyle Meeks).
Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Awards honor creatives, artists, and professionals who break boundaries, defy odds, and make statements through their work and lives.

This year, Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to: 

Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing)’19 (@DevinBJohnson)
Rising Star Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for significant success and promise of sustained contributions to their creative industry.

Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (@marilyn.nance)
Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a Pratt graduate whose work has challenged existing paradigms over the course of a prominent career.

Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (@ContentDirector)
Impact Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for contributions that have made a deep and meaningful positive impact.

Visit the link in our bio to register for the event!

Images: Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) ’19 (photo courtesy of Devin B. Johnson); Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (photo by RaFia Santana); Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (photo by Kyle Meeks).
Pratt’s Alumni Achievement Awards honor creatives, artists, and professionals who break boundaries, defy odds, and make statements through their work and lives. This year, Alumni Achievement Awards will be presented to: Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing)’19 (@DevinBJohnson) Rising Star Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for significant success and promise of sustained contributions to their creative industry. Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (@marilyn.nance) Lifetime Achievement Award, honoring a Pratt graduate whose work has challenged existing paradigms over the course of a prominent career. Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (@ContentDirector) Impact Award, recognizing a Pratt graduate for contributions that have made a deep and meaningful positive impact. Visit the link in our bio to register for the event! Images: Devin B. Johnson, MFA Fine Arts (Painting and Drawing) ’19 (photo courtesy of Devin B. Johnson); Marilyn Nance, BFA Communications Design ’76 (photo by RaFia Santana); Nasreen Alkhateeb, BFA Fine Arts ’07 (photo by Kyle Meeks).
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