Digital Media and Animation

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digital media & animation
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students in Tokyo
ASC ranked No. 10 in the US, colleges with animation and interactive technology
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Program Advantages: 

Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State is ranked #10, & Money Mag: Best Colleges 2019

Students solve real-world creative problems, while building a professional portfolio that showcases their animation and experience in a wide range of digital mediums. The digital media and animation program provides students with a broad range of technical, creative, and problem solving skills to facilitate their employment in new media and animation.

Required System Specifications

Incoming students are required to purchase a laptop and Adobe Creative Cloud software.


  • It is recommended that you purchase the laptop through the campus store. Laptops purchased elsewhere cannot be repaired at the Help Desk.
  • If you choose to buy the MacBook Pro, the recommended system is the 2015 model. You can purchase the newer 15” MacBook Pro, but please be aware that you will need to also purchase multiple adapters for the new USB-C ports.

Financial aid may cover all or a portion of these purchases. For more information, please contact the Student Records and Financial Services Office by phone at 1-800-4-ALFRED or 607-587-4253 or by email at

Assistance will be available with software setup and maintenance such as setting up email, connecting to the server, and printing. The Help Desk is a certified Apple repair center. If your MacBook needs to be sent off campus for repair, they can provide you with a loaner.

  • 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 16GB 2133MHz memory
  • 512GB PCIe-based SSD1
  • Radeon Pro 455 with 2GB memory
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

Please note, if buying the 15” Touch Bar laptop, you will need to purchase additional USB-C adapters to be able to hook up external hard drives, headphones, and other peripheral devices.

Professional Outlook: 

Students are prepared for careers in animation, media design, interactive media, production, digital imaging, and fine art.

AAS: Employment and continuing education rate of 100%.
100% transferred to continue their education.

BS: Employment and continuing education rate of 86%.
79% are employed; 7% transferred to continue their education.

2016-2017 Alfred State Catalog
Tammy Brackett
Pioneer Quotes: 
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Digital Media & Animation

"DMA students enjoy their program and make great work." -Paul Tracy, Envisions Productions, Rochester, NY

"There is such a broad range of potential jobs for DMA graduates." - Caitlyn Redden, '12, Interaction Designer, ITX Corp

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