The Robinson Center for Graphic Arts and Communication Design
at Art Department CCNY


EDM is

A professional program leading to the B.F.A. degree. The 75 credit major culminates in a semester-long Thesis Project. Application to the B.F.A. is by portfolio.


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What is the difference between the B.A. in Studio Art and the B.F.A. Program in Electronic Design & Multimedia?

SPRING 2019 B.F.A. Thesis Planning MeetingB.F.A. Proposal

Thursday, October 25th at 12:30pm in CG-119

If you are planning to take Senior Thesis (B.F.A. students only) in Spring 2019, you must submit a project idea and write a proposal before you can register.

At this meeting we will discuss the expectations of the Senior Thesis course, tips for selecting a Thesis topic, tips for writing the initial proposal, and your timeframe for revising the proposal

Submit your idea in a short paragraph by email to Professor Mark Addison Smith by October 31st. Full proposals are due (by email) on November 16th.



Laisa Barros Wins a Prestigious Summer 2018 Internship at PIXAR!

EDM student Laisa Barros (Computer Science major, Digital Design minor with a focus in UX/UI and Animation) was awarded a highly-competitive internship at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California over the summer of 2018. Bringing her knowledge in computer programming, language, and scripting to the table, Laisa worked as a Production Support Engineering Intern within Pixar’s Systems Department. Her day-to-day duties involved assisting Pixar animators with Wacom and Cintiq graphic tablets, troubleshooting Linux software operating systems and workstations for technical artists, and assisting Pixar engineers in reconfiguring a code-based computer application for studio printing. And, she enjoyed working closely with Pixar animators and technical artists on a daily basis. “I appreciate the sense of community and how passionate everyone is about their jobs…I really enjoyed the balance between work and fun. Whether it be tea time on Friday or sharing a random story out of the blue, those moments kept the team connected and allowed us to get to know each other.”

In addition to her degree-relevant courses in digital design computer science, she cites campus-led WiTNY, hackathons, CUNYCodes, and CUNY Tech Prep as invaluable sources of training prior to her arrival at the Pixar campus. “(Over the summer) I learned so much about the infrastructure of the studio as a whole: from how to manage workstations using internal tools to even learning about license management. I also learned a new programming language, Ruby. I didn't know Ruby at all but my co-workers were patient and provided me with resources to get started. I was able to contribute in the refactoring of a printing utility that helped to improve the printing environment for everyone (at Pixar).”

The internship has pushed her further as a dual artist and engineer. “I feel more confident in my skills and ready to take on new challenges as I grow as an engineer. As an artist, I further understand the 3D animation pipeline so I am now incorporating a lot more research and direction into my art practice.”



PIXAR Returns to EDM!


On Monday, September 17, 2018, four representatives from Pixar Animation Studios, based in Emeryville, California, returned to speak with Electronic Design and Multimedia students within the City College Art Department. Approximately 75 students were in standing-room-only attendance for the 12pm-3:30pm event.

Gini Santos (Supervising Animator, Coco; animator on Up, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2), MontaQue Ruffin (animator on Incredibles 2, Finding Dory) and Christina Faraj (Pixar Technical Director; animator on Coco, Incredibles 2) were joined by Beth Sasseen (Pixar University Relations) to speak with EDM students about career and internship possibilities within the animation field—using their Oscar-winning feature film, Coco, as a central framework for discussion.

From 12pm to 2pm, the animators provided individualized lectures on animation principles— ranging from character development to set construction—with each animator providing relatable examples of their own student work to visually chart their career success. From 2pm to 3:30pm, the conversation continued with a Q&A in Pilar Newton-Katz’s 2D Animation Principles course, where the Pixar team spoke about internship possibilities at the Emeryville Campus and their Pixar Undergraduate Program (PUP), in which undergraduates benefit from classroom-style mentorships at Pixar.



EDM Students: Apply for an Upcoming Internship at PIXAR!

Pixar offers internships to college students or recent graduates within one year post-graduation. Internships in animation, art, business operations, editorial, marketing, production management, software research & development, story, systems, and technical direction are held in the summer for twelve weeks, or in the fall or spring for six months. Internships are paid, with travel expenses and housing assistance provided, and selection is extremely competitive.

The Pixar online internship system opens for applications during December 2018. If you are interested in applying, you will need a portfolio of your animation or other art or design work, a resume, and a cover letter. Please check the Pixar website for current details and deadlines:

Contact Professors Smith, Bartoc, or Deck (or Prof. Newton-Katz) for advice on how to apply.

Alumni Night, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 5:30-7pm CG 122 AlumniNight

Recent grads in Electronic Design and Multimedia who have found jobs in graphic design, motion design, and software training at companies including Facebook, IDEO, Scholastic, GQ Magazine, NBC Sports, Discovery, Vistar Media (UX/UI Design), Droga5, and freelancing for clients such as The New York Times, PBS, MAC Cosmetics, Bergdorf Goodman, Virgin Cruises, PepsiCo, and J.Crew, among others, return to CCNY to share their job experiences with our current students.

DON'T MISS the next opportunity to meet them & hear their stories of life after graduation. The next Alumni Night will take place later this Fall 2018. Please stay tuned for dates.

EDM Competitions and Opportunities Calendar

Check out the EDM Calendar for listings of competitions, awards, scholarships and other opportunities for students in the B.F.A. or B.A./Digital Design Concentration.

EDM Library: borrow an art or design book

You can see the list of books in the EDM Library and reserve a book by using the online link to send an email to the EDM Club. Over the summer, we will be putting our book collection reservations online, so you will soon be able to make a direct reservation on the website.If you would like to donate art or design books to the Library, contact the EDM Club or the CLTs.

B.A.: Concentration in Digital Design

As of FA14, students in the B.A. majoring in Art have a new concentration option—students can select the Digital Design Concentration. For more information go to the Advising page or check with the Art Office. This option is designed for students who are not in the B.F.A. or who are waiting to apply for the B.F.A.

Insurance Policy Required for DOC Checkout

Students who want to check out DOC/Art Department equipment valued at $300 or more must now provide proof of personal insurance for the entire replacement value of the equipment borrowed. See the Checkout page for complete information about this policy and learn how to obtain insurance which will also cover your computer, phone and camera.


Our Students

City College has a highly diverse student population of students coming from every community within New York City and from all over the world. EDM students are trained for careers in design in all aspects of print and screen media and design.

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The B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition

B.F.A. Thesis is a capstone design seminar in which students develop a sustained, individual, semester-long creative project in a major area of interest such as print, Internet or multimedia.

Students present their Thesis Projects in an exhibtion at the end of the semester and document their project in a book.


Announcing a new M.F.A. in art and technology

Develop a critical art practice in digital media using a research perspective to explore the relationship between technology and art.

The M.F.A. in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice [DIAP] was inaugurated in 2012. The next application deadline is February 1st, 2014. See the [DIAP] website for admissions and program information.


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