The B.F.A. in Art - Emerging Media Track allows students to integrate the multiple domains of art, storytelling, and technology. It is designed to provide a solid foundation in techniques and theory in one focused area of competence, as well as a broad understanding of related disciplines including arts, humanities, and technology. The program also offers extended experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on realistic problems. The program is administered through the School of Visual Arts and Design. It is recognized that there are many combinations of courses which meet the needs of individual students. Students choose from three specializations - Graphic Design, Character Animation, and Experimental Animation.
Experimental Animation is an undergraduate B.F.A. studio art program in which students explore expression through innovative and hybrid analog and digital methodology: we approach animation from an artistic, individualized point of view. In the major, students engage in classic, current, and widely varied techniques and mediums making moving images which may be narrative or non-narrative. By graduation, each student has developed a unique creative vision which culminates in the completion of a B.F.A. thesis project and exhibition/screening.
Selected excellent graduates of the Experimental Animation major show quick and clever adaptability and bear the broad intermedia-based set of skills needed to respond rapidly to everchanging technical and creative job markets, emerging fields, and contemporary exhibition modalities and venues. Also, selected former Experimental Animation students bear the diverse technical and creative depth to move immediately into a variety of graduate level arts majors in which they may develop inventive, cross-disciplinary formal and conceptual M.F.A. thesis research.
Animation students tend to use software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk Maya. It is recommended that students accepted in Experimental Animation buy their own personal computers and software. Students are free to consider the use of any software or techniques that will further their technical and creative interests as artist-animators. Since 3D computer animation is the most computing-power-intensive practice you might undertake in your major, please review the minimum hardware requirements for Autodesk Maya on the Autodesk website. Students can decide between purchasing a PC or Mac, but the program and instructors in senior classes emphasize the use of PCs.
If you are a current UCF student, you can login to MyUCF and change your major to Art BFA - Emerging Media Pending. Once you pass the Sophomore Portfolio Review, you will be given instructions for changing your specialization. The Registrar's Office provides a handout