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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Web Designer and Developer, Environmental Data Resources (EDR)

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When I interviewed, the people here were really impressed with my broad range of multimedia skills, plus the humanities, writing and math background that RPI also afforded me.  I had enough experience to be able to jump into a job that required some specialization in an area that wasn't my concentration and grow those skills significantly, while still taking advantage of other types of multimedia for side projects.

Animation (the current concentrations were defined later)

Professional Experience
The job that I still have 3-1/2 years later never was directly related to my concentration, but I made use of all the multimedia software that I learned in the EMAC program.  I evolved into more of a web designer/developer with this job, and for a while now I've been helping develop online mapping applications for EDR (Environmental Data Resources, Inc.), an environmental due-diligence company in Milford, CT.


  • Manage online/flash map applications
  • Create environmental reports
  • Learn about the Phase I Environmental Site Analysis (ESA) industry
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