Animation program ranks first in state, No. 33 in nation

Marc Barr and students at SIGGRAPH

Marc Barr and MTSU animation students at SIGGRAPH 2015.

Animation Career Review, an online resource for aspiring animators, game developers and more, listed MTSU’s animation program as the top in Tennessee. The program was also listed at No. 33 in the Top 50 Public Animation Schools and Colleges in the U.S. for 2017.

Housed in the College of Media and Entertainment, the animation program offers a Bachelor of Science in Animation and Mass Communication with concentrations in Electronic Media Communication. The two specialties are Electronic Media Production (video and film production) and Electronic Media Management (media management). A Master of Science in Media and Communication is also available, and it allows students to choose six hours of approved animation electives.

A still shot from the animation treat Coffee.

A still shot from the animation treat Coffee.

The classes are spearheaded by Professor Marc Barr and Associate Professor Kevin McNulty. Barr chaired the 2015 SIGGRAPH Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and McNulty served as curator for the fourth annual Faculty Submitted Student Work Exhibit. Every year a group of 20 animation students attend the international convention to network with the movers and shakers in the industry. The annual SIGGRAPH conference is a five-day interdisciplinary educational experience in the latest computer graphics and interactive techniques, including a three-day commercial exhibition that attracts hundreds of exhibitors from around the world. Click here to check out this earlier story in The Leading Edge for more info.

Mikki Rose

Mikki Rose

Multiple MTSU alumni work in the animation field, including Mikki Rose, who was part of the Academy Award-winning team that worked on major motion picture The Golden Compass. To learn more about Rose, click here.

McNulty’s 2014 animated short films, Tethered and Coffee, have also won numerous awards on the film festival circuit. Click here to learn more.

To learn more about the program, please click here.

For the 2017 Animation Career Review Rankings, click here.

Animation lab

A busy animation lab in the Bragg Media and Entertainment Building.

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