MICA approaches animation as an art form, empowering students to create eloquent and original work with an understanding of both the technology for production and the historical sources and contemporary social/artistic context of the medium. Study begins with the foundation for all compelling animation: the essence of character and narrative. Students sample both digital and traditional 2D and 3D tools and processes, and then dive in into the approaches that best suit your creative vision.

Alumni Profile: Natasha Nayo '15 

"I never knew something like a poster would draw me to such a great college,” said Natasha Nayo ’15 (animation), who was curious about the College after seeing a poster at her school with information on MICA’s programs.

In another clear sign of destiny, her art teacher in form three—the Ghanaian equivalent to ninth grade in the United States—was MICA alumna Mansa Nkrumah ’96 (visual communication design). Nkrumah explained to Nayo that going to school at MICA would be a lot of work, but absolutely worth it. After researching other schools and their animation programs, Nayo knew MICA was the school for her.

“It took me many months until I traveled to see MICA face-to-face and realized I really made it... I’m here,” Nayo said. She also said she finds inspiration in everyone at the College—her teachers and the students— who each have unique talents.

"I've met some artists who, like me, are really good at what they want to do, and others who discover they're good at something else. Sometimes, it's you who inspires them; it really is a great community of talents."

“I’ve been subconsciously open to more ideas and mediums than ever, and I’m overjoyed I finally have the privilege,” said Nayo, who hopes to either return to West Africa to spread her love of animation and illustration, or to join a multimedia company after graduating. “I’m still learning; I’ll forever continue learning, but I’m definitely getting better at what I’m comfortable with and challenging myself.”