This is a broad, new, evolving area incorporating combinations of electronics, interactive media, programming, sound art, three-dimensional modeling and video. As a field with somewhat blurred boundaries, it has some basis in the fine arts but mainly makes use of design skills and computers. Communication is usually at the center of this work, so students are aided by a knowledge of graphic design and visual theory, as well as computer software. Graduates of Media Art and Design programs are prepared for a variety of careers, such as independent studio artists, designers, programmers, web developers and more.
Jonathan Dorfman & Szymon Weglarski | CG Animators
Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski, both Pratt Institute B.F.A. graduates in Computer
Graphics and Interactive Media, launched their digital animation/VFX company, HiFi 3D,
in 2010 to provide high-end animation production services for a variety of media, from
commercials to feature films. The partners won a 2012 Emmy for “Outstanding Special
Visual Effects” for their work on the HBO show Boardwalk Empire. The Emmy-winning
sequence appeared in the episode “Georgia Peaches,” (Season 2, Episode 10). It involved
a waterfront scene where contraband is being unloaded from a cargo ship. The challenge
was that there was no ship. Dorfman and Weglarski were responsible for creating a period-
accurate, photorealistic freighter that was completely computer generated.