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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Technical Director, DreamWorks Animation

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EMAC gave me a breadth of study which became invaluable to me in my current job at DreamWorks Animation.  By learning the fundamentals of film making and graphic design, it gave me a solid foundation on which I was able to build here in my current role.  For example, all the terms and actions one uses with doing live action film making (as I did in EMAC classes) directly translate over to the animated CG film world (how one sets up lighting, what different camera controls do, etc.) Though my desire was to work in a very specialized industry, all of the classes I took and the whole foundation of the EMAC program gave me the broad understanding that allows me to succeed in my job.

Digital Storytelling (focusing on computer graphic art/animation)

Professional Work
I am totally where I wanted to be, given the work I did at RPI.  I work as a Lead Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation.  My role it is to write new CG film pipelines and artist tools which allow them to make feature films.


  • Lighting Technical Director on Madagascar 2 and Monsters vs. Aliens
  • FX Technical Director on Megamind
  • Designer of a demolition system for the destruction effects in Megamind (which was just accepted to SIGGRAPH 2011 conference as a paper and talk)
  • Currently Lead Technical Director working on Next-Gen technology, specifically production integration of the new systems being developed for all shows going forward
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