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Overview

Animation is an exciting and growing field with many career possibilities. Whether in major entertainment studios, independent film production, or new media practice such as video games, internet, portable devices, animation is in high demand. It is also an integral part of many other disciplines such as architectural, scientific or medical imaging, leading to research career opportunities.

The Animation Department at MICA is committed to helping students foster their dreams under the guidance and support of experienced animators. While students perfect their skills for professional practice they are also encouraged to explore and develop their personal voices. A balance between the hand-made and new technology, combined with acting, storytelling and critical thinking helps students sharpen their vision as responsible artists ready to engage in today's global art community. MICA also strongly promotes the international aspect of animation, developing bonds with Europe and Asia.

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, culminating in a thesis film in their final year.

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.

 

List of speakers:

Mark Holmes/Pixar
Mandakini Trivedi
Bezalel Academy- Israel
Suzan Pitt
Carlos Grangel
David Polonsky
Mike Cachuela /Laika
Bruce Bickford