Why Study Illustration and Animation?

    You love Pixar movies and comic books. You love to paint and draw and tell stories with images. You’re creative, and you’re developing your own visual style. In Illustration and Animation, you’ll learn to think critically, act creatively, and bring narratives alive with aesthetic precision and conceptual flair. 

    Why Study Illustration and Animation at MMC?

    To be an illustrator or animator, you must not only master industry-specific software and technology but also develop your artistry and cultivate your intellect. In other words, you must take advantage of the precise type of liberal arts education that MMC provides. 

    You will receive professional artistic training from accomplished practitioners who are deeply embedded and knowledgeable about New York City’s vibrant art scene. Take advantage of integrated study in theory, history, and practice of illustration and animation that will nurture you as an artist and creative thinker.

    In New York City, you’ll be surrounded by art and multimedia inspiration. Pop into one of the many art museums just a few blocks away from the College on Museum Mile. Intern at one of the city’s animation studios or get experience at a multimedia company. You will marvel at all the opportunities to cultivate your illustration and animation skills.

    What You Will Learn

    • You will hone your essential skills in the foundational principles of the discipline. Using the technique of rotoscoping and the most up-to-date digital software, you will bring narratives to visual life. 
    • You will build skills in drawing, painting, illustration, and animation while developing fluency in time-based media and the art of visual storytelling.
    • You will develop a professional portfolio toward a specific style and methodology of your choice.


    Department of Art and Art History
    (212) 517-0694

    Carson Hall, 700A

    Art History
    Carson Hall, 704

    Program Highlights

    Classes are offered in analog and digital illustration, motion graphics, 2D animation and 3D modeling. In addition, electives address storytelling, web design, video, multimedia, and interface design.
    You will learn via demonstrations, lectures, one-on-one consultations with professors, and design professionals in New York City. The breadth of these offerings results in a variety of educational experiences that will inform and guide your career choice.
    You will graduate with a professional portfolio suitable for entry into graduate studies or any number of illustration or animation career fields.

    Careers and Outcomes

    job titles

    • Creative Director
    • Animator
    • Art Director
    • Multimedia Designer
    • Marketing Manager
    • Product Designer
    • Illustrator
    • Artist


    • The New York Times
    • Viacom
    • Slanted Studios
    • Sesame Workshop
    • Paperless Post

    Sister Judith Savard Study Abroad Scholarship

    Study art and art history in another culture and context. This scholarship, named in honor of a longtime former faculty member, provides financial assistance to an Art or Art History student to study abroad.

    Learn more about the scholarship

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