The interest in animation is greater than ever. Groundbreaking animation is in demand, requiring animators to take creative risks.

MICA's Animation Department teaches the art of animation but also teaches creative thinking and flexibility - helping you respond to the ways that technology and science transform the potential of the medium. You are encouraged to develop a personal voice, take creative risks, thrive through collaboration and become innovators in the field.

May 16 – June 12, 2020

Left Out in the Patterning

In partnership with IA&A at Hillyer, the MICA Animation Department is honored to present Left Out in the Patterning, an online exhibition featuring the year-long thesis projects of the graduating class of 2020. Animation emerges from the arduous accumulation of small moments. Animators work frame by frame through measured outlines of movement trajectories that mix extemporaneous improvisation with pattern making in order to build a world’s interior logic. These projects unpack the importance of storytelling and reinvest in the power of voice during the obstacles of the present moment, itself unpredictable in its patterning. Students investigate themes ranging from the effects of microaggressions upon young women of color, nostalgia for natural habitats, to the ungodly awesomeness of rock and roll.

Animation majors collaborate with NASA scientists

Astro-Animation

Animation majors have the opportunity to work with outside partners, including scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. In recent years, our students have teamed with the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope team at Goddard to translate astrophysics concepts info animation. The results include short animated films, exploring such themes as binary stars and cosmic rays, that are helping NASA educate the public about the Fermi telescope and the science behind it.

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Knowing Mary by Kat Navarro + Enlarge
Transmission by Seth Izen + Enlarge
Sleepy Paper Dream Theater by Zach Lyles + Enlarge
Adrift by Rowena Yow + Enlarge

Knowing Mary

Artist
Kat Navarro
Date
2017

Mother's Touch

Artist
Audris Park and Jane Yeon
Date
2017

Sleepy Paper Dream Theater

Artist
Zach Lyles
Date
2017

Adrift

Artist
Rowena Yow
Date
2017
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Animation Department

Laurence Arcadias, Chair

Location

Brown 202

Adam Davies, Manager

Location

Brown 201

Contact

Samantha Rexrode, Administrative Assistant

Location

Brown 201