Welcome to the Media Arts & Animation and the Game Art & Design Web Portal.

The Media Arts & Animation program started out as an Honors Class in the Visual Communications department in 1993. From there the Computer Animation program blossomed and became the first Computer Animation program, in the United States, to be able to award a Regionally Accredited Associates degree. In 2010 we expanded the program and were awarded by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) the ability to grant a Regionally Accredited Bachelor’s Degree diploma.

Some of our graduates specialize in 3d Modeling for Environments, Hard Surface items such as vehicles and also sculpt characters and creatures. Other student’s focus on Character Animation, Motion Graphics or Digital Effects. We start with very talented artists who present a portfolio to enter into the program. Then we take them through artist development classes such as Design, Typography, Anatomy, Life Drawing and Color Theory. Next we expose them to the digital realm where we show them how to harness their artistic talents and utilize them on the computer. We mix in sound business practices to get the students ready to work in the real world. Both individual and group projects are emphasized.

The students develop a professional portfolio and go through a rigorous portfolio review before we allow them to graduate. Our focus is artist first, computers second, then commerce and business to prepare them for the rigors of the computer animation field. The students also take English, Math, History and Psychology classes so they are a well-rounded individuals and are not illiterate starving artists.

Our goal is to help mold a successful professional artist. So take a few minutes and peruse our site and see some of the graduates and current student’s artwork creations. We are sure you will be impressed. We know we were, are and continue to be.

The Faculty
Media Arts & Animation Department
Game Art & Design Department
The Art Institute of Dallas


The following is a partial list of companies that have hired the Media Art & Animation / Game Art & Design graduates. From local companies to national and international corporations our graduates shine in their creative roles in the computer animation and visualization industry. The list below is organized into categories based on the type of computer animation work they produce.

Animation Studios (Animated Movies) Pixar, Blue Sky Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Blur Studios, Cartoon Network, FUNimation, DNA Productions, Janimation

Production Studios (Live Action Movies/Visual Effects) Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, Weta Digital, Warner Bros. Entertainment Group, Blur Studios, Centropolis, Troublemaker Studios (Robert Rodriguez), Foundation Imaging, Cinesite, Framestore CFC, Pixomondo, Reel FX, Element X Creative, Liquid Logixx, Rhythm & Hues

Video Game Publishers (Computer, Xbox, PlayStation, Mobile Games – IPhone & Android) LucasArts Entertainment, Electronic Arts (EA), Epic Games, id Software, Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Online Entertainment, Disney Interactive Studios, Bungie, Bethesda Softworks, Atari, BioWare (EA), Valve Software, Ubisoft Entertainment, Cloud Imperium Games, Boss Fight Entertainment, Zynga, Vigil Games, Gearbox Software, Ryuku Interactive (Japan), Robot Entertainment, Nerve Software, Riot Games, Microsoft/Ensemble Studios, Cyan Worlds, Ritual Entertainment, Terminal Reality, Rogue Entertainment, Rebel Boat Rocker, Retro Studios / Nintendo, Midway Studios

Others (Comic Books, Television, Architecture Visualization, Digital Displays, Previsualization, Etc.) Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Wizards of the Coast, Microsoft, American Airlines, Dallas Cowboys, Fox Television, WFAA-TV, FOX Sports Networks, Lockheed Martin, Fossil Group, Inc., HKS Architects, Corgan Media Lab, Green Grass Studios, Barking Lizards Technologies, PicturePlane Imaging, M2 Studio, Daktronics, Diesel Displays, Universal Display & Fixture Company
Jaime Fernandez
Robinson Luu
Keanu Rendon
Mary Mcintire
Tyler Moore
Julian Phillips
Jason Stith
Rose Miller
Senzela Saidi
James Johnson
Keanu Rendon
Tyler Moore
Jessica Escobedo
Paul Staggs
Rose Miller
Leonel Pecina
Eric Martinez
Josh Collinsworth
Taylea (Chisum) Preston
Chelsea (Edwards) Velazquez
Scott Neece
Fumi Oshodi
Paul Staggs
Josh Flores
Kai Webb
Holly Jo Freeman
Rose Miller
Phil Wohr
Andres Salas
Luis Valentin