Digital technology pervades our culture, empowering individuals to transform the way we look at the world. The Design + Animation program, offered at the main campus in Dobbs Ferry, investigates the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative self-expression, and explore perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to prepare students for careers in animation/gaming and communication design.
Design and Animation at Mercy College investigates the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative self-expression, and explore perception and interaction among people, objects, and ideas. Our program offers a comprehensive four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree supported by the highest quality resources and facilities; it prepares students for careers in animation/gaming and communication design.
Design and Animation (formerly Computer Arts + Design) B.F.A. Curriculum
Students who choose the major concentration in Design + Animation must complete:
General Education Requirements
CINQ 101 Critical Inquiry
ENGL 111 Written English & Literature Studies I
ENGL 112 Written English & Literature Studies II
SPCM 110 Oral Communications
MATH 115 Mathematics for Liberal Arts for the Liberal Arts or MATH 116, College Algebra
JRSM 301 Junior Seminar
Plus, choose three credits from each of the areas below:
Literature and Communication: Literature, Speech, Communication
Language and Cultural Perspectives: World Languages
Ethical Perspectives: Philosophy, Religion
Historical and Global Perspectives: History, Political Science, Geography
Scientific Perspectives: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Astronomy
Social Perspectives: Sociology, Psychology, Economics
Major Required Classes (39 Credits)
CART 110 Foundation I: Design Principles
CART 120 Foundation I: Design & Digital Skill
CART 200 Drawing I
CART 214 Drawing II
CART/ARTT 215 History of Art I
CART/ARTT 216 History of Art II
CART 225 Foundation II: Process, Composition, Color
CART 245 Sound Design
CART 300 Drawing III: Figure Drawing
CART 315 Animation History
CART 316 Design History
CART 495 Senior Studio
CART 496 Senior Project
Major Electives (36 Credits)
Select 13 courses from the following*:
CART 240 Storyboarding
CART 250 Modeling I
CART 255 Modeling II
CART 260 Motion Graphics I
CART 320 2D Animation
CART 325 Video
CART 330 Painting I
CART 335 Visual Storytelling
CART 340 Digital Animation I
CART 345 Digital Animation II
CART 440 Digital Animation III
CART 360 Game Design I
CART 370 Graphic Design I: Word and Image
CART 375 Graphic Design II: Grid and Identity
CART 470 Graphic Design III: Complex Content Systems and Personal Voice
CART 395 Special Topics Design + Animation
CART 397 Independent Study Design + Animation
CART 399 Internship in Design + Animation
CART 425 Animation Techniques
CART/CISC 219 Web Design I
CART/CISC 259 Web Design II
CART/MEDA 258 Fundamentals of Writing for Film and Television
CART/MEDA 262 Introduction to Acting
Open electives may be fulfilled with approved transfer credits from another institution or courses from any other Mercy College program. It is highly recommended that majors take courses in the cognate programs of Media Studies, Music Industry and Technology, and Computer Information Systems.
By the end of this program, students should be able to:
Critique his or her work and that of his or her peers from a well-informed perspective including knowledge of historical, creative, and technical aspects of art and design.
Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and skills necessary to be successful in the field by actively engaging in classroom critiques, assigned readings, course projects, or independent research.
Identify and use the appropriate production tools and techniques to complete advanced work in design.
Create a sophisticated body of work that demonstrates proficiency or expertise in design.
Identify and use the appropriate production tools and techniques to complete advanced work in animation.
Create a sophisticated body of work that demonstrates proficiency or expertise in animation.
Identify opportunities for continued education and training for advancement in the field.
The Design and Animation program is housed at Mercy's main campus in Dobbs Ferry, New York, twenty-miles from midtown Manhattan.
The program has two digital design/animation studios and a traditional drawing/painting/design studio. Each digital studio consists of 12-17 dedicated computer stations. All stations in our digital studios are equipped with Cintiq Interactive Pen Displays. Digital Studios are either Macintosh or Windows platform, and offer two- and three-dimensional animation, digital video, color printing, and scanning capabilities. Digital photography and video cameras are available for student use. The software is updated yearly. Each digital studio has dedicated video projection and audio equipment for classroom demonstrations and critiques.
Our facilities have more software than you will ever need! Our primary software packages include Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects, Animate, Dreamweaver and Premiere; Apple Final Cut and iLife suite; DigiDesign ProTools; and Maya, Zbrush, and Nuke.
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In order to be admitted into the Design + Animation major, students must submit a portfolio of artwork and essay to be reviewed by the Portfolio Review Admission Committee.
Contact the program for information and procedures for the portfolio review. Students who are not prepared to submit a portfolio may enroll in CART 200 with the permission of the program head. Work from this course may be used to complete the portfolio review. Students will not be allowed to take additional CART courses until the portfolio review has been satisfactorily completed.
Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 in all attempted and completed Major courses. If the GPA in the major is less than 2.5, the student will be subject to a formal assessment of his/her aptitude for the subject matter and standing in the program and may be dismissed from the major.
There is a 21-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Design + Animation.
What career paths will graduates be able to pursue?
Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Interface Design, Information Design, Multimedia Design, Web Design, Digital Media Design, Package Design, Design for Film & Television (Motion Graphics), Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Digital Imaging, Digital and Classical Two- and Three-dimensional Animation, CGI Modeling, Character Animation, Special Effects (SFX), Storyboarding & Scripting, Prototyping & Playtesting for Gaming, Level Design, Digital Painting, Rotoscoping, Filming with Digital Video, Post Production & Editing, Art Direction, Creative Direction.