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
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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
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Emelie Hegarty '09
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Branda Miller

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Branda Miller


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  • MFA, New York University, 1992

Branda Miller is an internationally recognized media artist, and Professor of Media Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  Her media art works have been screened at festivals, museums and exhibitions, broadcast nationally and internationally, and used in community organizing and education. She is an Emmy award-winning editor who has worked in the media industry of L.A. and N.Y.C. 

Miller is the recipient of many grants and awards, including National Endowment of the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Paul Robeson Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation, and Nathan Cummings Foundation.  She has presented her work at institutions and festivals including the Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum, the Gulbenkian Foundation, BANFF, the Getty Museum.  

Professor Miller has developed numerous media literacy/community education projects using electronic arts production.  She is the Arts and Education Coordinator at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Central Troy, NY.  She is the Project Coordinating Artist for the “Found Art in North Troy” project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program, the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Troy and the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust.  This year-long community wide public art project uses found objects and participatory action research to address themes of re-purposing, re-use and sustainability. She has developed multiple media arts and education workshops, is an artist/educator in Youth Media Sanctuary and “Be the Media” workshops, and has curated diverse exhibits in “The Underground Gallery.”

National media production and literacy projects include Capital Region Youth Voices: A Youth Media Project, a project ofProject VoiceScape, launched by WMHT, PBS and Adobe Foundations (2011), I.R.A. (Managing Information in Rural America, Kellogg Foundation with the University of Michigan) in collaboration with the Athens Film and Video Festival (May 2000), Taos Talking Pictures Festival Teen Media Conference (April 2000), Banff Centre for the Arts (1999), N.Y. State Alliance for Arts Education with BOCES Distance Learning (1997), North American Association of Environmental Educators (1997), Cape Cod Community Television (1998, 1994), 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle (1993), and the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal (1989).  For four summers, she led Media Production workshops at Five College Institute for Media Literacy in Amherst (1995-1998), educating primary teachers and community organizers on theory and media production. Since the mid-eighties, Branda Miller has collaborated with several community and youth groups around the country in Empowerment Video Workshops to produce award-winning tapes, including: We Have the Force (Citizens’ Committee, 1989), talkin’ ‘bout droppin’ out!!! (the ICA/Boston Public Schools, 1989), The Birth of a Candy Bar (Henry Street Settlement, 1988), and What’s Up? (L.A. County Juvenile Detention/ Mark Taper Forum, 1987). 


Contact info:
Office number: WEST202
Phone number: 518.276.4783
Fax number: 518.276.4370
Email Address: milleb@rpi.edu