I had started out as an Art/Painting major at another school.  During my freshman year I got a job in graphic design, and I knew that's what I wanted to do...
Melissa Mykal Batalin '06
EMAC gave me a breadth of study which became invaluable to me in my current job at DreamWorks Animation...
Eli Bocek-Rivele '06
The EMAC program taught me some of the necessary software to succeed in the field, along with many new ways of visualizing things and creating new ideas...
Christina Ciani '10
Certain courses taught me to look at everything from different perspectives, and that ... a situation may call for a non-traditional approach...
Kirk Duwel '03
I had the opportunity to work with feature animation right through graduation...
Adam Gaige '07
EMAC gave me an understanding of concepts and theories that I use every day in my career...
Josh Goldenberg '10
The diversity of classes I took while attending RPI as an EMAC student allowed me to discover my ideal career path...
Chris LaPointe '10
The EMAC program definitely prepared me for graduate school because it gave me an excellent foundation for a graphic design career...
Steve Lucin '08
It is unique that we receive a B.S. rather than a B.A. I think this opens a lot more opportunities...
Kimberly Gomboz '09
Being an EMAC major gave me the communication background needed for my job...
Emelie Hegarty '09
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VAST Studio

EMAC students have access to industry grade studios for both class assignments and individual projects.  These spaces allow students to explore their creativity without being limited by technology.  Our studios include audio, video, animation, game programming and design spaces.  Students have 24x7 access to most of these facilities during the academic year.  We also have a fully stocked equipment room that lends portable equipment to students.

EMAC students also have access to Rensselaer's extensive computing network, including public access laboratories and wired student residence halls. Our innovative student laptop program provides computer-based learning in many classrooms. The 500,000-volume Folsom Library also provides electronic access to thousands of publications.

VAST Studio

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The VAST (Visualization, Animation, Simulation Technology) Studio is an advanced digital imaging and animation lab.  The goal of the facility is to provide students with access to professional grade tools in a classroom environment.  This facility has capacity for 19 students and 1 instructor.  It is equiped with dual HD projectors.

Computer Hardware

  • Dell Precision Tower
  • Intel Xeon Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card
  • PCIe M.2 NVMe Solid state hard drive
  • Dual 24" display


  • 3D-Coat
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Articy:Draft
  • Audacity
  • AutoDesk 3DS Max
  • AutoDesk Entertainment Creation Suite Unlimited 2016
  • AutoDesk Maya
  • AutoDesk Motion Builder
  • AutoDesk Mudbox
  • AutoDesk StechBook Pro
  • Blender
  • Chuck
  • ESRI arcGIS
  • Houdini
  • Microsoft .Net
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Pixar Renderman
  • Processing
  • PyGame
  • Python
  • Rhinoceros
  • Substance
  • TortoiseSVN
  • Unity 3D
Current room status
Open: Card access required for those who are enrolled into an HASS Course using this studio. To report a problem or if you have a question about this space please e-mail us hasshelp@rpi.edu