What is media arts and animation?

New media art is a genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, internet art, interactive art, video games, and computer robotics. Exciting opportunities such as animation artist, special effects artist, broadcast graphics designer, and video postproduction artist are at the forefront of an industry that repackages information in creative new ways.

What can I do with a media arts and animation degree? 

At graduation, you will have an individualized digital portfolio to showcase their creative skills in 2-D design and 3-D design techniques and abilities in order to pursue entry-level opportunities in a range of areas including Computer-Generated Lighting, Compositing and Rendering, Storyboard Artists, Texture Artists, Computer Modelers and Computer-Generated Special Effects Artists.

What makes Carlow's program unique?

Under the guidance of an industry-experienced faculty, students examine advanced 2-D animation and 3-D animation principles, as well as story development, background design, scenic layout and special effects. They will also have an opportunity to work with program specific software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk 3Ds Max.

In today's ever-changing world, technical proficiency alone is rarely enough for success. Concentration in media arts and animation is offered in collaboration with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (AIP). It combines the strength of a diverse liberal arts education and a strong art foundation gained at Carlow with a concentration at the state-of-the-art computer studios of a leading technical arts school. Students in this program go beyond mere technical proficiency to a well-rounded education. 


Bachelor of Arts in Art with a Concentration in Media Arts & Animation

Course Requirements: 33 credits + 30 Carlow credit equivalents at AIP
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Locations: Main Oakland Campus, AIP



Every two years Pittsburgh hosts one of the most important exhibitions of global contemporary art, The Carnegie International (CI). This course highlights the artists and artwork of the current CI and places these works in an historical context. The first half of the course will be devoted to issues in modern and avant-garde art in Europe and North America and sets the foundation for an in-depth exploration of the CI. The second half of this course will explore the ways in which the modernist tradition has been challenged and re-evaluated by contemporary postmodern and feminist artists from around the world, highlighting the work of artists represented in the CI.


An investigation of the history of art through the lens of feminist critical theory. Students explore the production and status of women artists and patrons as well as the representation of women in art from the Renaissance to the present. Students critically engage with course materials through class dialogue, written assignments, and collaborative projects.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.