The Digital Media Track in the Emerging Media MFA is a specialized program designed to train degree candidates to learn and implement the conceptual, design, and technical skills needed for twenty-first century storytelling. The principal emphasis of the program is on the creation of compelling content for new media for which production tools and processes are currently being invented. These students pursue a variety of goals addressing media convergence: including digital, and dynamic media skills, extending these skills into new areas, or in the case of educators and media professionals, expanding their expertise and credentials for use in their professions.
This degree program builds on undergraduate knowledge to build a mature set of conceptual, design, and technical skills needed to communicate stories and messages in a single discipline or in an interdisciplinary environment. A twelve-hour thesis project is required. A typical thesis might involve designing content that is imparted through integrating traditional media with computer-based and computer-enhanced formats where the content is enriched by the use of novel interactive modalities and techniques. Work in the thesis will extend the capabilities of interfaces and measure the effectiveness of training and communicating.
This MFA track is embedded in a rich environment of digital media work at UCF and in the surrounding community. The following are active areas of work at UCF:
The School of Visual Arts and Design faculty have extensive professional and academic experience in areas spanning film, video, multimedia, interactive and web design, human-centered interactive design, exhibition and theme park design, simulation and training, game development, broadcast design and motion graphics, animation, visual language, immersive design environments, database design, e-commerce, digital storytelling, and educational technology and community development.
Students desiring admission to the Digital Media track should have an undergraduate degree in a media-related creative or technical field such as art, film, animation, theater, music, digital media, computer science, English, or education in the arts. Students will be admitted on the basis of a portfolio review or compelling plan of action for the creation of new knowledge in a profession or field of study by the addition of Digital Media. Desirable background skills for this degree include computer and software literacy. Examples include mastery of Mac or PC workstations that are configured with a diverse range of hardware and software for multimedia production.
The Digital Media track in the Emerging Media MFA program is a full-time three-year cohort style program (six full-time semesters excluding summers) and students must progress through the program by taking required classes in particular semesters. The program requires a minimum of 66 credit hours including a thesis project. The program requires 48 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours of program electives, and 12 credit hours of thesis.
During the first academic year, the student pursues required courses. Throughout the second year, the student finishes remaining required coursework and enrolls in electives approved by his or her thesis chairperson/adviser. During the third year, the student’s focus is on completing his or her thesis work.
For more information please visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.
January 15 priority and international deadline
July 1 deadline for admissions consideration