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Nicki Utecht

Hello! I am Nicki Utecht, a 2D animator and character designer based in Milwaukee, WI. I recently graduated from Milwaukee area Technical College with an associate’s degree in 2D animation. I am currently looking to intern or work in the field to build my portfolio and gain experience in both animation and character design.

Besides animating, I love illustration and character design. Creating a character and bringing them to life is one of my favorite things to do. Outside of art, I enjoy cooking and baking, spending time with my gecko, playing video games, watching cartoons, and singing.

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MATC’s unique facilities and the program’s innovative curriculum offer a comprehensive background in animation. Students have opportunities to learn about 2D animation and 3D animation. Portfolio reviews in several courses are designed to assist you in compiling work samples to show employers.

From visualization of architectural spaces to video games to effects in movies, animation is expanding.

The Animation associate degree features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


  • Animator 2D/3D
  • Background Designer
  • 3D Modeling Specialist
  • Character Rigger
  • Commercial Animator
  • Medical Animation Specialist
  • Legal Animation Simulation Specialist
  • Texture Artist