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Animation School at the New York Film Academy

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Animation School

The role of the animator in the entertainment industry has radically expanded over the past several decades and the animation school at the New York Film Academy reflects these changes. With a focus on immersing students in the fundamentals of 3D animation, visual effects, and 2D animation, our award-winning faculty has designed an intensive, hands-on curriculum to prepare the next generation of animators and visual effects artists for an ever-growing and competitive industry, making it one of the best animation schools in the world.

An unparalleled animation institute, the animation school at the New York Film Academy provides students with state-of-the-art facilities and hands-on experience with the industry standard Maya software and top-notch equipment.



Animation Courses

Students interested in taking an animation course at the New York Film Academy’s animation school can expect to take many of the below animation courses depending on which workshop or program they enroll in.

Modeling* Rigging*^ Introduction to Shaders*
Lighting & Cameras* Screenwriting^ Materials and Textures^
Storyboard^ Character Design^ Introduction to Animation*
3D Computer Modeling^ UV Mapping^ Rendering, Editing & Compositing*
Animation^ Lighting^ Hard Surface Nurbs Modeling^
Acting for Animation^ MEL and Python^ Particle Dynamics and Visual Effects^
ZBrush^ Mental Ray^ Putting Together Your Reel^
Compositing with Nuke^ Advanced Rigging^

*=Three- and Four-Week #E Animation Workshops
^=One-Year 3D Animation Conservatory Program


Animation Classes

Aspiring animators interested in taking an animation class at the animation school can enroll in one throughout the year. To learn more about the start dates and tuition rates for the animation classes, please click here.

Animation Degrees

Students that wish to obtain an animation degree can complete a one-year program at the Academy’s NYC campus and apply for advanced standing in the BFA animation degree program offered at our Los Angeles campus.

Animation Workshops

The animation school at the New York Film Academy offers a short-term workshop at our NYC campus designed for students who wish to obtain a working knowledge of the fundamentals of 3D animation.

Animation Programs

Designed to accommodate students looking to make a longer time commitment to their studies, the animation school at the New York Film Academy offers the following animation program.

Animation Faculty

In addition to its top-notch curriculum and facilities, the animation school at the New York Film Academy is home to a distinguished and accomplished faculty of professional 3D animators and visual effects artists. Each faculty member possesses a unique skill set that helps to create well-rounded students who are comfortable with the numerous aspects of the animation pipeline. Here are some of the faculty members students can expect to study under.
NYFA animation school chair Robert Appleton Robert Appleton: As chair of the animation school at the Academy’s NYC campus, Appleton has worked as an acclaimed professor of 3D animation and visual effects at a number of institutions including the Ecole Superieure de Realisation Audiovisuelle, Pratt Institute, New York University, and Bloomberg LP London UK.

NYFA animation school LA co-chair Juniko Moody Juniko Moody: With decades of experience in both 3D and 2D animation, Moody served as a production 3D lighting/compositor for Disney Feature Animation and Sony Imageworks in addition to working as a 2D compositor at Kodak Cineaste and Warner Digital. Moody’s transition to teaching came through holding corporate digital training in 2D and 3D animation for Dreamworks Feature Animation. Her teaching specialties include 3D animation, digital modeling, and lighting.

NYFA animation school co-chair Mark Sawicki Mark Sawicki: A visual effects cameraman with decades of experience, Sawicki was originally trained as a clay animator. After nearly forty years, Sawicki has eighty-nine visual effects credits under his belt, having worked on such blockbuster films as The Dark Knight Rises, Tropic Thunder, Gangs of New York, From Dusk Till Dawn, Cape Fear, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and The Terminator. In addition, he is also the author of Animating with Stop Motion Pro and Filming the Fantastic.

NYFA animation school faculty member Boaz Livny Boaz Livny: An instructor in Advanced Lighting and Shaders, Livny is a CG/VFX supervisor for various post-production companies in the NYC area that include Elementary and Recom Farmhouse. Furthermore, he runs his own company called Vision Animations that provides production services, consultancy, and in-house training for studios around the world. He is also the author of Mental Ray for Maya, 3ds Max, and XSI: A 3D Artists’s Guide to Rendering.

Animation Alumni

The animation school at the New York Film Academy regularly graduates successful alumni that have gone on to find employment in such diverse industries as animated films, animated series, visual effects work, video games, and much more.

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate from the animation school at the New York Film Academy have a number of career paths open to them, many of which are listed below. Furthermore, past graduates have gone on to work for a number of companies and organizations that include the following.

3D Modeling Character Development Art Direction
Storyboard Artist Architectural Modeling Layout Artist
Visual Effects Artist Character Rigger Key Animator
Lighting Technician Video Game Designer Stop Motion Animator
2D Animator Forensic Animator Texture Artist
Color Key Artist Compositing Artist Mathematical Modeler
Render Wrangler Cartoonist

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To learn more about the animation school at the New York Film Academy, prospective students are encouraged to call us at +1 (212) 674-4300 and follow the links below to download more information.



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