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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Communication Specialist, NY/VT/NH Regional Health Care Company

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I believe that the EMAC program really prepared me for my current role. The best thing about the program is the intensive, real-world based curriculum. The simple fact that many, if not most of our teachers, are also working professionals in each of their fields provides all students with the advantage of working at a higher caliber. The instructors really push each student to work their best, and then push to make each of us even better.

Graphic Design

Professional Experience
My interests evolved my senior year at RPI. I grew to like the production aspect of print work including art direction, layout, and copy editing. I am currently working in a communications-focused position with a NY/VT/NH regional health care company that is headquartered in the Capital Region of NY, specializing in internal communications.


  • Strategize and create a multi-platform communications plan that increases the engagement of employees
  • Create a communications plan, detailing how and how often the company communicates with employees
  • Create an internal Twitter account and implement three editions of an internal weekly e-Newsletter 
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