Nicole Cole is a student at the Academy of Art, finishing her BFA in Animation and Visual Effects with a focus on Rigging. In the Spring of 2020, she is furthering her education with an MFA in Animation and Visual Effects with a focus on Character Modeling. Nicole has always been captivated by the film and gaming industries. It started with games like Parasite Eve and movies such as The Dark Crystal.This interest only grew as she was exposed to Animated shorts and films. She realized the animation industry would not be an easy field to break into; it would require a lot of hard work and self-discipline. While at Academy of Art University, she added to her previous knowledge to now have over eight years of experience with Maya, Zbrush, Mudbox, 3D Max, and After Effects. She is also experienced in coding languages such as Python and MEL. In her spare time, she is always looking up training videos and taking classes to further her knowledge of animation programs and different coding languages. Her proficiency with these programs paired with her passion for the industry makes her a strong asset to any team.