School of Liberal Arts

Computer Arts and Design
Bachelor's Degree

Digital technology pervades our culture, empowering individuals to transforms the way we look at the world. The Computer Arts + Design program, offered at Mercy College's main campus in Dobbs Ferry as well as the Mercy College campus in Manhattan at 66 West 35th Street, investigates the creative capacity of digital technology to improve communication, develop creative self-expression, and explore perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas. The Bachelor of Fine Arts program is designed to prepare students for careers in animation/gaming and communication design.

Students complete foundation level course work in drawing and 2D design before selecting a major area of concentration in animation and/or communication design in their second year of study. In their final year, students complete a year-long thesis project in their area of concentration, working closely with faculty, visiting critics and fellow students.

For more information, student galleries, and upcoming events please visit http://artdesign.mercy.edu.

Career Opportunities

Representative career opportunities include:

  • Graphic Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Interface Design
  • Information Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Web Design
  • Package Design
  • Design for Film & Television
  • Computer Graphics
  • Digital Photography & Imaging
  • Digital and Classical 2D & 3D Animation
  • CGI Modeling
  • Character Animation
  • Special Effects
  • Storyboarding & Scripting
  • Prototyping & Playtesting
  • Level Design for Gaming
  • Rotoscoping
  • Digital Video
  • Post Production & Editing
  • Art Direction

For more information, student galleries, and upcoming events please visit http://artdesign.mercy.edu.

Campuses

Dobbs Ferry
Manhattan

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get more information?

To schedule a tour, get information on application requirements and initiate the application process, contact the program head, Josh Gaetjen at 914-674-3015 or jgaetjen@mercy.edu.

For additional information, including application requirements, a gallery of student work, visit the Computer Arts + Design website: http://artdesign.mercy.edu.

What type of facilities do you have?

The program is housed in four computer classrooms and two art studios. Our students also have access to the Music Industry and Technology program's state of the art recording studio and other facilities and equipment.

Can I begin taking major courses immediately?

Students begin taking art and design courses their first semester.

What degrees do you offer?

We offer a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree.

What companies employ your alumni?

Computer Arts + Design graduates have worked for:

  • Disney/ABC Television Group
  • WayForward Technologies
  • Stanley Black and Decker
  • JWT
  • Armstrong Partnership
  • Ideas on Purpose
  • EF Education First
  • Nautica
  • Rockstar Games
  • Whiteboard Animation
  • Powerhead Games
  • Pyramid America
  • N-Fusion Interactive
  • Fox Business Network
  • Prestige Brands, Inc
  • Federated Media
  • Fusion TV
  • 8 Point Studio
  • Softtek
  • WorldNow
  • Zwilling/J.A. Henckels
  • World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Little Airplane Productions
  • Aquent
  • VHB
  • Consumer Eyes
  • DHS Systems
  • SCHAWK! OnBrand Group at MasterCard Worldwide
  • General Electric, New Media Technology team
  • FAI Design Group
  • Incentient
  • Classic Medallics
Are internships available for college credit?

Yes. Students in the Computer Arts + Design program can complete up to 9 credits of internship credit. For Journalism and Radio and Television Production, they’re both available and required. For the Film/Culture concentration, they’re suggested, but not required.

Where have students interned?

Computer Arts + Design students have interned for:

  • Blue Sky Studios
  • Luckeyou
  • Atlantic Records
  • Ideas on Purpose
  • Mechanism Digital
  • Diesel USA
  • Blackmaled Productions
  • Harpers Bazaar
  • JJ Sedelmaier Productions
  • Momentum Advertising and Design
  • Jacob Burns Film Center
  • Gaia Industries
  • Black Hammer Games
  • NBC News
  • The Cartoon Bank, New Yorker Magazine
Do you have a visiting artists program?

Yes. Visiting Speakers and Lecturers have included:

  • Roy Disney
  • JJ Sedelmaier, animator
  • Don Hahn, Disney animation producer
  • Richard Gorey, Animator
  • Jayme Wilkinson, Blue Sky Studios stereoscopic supervisor
  • Tim Dingersen, Click 3X
  • Linda Feaster, brand strategist, Sasakaya
  • Drew Coburn, Strategy & Account Director, Cubism Group
  • Peter Sohn, Pixar animator/story artist
  • Sande Chen, writer and game designer
  • Mike Cushny, Blue Sky Studios camera technical director
  • Moroni Taylor, Blue Sky Studios animator/story artist
  • Danny Williams, Blue Sky Studios animator
  • Chris Siemasko, Blue Sky Studios story artist
  • Trish Logar, Animator/Illustrator, Whiteboard Animation
  • Kamil Durzynski, Game Artist
  • Mike Gondek, Creative Director, Pyramid America
  • Max Porter, Animator
  • John R. Dilworth, Animator, creator of Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • Loren Bouchard, animation producer
  • Eric Zimmerman, game designer/producer
  • Rocco Piscatello, graphic designer
  • Karen White, graphic designer
  • David Schwartz, Director, Museum of the Moving Image:
Are courses available in the evenings and week-ends?

The majority of program classes are offered during the daytime hours.

How do I apply?

Before taking classes in the major, applicants to the program must submit work for and pass a portfolio review. The portfolio must include at least 20 examples of art work and demonstrate an applicant's potential for seriously developing their work in the visual arts.

To submit your portfolio online: To submit your portfolio in person:
  • Set up an interview with Josh Gaetjen, Program Head, by calling 914.674.3015, or emailing jgaetjen@mercy.edu.
  • Bring your portfolio with you. See "required formats for portfolio work" below.
Required format for portfolio work:
  • Digital, two-dimensional and three-dimensional work: may be submitted in person or via uploaded.
  • Windows or Macintosh formatted, examples should be in JPEG format.
  • Videos / Animations: must be in Quicktime format.
  • All files must be named and numbered LastnameFirstname01.jpeg, LastnameFirstname02.jpg, LastnameFirstname03.jpg, etc.
  • Presentation formats (PowerPoint, Keynote) are not accepted. Applicants must also submit their undergraduate application to Mercy College Admissions department.

For further information on portfolio requirements visit the How To Apply page on the Computer Arts + Design program website.

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Dobbs Ferry Dobbs Ferry Campus
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Manhattan Campus Manhattan
66 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001