Rutgers University–Camden’s rapidly growing animation program was recently recognized as the best in the state.
The site used data on academic reputation, admissions, faculty, tuition, graduation rates, and employment to formulate its rankings, noting exceptional career outcomes for Rutgers–Camden alumni. Graduates of the animation program have worked in the 3D animation industry for Walt Disney, Digital Domain, and Warner Bros., lending their talents to films, television series, and video games like “Frozen,” “Ice Age,” “Sesame Street,” and Assassin’s Creed.
“Earning New Jersey’s top ranking affirms the hard work of our animation faculty and the achievements of our alumni,” said LiQin Tan, professor of art and head of the animation program. “This distinction also confirms the education we offer is in line with the industry’s demands.”
Senior Alexis Phillips will complete the animation program this spring with an extensive portfolio and exhibition experience under her belt. She was awarded a summer undergraduate research grant for a project that used digital 3D modeling and printing to bring 10 “American Urban Legends” into the physical world. She presented her art at last fall’s Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) and in the Student Works Gallery.
“My favorite class has been 3D Printing and Modeling—it introduced me to 3D modeling, which is something I have grown really interested in,” said Phillips. “Also, receiving a research grant and getting to have my own exhibition were really rewarding experiences.”
In addition to familiarizing her with industry software, the Rutgers–Camden animation program pushed Phillips out her out of her comfort zone.
“I discovered new skills I can apply to my career,” Phillips said.