Digital Media and Animation

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  • students presenting
  • digital media & animation
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  • a set prop
  • students in Tokyo with robot
  • students in Tokyo

No. 1 Public in NY for colleges offering a bachelor's degree in Digital Media and Animation

Top 10 in New York (#10)

Top 25 Nationally among schools offering an Animation related BS (#21)

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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.

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Required System Specifications

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

We recommend one of the following two options:

OMEN Laptop – 15t (SKU:6CM24AV_1)

  • Intel® Core™ i7 9750H (2.6 GHz, up to 4.5 GHz, 12 MB cache, 6 Cores)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
  • 15.6" diagonal FHD 144 Hz IPS anti-glare micro-edge WLED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
  • 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA; 128 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • 32 GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM (2x16GB)


14 or 16-inch MacBook Pro (Updated June 6, 2022)

  • CPU/GPU: M1 Max 10 core CPU, 24 Core GPU, 16 core neural Engine
  • Screen: 14” or 16”
  • Memory: 32GB Unified Memory
  • Storage: 1TB SSD


  • 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 14" or 16” MacBook Pro with Ram upgraded to 32gb, 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.

Digital Media and Animation has a Tool/Supplies Lending Program

The beginning of the semester can bring with it a lot of expenses. There is a program that may be able to help.

The tools/supplies lending program is an initiative to ensure the academic success of our students. The purpose of the loan program is to temporarily lend items.

Funded through a Title III Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Grant, this program provides tools/supplies for students who are not able to afford to immediately purchase them. If a non-disposable item, these need to be returned at the end of the semester.

Students interested in utilizing the program must complete an application. The program is open to eligible students who are in need, although priority is given to first-year students.

Tools/supplies are lent on a first-come, first-served basis for the entire semester to eligible students. There is no cost for the student to participate in this program.

Participating students are given a contract detailing the tools/supplies they have been loaned and when these are due to be returned.

This program has the following items that can be borrowed: Laptop

Complete a tool application online.

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.

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Pioneer Quotes

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Digital Media & Animation

"DMA students enjoy their program and make great work." -Paul Tracy, Westwood Studios, 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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