Emerging Media M.F.A. – Animation and Visual Effects is a specialized program designed to emulate the professional studio environment, providing each student with an opportunity to assume an artistic leadership role. Principal emphasis is placed on narrative film structure and entrepreneurial aspects of animation as related to studio- and job-creation.
Designed to prepare students for careers in animation, courses provide students with an understanding of the collaborative function of a commercial studio. Labs and studios are equipped with industry-standard software and hardware. Faculty members have extensive professional, industry experience.
The program allows students to create or direct their own animation and visual effects. Students are encouraged to develop visual storytelling skills while using a variety of techniques, including traditional hand-drawn, stop-motion, 2D computer, and 3D computer animation.
Graduates are well qualified to enter the teaching and academic professions and have a competitive edge within the animation, visual effects, and simulation industries.
Alumni are working for major animation and gaming companies such as Walt Disney Animation Studios, Reel EFX, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Electronic Arts, Riot Games, and Blizzard Entertainment or creating simulations for organizations including the U.S. Navy, NASA, DISTI, and Lockheed Martin.
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in animation, visual effects, emerging media, art, film, theater, computer science, graphic design, illustration, creative writing, mass communications, game design or related field and must demonstrate, through a portfolio of work and writing, that they are currently proficient in the area of animation. Applicants are expected to already know how to animate and/or create visual effects.
- Original Animation/VFX Production concept demonstrated in a treatment with accompanying storyboards for a 2-3 minute concept. A treatment is written in short story format.
- Statement of purpose
- Three letters of recommendation
January 15 priority and international deadline
July 1 deadline for admissions consideration