The size of the streaming market for animation and visual effects content was $3.5 billion in 2019 and continues to grow.

Students learn to blend creativity and imagination with technique and technical skills rewarding careers in television, streaming, feature films, video games, and more.

Program Benefits

  • Students learn about character animation, storyboarding, 3D modeling and rigging, 2D rigging in Harmony, and character design. 
  • Program has dual focus on traditional drawn animation and the latest in computer graphics animation, with a heavy emphasis on strong narrative storytelling.
  • Daemen works closely with studios throughout the U.S. to help place students with exciting internships.
  • Our faculty are all industry professionals, having worked at Disney, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and more. 
  • They are still active in the animation industry.
  • Program is structured to meet the demands of a modern studio. All of the software and curriculum is aligned with current production techniques.
All High Art Weekend- Good Things are Coming
All High Art Weekend

Daemen College will host its annual All High Art Weekend in February, which consists of a Portfolio Scholarship Day and an art exhibition. Thousands of dollars in scholarships will be awarded to standout portfolios and artwork.

Career Outlook

From productions from Walt Disney and Adult Swim to action-adventure video games like Legend of Zelda, the multibillion dollar animation industry relies on a 100-year-old tradition that combines creativity with unique technical skills, which students learn in our program.

Graduates can pursue rewarding careers in many areas of the animation field, including television, streaming, animated feature films, visual effects for live action films, video games, and more.

Popular career options include

  • Animator
  • CG modeler or rigger
  • Storyboard artist
  • Character designer
  • Background designer
  • Animation director
  • Color stylist
  • Concept artist

animation professor

Director of Animation Michael Jones works with students at Daemen College who want to pursue a degree in animation. He has worked on animation projects for Walt Disney, DreamWorks and Cartoon Network, among others.

Amherst Bee article on Director of Animation Mike Jones

A television campaign for the British Broadcasting Corp. caught the attention of seven-year-old Michael Jones for a particular reason: it used the art of animation. 

An animator had shown the commercial that they created for the campaign and hung up their drawings in a town hall building in England. The campaign promoted the action of looking both ways when crossing the street.

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