Sara Wade

Instructor, Continuing Education

Sara Wade is an illustrator, animator, creative coder, and educator based in Colorado. Depending on the day, Sara is either an animator who loves to write code or a programmer who loves to animate. Working primarily in advertising and entertainment, Sara’s projects typically involve combining 2D, 3D, and code to create unique experiences; often in new and exciting formats.
Initially educated as an architect, Sara quickly found her way to new media back when Flash was still a thing. After 7 years working in the agency world, she made the move to freelance and hasn’t looked back. She has worked with many studios and agencies on some very exciting brands over the years including those of the Campari Group, Procter & Gamble, Disney, and Ubisoft.
In addition to working with clients, Sara is a dedicated educator and content creator. She regularly writes articles, creates tutorials, teaches, and designs workshops on animation and creative coding. She periodically develops courses and curriculum for universities. No matter what, Sara always makes time for coffee.


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.