ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY:
ANIMATION AND DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES (AAS)

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The associate in applied sciences (AAS) degree program in animation and digital technologies has been developed to provide students proficiency in computer-aided design, graphic imaging and animation. In addition to basic liberal arts courses, students will be taught to develop 2-D and 3-D images that can be combined to create still renderings of any style or complexity and whose sequential succession can be used to form animated content for video games and commercial animation.

It is a two-year college degree that is career oriented and designed to give the student all the expertise necessary to enter the workforce in entry level positions upon completion.

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Graduates of this program will find their computer skills applicable to a multitude of computer and related fields, including architecture, 3-D printing, graphic design, advertising, video games, and visual effects.

Students will gain proficiency with modern 2-D/3-D computer graphics tools and related design methodologies. They will also attain skills required for internships, entry-level positions or higher education opportunities such as a BS degree in animation and digital technologies.

See our Online Catalog for the full curriculum.

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  • A Sampling of Classes:
  • 2-D Computer Graphics/Photoshop for the Web
  • 3-D Graphics Modeling/MAYA
  • Animation/Advanced/3-D Studio Max
  • Animation/Intro/3-D Studio Max
  • Design, Drawing and Aesthetics
  • Image Ready-Photoshop

Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge of design, graphics and 3-D animation principles toward the development of a portfolio and demo reel.

Career possibilities afforded to graduates of this program include 3-D animator, graphic designer, motion graphics designer, broadcast graphics designer, and 3-D modeler.

Potential internships and employers for graduates include: L’Oréal USA, Digital Infuzion, Inc., School of Visual Arts, Pratt, Stanford University, Technicolor, Stevens Institute of Technology, Alpha Graphics.

50% increase in students participating in internships since 2009More than 164 companies and organizations have recruited on campus70% of Vaughn students get paid internships*

Vaughn College’s career services department employs a variety of tools to assist students and alumni in their development as professionals. The department meets and communicates with individuals through appointments, e-mail and phone conversations, providing information, editing and reviewing resumes and helping with the job and internship search process. It implements weekly workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and job fair etiquette. It organizes job fairs in the fall and spring, each with 40-plus companies, and a graduate school fair in the winter.

The department also networks with companies on behalf of Vaughn students for job and internship opportunities. It manages a private job board website, Vaughn Career Connect, where students and alumni can post resumes and apply for positions. Employers registered on the site can post jobs as well as search and review student and alumni resumes for potential candidates for open positions. For more information on career opportunities visit Vaughn career connect here.

  • A Sample of Vaughn Internships:
  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • EgyptAir
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport
JUST A FEW OF THE COMPANIES THAT EMPLOY VAUGHN GRADUATES:
  • Aircraft Service International Group
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • American Airlines
  • AFCO/AvPorts
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cessna Citation
  • Chautauqua Airlines
  • CitationShares
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Continental Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Covenant Security
  • Cummins
  • Delta Air Lines
  • EMBRAER
  • Emirates
  • Empire Aero
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Gulfstream
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Jetblue Airways
  • JFK International Arrivals Terminal
  • KeySpan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporatin
  • Orion Power
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Panorama Flight Service
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Southern Air
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sikorsky Airlines
  • United Technologies
  • US Airways

Vaughn is in the borough of Queens—one of the five boroughs in New York City—and the most diverse county in the country. Minutes from campus are “Little India” in Jackson Heights, the great Greek and Italian restaurants of Astoria, and the bustling Chinese markets of Flushing. Want more? The excellent museums, nightlife and cultural events of Manhattan are just a short commute away.

Outside the classroom, Vaughn students get together, work together and have fun together in student clubs, professional societies, honor societies, and in intercollegiate athletics. Whether you live in the residence hall at Vaughn College or commute, there’s always something to do on campus. Grab a bite to eat with friends in the cafe. Work out at the fitness center. Watch the College’s many sports teams play. The Vaughn Warriors compete in men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, and cross country; and men’s soccer and baseball as a part of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

You can also join one of the College’s many student clubs or professional societies. From the Hispanic Society of Aeronautical Engineering, Veterans Organization, and Society for Women Engineers, to the Robotics, Drone and Gaming clubs, this campus has a way for you to find a new interest or pursue a passion.

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