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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Freelance Photographer

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The diversity of classes I took while attending RPI as an EMAC student allowed me to discover my ideal career path. Each class that I took gave me a different perspective and skill set to utilize outside of the classroom. The EMAC program made me a more well-rounded student, which then gave me more options on the career paths that I could choose.

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Professional Work
I am currently working in NYC as a freelance photographer and photo assistant/digital technician.  My career path started out VERY wide and then slowly narrowed down.  As a freelancer, I work in a variety of different worlds and hold many different "positions."  I love my job!

In just one week I worked as:

  • photo assistant for a Maxim magazine photo shoot
  • digital tech for Saks Fifth Avenue on model shoots
  • photo re-touch technician for a baby toy company (Skip Hop)
  • photographer for two high-end weddings
  • assistant for a commercial still life photographer
  • freelance graphic designer for Sept. issue of Forum magazine (my third cover for Forum)

 I also do my own photo shoots to expand my business.

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