The essence of animation is to give life to images and objects. These moving images then "live" to communicate a culture's stories or to convey the fundamental rhythms and patterns of being. MICA's animation students begin with a fundamental understanding of the art of movement. They work in 2D hand-drawn animation, 3D computer imaging, stop-motion and history of animation and innovative combinations of these processes. Students may choose to focus in either 2D or 3D animation or combine both approaches in their work.
Our alumni work for companies like DreamWorks, Blue Sky Studio, Disney, Yahoo, Laika, and MTV, and many continue their education in graduate programs or have successful careers as freelance artists in the field.
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Faculty, Students, Jemicy School Collaborate on Animations
Animation faculty member and local animator Lynn Tomlinson teamed with the Jemicy School, in Owings Mills, which educates students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences, to develop short animated films focusing on memory tricks that facilitate learning.
The collaboration is the result of a grant from MICA's Office of Community Engagement secured by Tomlinson, who is known for her work on Sesame Street and PBS Kids. During the course of the project, eight MICA students will work with eight 5th grade students on basic animation techniques including paper cut, clay, pixilation, and frame-by-frame flipbooks. Working in pairs, the students are animating mnemonic devices and other memory tricks that Jemicy students use to facilitate learning and make it fun. This project is in keeping with Jemicy's efforts to provide a multisensory and experiential education.
MICA students work with 5th graders at the Jemicy School
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