Animation Facilities

Animation Lab

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. To keep our students current with industry practices, we stay true to our policy of upgrading all our software every year, and the workstations are replaced on a three-year cycle

FDU’s Animation Lab recently underwent a floor-to-ceiling renovation and upgrade. The enlarged
space has a brand-new contemporary look, and the equipment upgrades 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 provide a comfortable learning environment that incorporates a glass-enclosed 3D printing booth, high-resolution teaching monitors, upgraded computers with dual drawing tablet/monitors on movable arms mounted atop sit/stand desks. With the expansion of the Animation Lab, the room now incorporates a flexible space to produce motion capture and virtual reality, as well as a place to host group meetings to promote collaboration and sharing of knowledge.

FDU provides external workstations loaded with all the software that we use in our courses that can be used to work on course assignments. Our animation students also have access to our animation lab outside of classes, allowing them additional access to the computers, software, and equipment that they need.

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 can also 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 easy
access to attend events, user group meetings, and internships.

“The FDU Animation program teaches students how to stay creative and on-task while tackling a variety of design problems. During my time at FDU, I learned strong design practices that have followed me into the professional arena. FDU helps students navigate the ever-changing landscape of 3D design and animation in the world today.”

Chris Reilly, 3D Generalist, Orange Comet