3D Animation and Motion Arts at Pratt
The MFA in 3D Animation and Motion Arts provides the basis for you to fully invest in your talents as a storyteller and animator. Throughout the program, you will acquire and enhance skills across a spectrum of techniques, encompassing modeling, animation, texturing, lighting, and rendering. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to further explore audio, visual effects, and experimental methods like stop-motion, allowing you to personally tailor your study pathway.
The 3D Animation and Motion Arts MFA journey is grounded on the pursuit of mastering digital technologies, cultivating personal growth, and driving societal impact through fine art. A range of skills-focused courses interrogate the latest software, hardware, and other emerging technological systems, exploring their innovative applications through screen-based storytelling and experimental narrative. Through seminars, workshops, and a visiting artist series, students gain a comprehensive framework for sharing, debating, and evaluating the historical and contemporary advancements within the field.
New York City serves as the ideal catalyst for this experience. Through in-class and extracurricular excursions, students tap into our unique position at the vanguard of contemporary art practice.
Digital Arts Facilities
Students in the 3D Animation and Motion Arts MFA have excellent labs with access to several digital computing facilities that are outfitted with state of the art Apple and Windows computer stations. These computers are loaded with top of the line software including Maya, Houdini, TouchDesigner, MaxMSP, Nuke, ToonBoom, Adobe Suite, Ableton, ProTools, and much more. MFA students also have access to shared Digital Arts facilities that include a green screen room, audio editing suite, a variety of 3D printers, laser cutter, ink-jet printers and a world-class surround-sound VR production/presentation suite. Further access to Pratt Institute facilities is also possible, including fine art workshops and a large photogrammetry volume.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Arts graduates become leading contributors to the arts with a commitment to the cultural enrichment of society. After graduation, Pratt Alumni can be found featured in important publications, exhibiting in galleries and new media institutions and working in major creative industries.
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From the Catalog
Students create evocative narrative and non-narrative films and installations using 2-D and 3-D digital animation techniques, live action, and motion graphics. Recommended electives include history of animation, film criticism, traditional animation, character design and rigging, lighting and rendering, audio and video, compositing and special effects, and advanced digital animation techniques.
Digital Arts Graduates become leading professionals in the creative industries with a commitment to innovative and significant artistic practice.
AFTER GRADUATION PRATT ALUMNI CAN BE FOUND WORKING AND FREELANCING IN DIVERSE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES:
- Blue Sky
- Bunko Studios
- Cartoon Network
- Curious Pictures
- Digital Domain
- Dilussion Inc
- Disney Animation Studios
- Dragon Egg Entertainment
- Dream Factory
- Dreamworks Studios
- Frost Productions
- Giant Fox Studio
- Industrial Light & Magic
- iNK Stories
- Malka Media
- Media Monks
- The Mill
- Nathan Love
- NBCUniversal, Inc
- Rhythm and Hues Studios
- Shadow Machine Films
- Sony Imageworks
- Steror D
- Walt Disney Animation Studios
ALUMNI HAVE ALSO GONE TO CAREERS IN ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS INCLUDING:
- LaGuardia CUNY
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- University of Florida, Digital Worlds Institute
- Hoseo Technical College
- New York University
- New York Institute of Technology
- Howard University
- American Academy in Rome
- Stony Brook University
- National Taiwai Normal University