Mary Crimmins


After graduating Colts Neck High School and attending Roger Williams University as an elementary education major, Mary Crimmins returned to New Jersey. Mary worked as a teacher’s aide in Rhode Island and that experience, in addition to her brother’s encouragement, prompted her to study computer animation at Brookdale.

“A student was struggling with a topic, and the teacher showed the student a short animated video and, just like that, the student was able to grasp the concept,” recalled Crimmins.  “I wanted to use animation as a teaching resource from that day forward.”

She had many friends who attended Brookdale and began taking courses in what peaked her interest at the time – drawing, photography and ceramics.


“Mary’s work always showed professionalism, polish and attention to detail. She was a perfectionist with a flexible mindset.”

– Professor Claire Smuga

After earning her degree in computer animation in 2018, Crimmins transferred to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. She said the strong background in 3D from her Brookdale classes prepared her well for her studies at FIT which are focusing now more on illustration and design. Crimmins plans on remaining in the New York/New Jersey area after completing her degree at FIT and to pursue a career in scenery design, with a long-term goal of teaching animation.

“Mary’s work always showed professionalism, polish and attention to detail,” said Professor Claire Smuga. “She was a perfectionist with a flexible mindset.”

This article originally appeared in the Brookdale Bulletin March 2019.

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