The new International Center for Excellence in Animation (ICEA) at Daemen College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation. The ICEA presents a unique opportunity for students pursuing a future in the dynamic animation industry. The program’s mission is to give graduates the tools they need to both succeed in the industry and express their own unique creative visions.
“Animators are looking to hire graduates with a higher level of artistic learning.” said Daemen College President Edwin Clausen. Daemen students will be trained as artists and thinkers, and will be able to transfer their creative strengths directly into the field of animation. The ICEA program at Daemen will provide students with specialized technical training in 2D and 3D Animation within a Fine Arts context.
“Studios desire students with strong creative problem solving techniques and a powerful authoritative voice. Combined with a focus on fundamentals, both in art and academia, the creative focus trains students to act as professionals in a variety of capacities well after graduation,” said Dr. Laura Watts Sommer, Director of the Visual and Performing Arts at Daemen College.
The ICEA program is built around multiple strengths recognized by animation professionals and business leaders. These include:
✓ The combination of the flexibility and breadth of a Liberal Arts program
✓The strong visual skills of a Fine Arts program
✓ The technological opportunities presented by upper level, specialized animation instruction
The new Daemen College Academic Director of Animation is Scott Holmes. Holmes is an accomplished animator whose film credits include work on Paul; Hellboy 2; The Lord of the Rings; The Twin Towers; Garfield; and Stuart Little. Moreover, his experience at major animation studios Nickelodeon; Weta Workshop; Double Negative; Sony Pictures Imageworks; and Rhythm and Hues-Los Angeles will add to the industry perspective and industry contacts at the Daemen center, and will work to foster the development of the field within Buffalo.