VMPA Senior Thesis

Ellia Koroma


Ellia Koroma, a Concept and 3D artist, is a 2021 graduate of Rutgers University New Jersey. Before coming to Rutgers she took 3 years to complete her associate’s degree in 3D animation. While at Rutgers she became the President of the Animation Alliance, where she gave students the chance to talk with professionals within the animation community, as well as create activities that would help students build up their portfolio.She’s well-versed in both the field of 3D and 2D including skills such as character design, 3D modeling, concept art, and storyboarding.She Is able to work in multiple different  digital  programs such as Maya, zbrush, substance painter, Photoshop,  krita and much more. Her long-term goal is one day become a showrunner, or become a lead within a show.


Throughout my life, I always remembered being drawn towards the screen. Whether it be TV or movies I found the stories within animation to be completely entrancing. It wasn’t until high school that I started to understand that I wanted to create stories like the ones I saw portrayed on screen.So I decided to become more serious about art, taking more art center classes within high school and then  getting my associate’s degree in 3D animation.Was coming here to Rutgers can finish my bachelor’s degree in animation. While here I was able to collaborate with multiple great artists to try and get as much out of the schools possible. I became president of the Animation Alliance, where I was able to bring people together to create media together and hone our skills, and where i learned I love bringing people together to work toward a goal.

Since starting at the school I mean one word has truly captured my experience while studying here, and that would be collaboration.  Throughout my time here at Rutgers I have  learned that the best way to go through the animation pipeline is with the help and Aid of others. Regardless of anything they were trying to do, it is important to remember that your goal is always achievable but you may also need help along the way. Which is why I am so happy that I was able to make a lot of friends along the way to graduation including Nick Hirsch, Orion Smith, and Nic Suarez.