Career development and professional practice skills are critical for artists and an integral part of the computer art and animation program and Department of Transmedia curricula.
In addition to the tools acquired in your major, you may take advantage of the College of Visual and Performing Arts' Professional Practices in Visual Arts course, which prepares students to become professional, working artists. Computer art and animation majors also may travel to Los Angeles for a two-week industry immersion in animation and film. The themes of self-development, persistence, and networking are presented as you visit such studios as Filmworks FX and Method Studios to see their incredible special effects work on productions for major films and commercials. You may also wish to consider a minor in entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, which is offered through Syracuse University's Martin J. Whitman School of Management and includes coursework in essential business tools.
Visiting and resident artists and scholars are a wealth of professional knowledge, and you will have the opportunity to interact with them throughout your Syracuse education. In addition to the numerous visiting artist events in the Department of Transmedia, SU:VPA, and the organizations of SU's Coalition of Museum and Art Centers, you can attend University Lectures, Syracuse Symposium events, and more.
You can apply the skills you learn in the studio and classroom in professional settings by voluntarily participating in an internship. Such experiences put your theoretical knowledge into a real-world context, enhance your academic credentials, and give you a competitive edge in the job market.
SU’s Center for Career Services can serve as a resource for you. From your first day on campus to your graduation (and beyond), Career Services is here to help you with all things related to your career. This includes finding internships and securing them for academic credit, crafting resumes and cover letters, connecting with alumni and employers, applying to graduate school, and more.