Because animation and gaming are grounded in today’s technological age, our animation degrees focus on blending graphics in motion with evolutionary technology. Our pillar of success is the ability of our program, faculty, and facilities to continually adapt to ever-changing technologies. In order to keep our students current with industry practices, we stay true to our policy of upgrading all of our software every year and the workstations are replaced on a three-year cycle.
This summer, FDU’s Animation Lab will undergo a floor to ceiling renovation and upgrade, which will be reopened for classes for the Fall 2020 semester. The enlarged space will have a brand new contemporary look and the equipment upgrades will give our students the opportunity to use state-of-the-art technology in a very exciting workspace. The new modern furniture and optimized room layout will provide a comfortable learning environment that incorporates a glass-enclosed 3D printing booth, duel high-resolution teaching monitors, upgraded computers with duel drawing tablet/monitors on movable arms mounted on sit/stand desks. With the expansion of the Animation Lab, the room will now incorporate a flexible space to produce motion capture and virtual reality, as well as place to host group meetings in order to promote collaboration and sharing of knowledge.
Beyond the Animation Lab, FDU provides external workstations loaded with all of the software that we use in our classes. Our animation students also have 24-hour admittance to our animation lab, allowing them access to the computers, software, and equipment that they need to use when classes are not in session.
Keeping all this in mind, FDU is well equipped on a geographical, technical, and professional level to remain cutting-edge in our curricular efforts. Our intimate class sizes are extremely important in maintaining the individualized attention that the faculty gives the students. As part of the FDU School of the Arts, our students have the opportunity to draw resources from other disciplines and programs in the arts. From a geographic standpoint, we are located just a stone’s throw away from New York City, a prime hub for multimedia production companies. The midtown direct train is walking distance from the university, which provides us easy access to attend events, user group meetings, and internships.