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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 the newest cutting edge technologies propelling this exciting field.
3D rendering of a young girl with braces, in a room with posters, girl is rolling her eyes, pixar style
Rose by Emily Kimes, BFA 3D Animation, 2020
Type
Undergraduate, BFA
Credits
126
Duration
4 Years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Digital Arts and Animation

Digital Arts: 3D Animation at Pratt

The BFA in 3D Animation and Motion Arts prepares you with the knowledge and skills to flourish in the animation and visual effects sector. The fundamentals of core modeling, animation, compositing, and simulation software is the basis of the curriculum, guided by projects and assignments that ensure these skills are motivated by carefully constructed concepts and stories. 

Student Work

The Experience

3D rendering of a woman holding a young child, a girl with pigtails, roma nd window in background, made in a pixar style

The 3D 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, 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

Students in the 3D Animation BFA have excellent studios with access to several digital computing facilities that are outfitted with state of the art Apple and Windows/PC computer stations. These computers are loaded with top of the line animation software including Nuke, Maya, Houdini, Adobe Suite, ZBrush, Marvelous Designer, ProTools, and much more. All 3D Animation students also have access to shared Digital Arts facilities that include a green screen room, an audio editing suite, 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.

rendering of a forest path, at dusk, with very detailed volumetric effects, simulating fog between the trees, puddles of water on asphalt in foreground
Hsiu-Yu Lin, BFA, 3D Animation

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

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 art to critically 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.

Claudia Tait

Professor

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Everett Kane

Associate Professor

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Douglas Easterly

Chairperson of Digital Arts and Animation

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Our Alumni

3D Animation alumni have risen to the top of their fields exhibiting at prestigious venues as the Whitney Biennial and Sundance, and receiving top recognition such as with the Emmy and Oscar awards.

3d rendering of person in a hooded sweatshirt in the foreground, with war barracades and floodlights in the background
Jiayi Tang, BFA, 3D Animation

Where they work 

Our 3D Animation alumni have gone on to be top leaders at such imminent studios as Framestore, Crafty Apes, Pixar, and The Mill.  

Success Stories

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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
  • Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
  • The @PrattReefClub is dedicated to all things aquatic! Formed in 2012, the group maintains the aquariums in our campus Writing Center and explores local aquatic experiences. 

Follow them @PrattReefClub to learn more.

#Reef #Tropical #FishTank #Aquarium #SeaAnemone #Anemone #PrattInstitute
  • @TheeStallion shines in the work of two @PrattAlumni in her newest video for "Hiss"! Custom crystal neckpiece by Laurel Dewitt, BFA Fashion '05 (@laureldewitt) and custom hat from Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design '11 (@SarahSokolMillinery). It might be winter, but hot girl season has arrived.

#MeganTheeStallion #PrattFashion #PrattAlumni #PrattInstitute #HISS
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.
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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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
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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
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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
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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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
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Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
Pratt's MFA in Fine Arts (@PrattFineArt) and MFA in Photography (@PrattPhotography @PrattPhotographyMFA) facilities will move to the new Dock 72 building in the @BklynNavyYard, enabling access to a burgeoning creative community on the edge of Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. The new space features floor-to-ceiling windows, with abundant natural light and expansive views of the Manhattan skyline. Swipe to check the view!
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The @PrattReefClub is dedicated to all things aquatic! Formed in 2012, the group maintains the aquariums in our campus Writing Center and explores local aquatic experiences. Follow them @PrattReefClub to learn more. #Reef #Tropical #FishTank #Aquarium #SeaAnemone #Anemone #PrattInstitute
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@TheeStallion shines in the work of two @PrattAlumni in her newest video for "Hiss"! Custom crystal neckpiece by Laurel Dewitt, BFA Fashion '05 (@laureldewitt) and custom hat from Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design '11 (@SarahSokolMillinery). It might be winter, but hot girl season has arrived.

#MeganTheeStallion #PrattFashion #PrattAlumni #PrattInstitute #HISS
@TheeStallion shines in the work of two @PrattAlumni in her newest video for "Hiss"! Custom crystal neckpiece by Laurel Dewitt, BFA Fashion '05 (@laureldewitt) and custom hat from Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design '11 (@SarahSokolMillinery). It might be winter, but hot girl season has arrived.

#MeganTheeStallion #PrattFashion #PrattAlumni #PrattInstitute #HISS
@TheeStallion shines in the work of two @PrattAlumni in her newest video for "Hiss"! Custom crystal neckpiece by Laurel Dewitt, BFA Fashion '05 (@laureldewitt) and custom hat from Sarah Sokol, BFA Interior Design '11 (@SarahSokolMillinery). It might be winter, but hot girl season has arrived. #MeganTheeStallion #PrattFashion #PrattAlumni #PrattInstitute #HISS
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