I had started out as an Art/Painting major at another school.  During my freshman year I got a job in graphic design, and I knew that's what I wanted to do...
Melissa Mykal Batalin '06
EMAC gave me a breadth of study which became invaluable to me in my current job at DreamWorks Animation...
Eli Bocek-Rivele '06
The EMAC program taught me some of the necessary software to succeed in the field, along with many new ways of visualizing things and creating new ideas...
Christina Ciani '10
Certain courses taught me to look at everything from different perspectives, and that ... a situation may call for a non-traditional approach...
Kirk Duwel '03
I had the opportunity to work with feature animation right through graduation...
Adam Gaige '07
EMAC gave me an understanding of concepts and theories that I use every day in my career...
Josh Goldenberg '10
The diversity of classes I took while attending RPI as an EMAC student allowed me to discover my ideal career path...
Chris LaPointe '10
The EMAC program definitely prepared me for graduate school because it gave me an excellent foundation for a graphic design career...
Steve Lucin '08
It is unique that we receive a B.S. rather than a B.A. I think this opens a lot more opportunities...
Kimberly Gomboz '09
Being an EMAC major gave me the communication background needed for my job...
Emelie Hegarty '09
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Our EMAC graduates have careers across the spectrum in multimedia design. The interdisciplinary curriculum provides a strong background in communication, art, design, music, and technology that prepares them for creative positions in

  • major animation studios
  • video, music, and entertainment industries
  • graphic design and website/mobile design companies
  • advertising and marketing firms

Some graduates start their own companies and do independent consulting. The possibilities are endless!

Below is a list of some of our graduates. Click on their names to see what they're doing now and how EMAC helped them achieve their professional goals.

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Associate Producer, WWE

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I learned basic camera use and video editing in my classes at RPI.

Digital Storytelling (video/animation)

Professional Experience
I'm currently an Associate Producer with WWE, traveling on the road across the country each week. 


  • Coordinate the production of live and pre-taped backstage TV segments for Monday Night Raw, SmackDown!, and WWE Pay-Per-Views
  • Produce and interview celebrities such as Shaq, Snoop Dogg, Jeremy Piven, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Bob Barker, Carmen Elektra, and Seth Green
  • Work with TV producers of HBO 24/7, Access Hollywood, and The View to create segments for their respective shows involving WWE talent 
  • Field produce video packages for events involving WWE talent at red carpets, TV game show sets, U. S. Stock Exchange bell ringing, NFL training camps, and magazine photo shoots
  • Interview government officials, senators, mayors, governors, as well as CEOs, presidents, and vice presidents of Fortune 500 companies participating in joint community service events
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