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

MICA's Animation Department teaches the art of animation but also teaches creative agility - 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.

Program Overview

In cultivating an animation community that is rooted in Baltimore, the Animation Department provides real-world experience to students by leveraging partnerships with local organizations and experts in areas including medicine, science, astronomy, music, gaming, documentary, VR/AR, and cinema. Animation students at MICA learn to create original contemporary artwork with technical accuracy, character depth, and unique narrative arcs.

We use state-of-the-art processes and industry standard computer hardware and software. We don't just train our students in the mechanics of production, we teach the integration of technology and storytelling best practices. 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.

Animation Department

Laurence Arcadias, Chair

Location

Brown 203

Adam Davies, Manager

Location

Brown 203

Contact

Anne Marie Rooney, Administrative Assistant

Location

Brown Center, Second Floor

Animation majors work on real-world projects

Space Age 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.

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 stories: