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.

EmelieHegarty 09

Communications and Donor Relations Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity

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Being an EMAC major gave me the communications background needed for my job but also provided an edge over other job candidates by having a graphic design skillset. 

Graphic Design

Professional Experience
It took me over a year with the company to finally move into the role I wanted/fit with my major.  My job title is Communications and Donor Relations Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, South Carolina. I'm about to release our spring/summer newsletter. This took a lot of coordination in order to develop the articles, photographs and messaging that are all consistent with our branding and still be unique.


  • Coordinate all media and PR coverage for Habitat events and activities and cultivate relationships with media personnel
  • Develop advertising plans and collateral materials such as brochures, flyers, articles, monthly email blasts and quarterly newsletters to effectively market Habitat for Humanity and communicate our mission and volunteer/financial needs in the community
  • Photograph events, families, and builds for print materials
  • Coordinate with professional writer, designer and print company
  • Create targeted mailing lists according to audience
  • Manage/update website content for www.habitatgreenville.org and www.greenvillerestore.org  
  • Network among businesses, churches and civic groups to promote potential donor relationships
  • Write grants to businesses and private foundations to fund programs of affiliate
  • Maintain donor database
  • Create a PR campaign involving Habitat for Humanity, Women Build and a contestant for Miss South Carolina
  • Plan a Fundraising Gala
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