Welcome to Dr. Nicola Marae Allain’s faculty website.
Nicola is the Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at SUNY Empire State College, supervising the following departments: (1) Arts and Media (2) Historical Studies, and (3) Literature, Communication, and Cultural Studies.
Though my administrative duties leave me less time for teaching, I still offer select advanced undergraduate or graduate independent studies in my areas of expertise. Take a look at the “About” page to learn more about my academic background and the types of topics I cover. Reading the course descriptions provided on this site should also give you an idea about options. In addition to “traditional” performing arts, media and philosophy training, I have extensive expertise in digital media and technology, having developed a wide range of systems, environments and artifacts. For example, the avatars in the header above are a sampling of the 100 or so 3D characters I created for the virtual world Second Life, using Adobe Photoshop and a number of 3D software applications.