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BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects students at SVA are given the technical skills necessary to begin a successful career in film, television, commercial and video-game production. They have access to the most advanced digital applications and are guided to develop the personal and professional capabilities expected in the top tiers of highly competitive creative industries. Using a production-based curriculum, students create professional-quality portfolios each year.

The department offers concentrated studies in 3D computer animation, motion graphics, compositing and visual effects. The program is not based in technology alone: Students are required to develop drawing skills, an understanding of formal narrative and storytelling, the ability to work in a collaborative environment and a working knowledge of video and film post-production issues. Electives are offered in game design and electronic installation art, as are studio courses in fine art, film and animation, illustration, design and photography.

2016– 2017 student population

340 matriculated students

Department chair

Jimmy Calhoun

Some notable faculty members

Glenn Allen, Chris Chapman, Eran Dinur, Luke DiTommaso, David Hulin, Josephine Noh, Danica Parry, Eric Reinfeld, Ellen Su

Some notable alumni

Doug Bloom (Spiderman 3, X-Men), John Brennick (The Hunger Games, Deadpool, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Joe Burrascano (founder, executive creative director of Aardman Nathan Love), Jeremy Butler (Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, The Day After Tomorrow), Joshua Cordes (300, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mark Corotan (Apple), Andrew Dayton (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E), Jesse Flores, Seth Gollub, John Han (Pacific Rim, Heroes, Smallville, Superman Returns), Christina Haniszewski, Nitant Karnik, Jun Zee Myers, Jessenia Nauta, MontaQue Ruffin, Joel Sevilla (Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk), Fatema Tarzi (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph)

Student exhibitions

BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects sponsors a year-end screening of thesis projects and a portfolio night. Representatives from interactive agencies, animation houses and VFX studios, among others, are invited to attend. An annual exhibition of work produced by students is held at the SVA Flatiron Gallery.

Department website

More information

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