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

Two-day photo service gives students a way to obtain high-end photos of prototypes and mock-ups

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EMAC News and Events



Kasalina Maliamu Nabakooza ’18, an MFA student in electronic arts, has been invited to present a talk on her thesis Buganda Art: Kakooza & Nabakooza at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, this month. She also will be screening her hand-drawn animation Kakooza to the university’s Fine Arts Department.

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The annual event will feature a reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Paul Harding

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Seth Cluett is a composer and visual artist who creates work that explores everyday actions at extreme magnification, examines minutae by amplifying impossible tasks, and tries to understand the working of memory in forms that rethink the role of the senses in an increasingly technologized society.

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Opening reception 1:00 pm at Collar Works in Hudson Arthaus, 621 River Street, Troy

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Located in Folsom Library, Comm+D assists the Rensselaer community with writing, visual communication and more

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“nötr” is an asymmetrical loudspeaker architecture to be performed in EMPAC Studio 1 on 4/20. It is comprised of an irregular mix of speakers with varying qualities, sizes and shapes, in line with the acousmonium concept in electronic music. The composition aims to be “neutral” towards the space, enabling the entire room to listen, explore and meditate in.

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The Sanctuary for Independent Media
April 21, 2018 7:00 PM

iEAR Presents!  Joe Diebes' OYSTER, a modern multimedia opera about iconic folklorist Alan Lomax and his Cantometrics system of categorizing world music.

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iEAR Presents: "Sembene" w/ Filmmakers Samba Gadjigo & Jason Silver

The Sanctuary for Independent Media
April 23, 2018 7:00 PM

African freedom fighter Ousmane Sembène used stories as his weapon and blazed the trail for generations of writers, filmmakers and scholars.  Join filmmakers Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman to see their acclaimed documentary about Sembene's impact on African creatives

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A Celebration of Rhythm

Mother's Rensselaer Union
May 2, 2018 7:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public.

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Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble

EMPAC Concert Hall
May 3, 2018 2:00 PM

Featuring collectively created and spontaneous works by the students of the Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble. The concert is free.

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Rensselaer Orchestra Concerto Project

EMPAC Concert Hall
April 14, 2018 4:00 PM

The Rensselaer Orchestra presents its annual Spring Concert, featuring student soloists.

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Ruderal Ecologies Symposium

The Sanctuary for Independent Media
April 13, 2018 7:00 PM

A weekend-long symposium to commence Earth Week. Art, urban ecology, and social justice activities focus on living in urban environments shaped by stress. “Ruderal ecologies” are formed by hardy and adaptive organisms and grassroots activist communities that grow out of the ruins of urban wastelands.

Friday, April 13th, 7pm - 10pm
Saturday, April 14th, 9:30 am - 6:15 pm 
Sunday, April 15th, 11am - 2 pm 

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