Animation & Illustration Alumni

Group Photo of Alumni

Many of our graduates leave our program and go on to work on amazing projects. Below are some of our most recent alumni’s testimonials on their experiences with us and where they’re at now.

“The Animation & Illustration program provides an amazing opportunity for students to obtain a well-rounded and competitive education from high-caliber working professionals with real-life industry experience. The reputation of the quality talent that graduate from this program is well-regarded and respected.” Amie Chan, Senior 2D Artist, Kabam

“San José State University holds a reputation for producing friendly, hardworking, respectful, super-talented artists in the filmmaking industry—and it’s all thanks to the spectacular educational environment that is provided by the faculty and students of the Animation/Illustration program!” Don Ta, Previz Artist, Blizzard Cinematics

“EVERY opportunity I have had as a professional artist in the last 6 years has grown out of a relationship I made at San José State. I think the most important thing I learned from our university is that good relationships and collaboration are key to a successful career and life!” Chris Palmer, Story Artist, Netflix

Following are some notable companies and studios our graduates go on to work at:

  • Adobe Systems
  • Apple
  • Blizzard
  • Blue Sky Studios
  • Cartoon Network
  • Disney TV
  • DreamWorks
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Industrial Light and Magic
  • Nickelodeon
  • Pixar
  • Sony Pictures Animation
  • Sony Playstation
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation
  • Warner Bros. 
  • Zynga
  • and many more

Drawing Board Book

“Back from the Drawing Boards” is a book of SJSU Animation & Illustration alumni testimonials, compiled in celebration of the twenty year anniversary of our student Animation/Illustration club. 

Read "Back from the Drawing Boards" here! [pdf]