Animation students at MICA learn to create eloquent and original contemporary artwork through comprehensive training in the technology for production and a thorough study of character and narrative. Through exploration and experimentation using state-of-the-art processes and industry standard computer hardware and software, students emerge from the program as fully-developed artists able to articulate a creative vision using 2D, stop motion, and 3D animation, or a combination of approaches.

Student 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.

Natasha Nayo

"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.”

Distant Galaxies' Explosions Become Psychedelic Songs

Turner Gillespie started working with Sylvia Zhu this summer to develop animations to go along with her cosmic music during his internship at NASA.