If you're interested in motion graphics—including animated typography for film and television credits, animation for advertising, and special effects for film and music videos—New York is the place to be. New York City remains the center of advertising, and many Parsons graduates make their careers in advertising, design, and interactive agencies.
The very notion of what constitutes motion graphics is changing as rapidly as the technology supporting the field. Although motion graphics is related to animation, it often requires an underlying layer of computation that usually isn't present in animation.
Students in Parsons' Design and Technology bachelor's degree program use computer vision, pattern recognition, and computational algorithms to produce innovative and contemporary end results. Much of their work is dynamic, controlled by sensors and triggers, and driven by data. Students employ software packages like After Effects, Maya, Vizrt, OpenFrameworks, Kinect, and Processing, along with new forms of interface, large-scale multi-touch screens, and physical motion and body sensing. All of these tools and technologies are crucial to the industry that college students are entering after graduation.
Because New York City is a center of advertising and interactive agencies, students here benefit from unrivaled internship opportunities. Parsons' Office of Career Services assists students seeking jobs and professional experience with dozens of the city's big production and advertising houses.