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Type
Graduate, MFA
Start Term
Fall Only
Credits
60
Duration
2 Years
Courses
Plan of Study
School and Department
School of Art,
Digital Arts and Animation

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.  

Student Work

The Experience

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Jun Huang, MFA Animation 2019

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.

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Steven Balthay, MFA Animation 2017

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.

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.

Everett Kane

Associate Professor

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Claudia Tait

Professor

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Douglas Easterly

Chairperson of Digital Arts and Animation

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Our Alumni

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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.

Success Stories

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I'm not a regular grad, I'm a Pratt grad.

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I'm not a regular grad, I'm a Pratt grad.

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Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

#PrattGrad24 #PrattInstitute
Just a few of the personalized mortar boards that we spotted at Wednesday's commencement ceremony. 🎓 

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Here's to all the late nights, early mornings, and everything in between.  Cheers to your achievements, we can't wait to see what you do next! 🌟 

Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

Here's to all the late nights, early mornings, and everything in between.  Cheers to your achievements, we can't wait to see what you do next! 🌟 

Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

Here's to all the late nights, early mornings, and everything in between.  Cheers to your achievements, we can't wait to see what you do next! 🌟 

Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

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Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

Here's to all the late nights, early mornings, and everything in between.  Cheers to your achievements, we can't wait to see what you do next! 🌟 

Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

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Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🎓 You did it! Congratulations to the Class of 2024! 🎉

Here's to all the late nights, early mornings, and everything in between.  Cheers to your achievements, we can't wait to see what you do next! 🌟 

Images: Students celebrating at Radio City Music Hall; President Frances Bronet addresses the class of 2024; Honorees Sarah Lewis, Doris Magsaysay Ho, and John Pai.

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🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner!

The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks!

Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. 

Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ 

#PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
🏆 We're thrilled to announce Emilio Pompetti as this year's Christopher Hunte "On Point" Award winner! The Brooklyn native's 9-look collection beautifully reinterprets iconic sports apparel with feminine silhouettes and artistic patterns. Swipe to see all the looks! Selected annually by our fashion faculty, with input from industry experts, the "On Point" Award recognizes excellence in fashion design. The $10,000 prize, in memory of Pratt faculty member Christopher Hunte, honors a student whose work exemplifies the talent and dedication of its namesake. Congratulations, Emilio, on this well-deserved honor! ✨ #PrattFashion #PrattInstitute #FashionDesign
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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:

  • Augenblick
  • Blue Sky
  • Bunko Studios
  • BuzzFeed
  • Cartoon Network
  • Curious Pictures
  • Digital Domain
  • Dilussion Inc
  • Disney Animation Studios
  • Dragon Egg Entertainment
  • Dream Factory
  • Dreamworks Studios
  • Framestore
  • Frost Productions
  • Gameloft
  • Giant Fox Studio
  • Industrial Light & Magic
  • iNK Stories
  • ITHAKA
  • Launch
  • Lutron
  • Malka Media
  • Media Monks
  • The Mill
  • Nathan Love
  • NBCUniversal, Inc
  • Psyop
  • Rhythm and Hues Studios
  • Shadow Machine Films
  • Sony Imageworks
  • Steror D
  • Thorlabs
  • Threshold
  • Thrillist
  • Titmouse
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • White

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