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Program at a Glance

College of Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts & Design, Schl of
$212.28 per credit hour
$748.89 per credit hour

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The Emerging Media BFA 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. Provide a broad understanding of related disciplines including arts, humanities, and technology. Provide 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. Three tracks - Character Animation, Experimental Animation and Graphic Design - lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

The Experimental Animation track encourages students to 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. The School affirms that a theoretical and working understanding of the historical meanings and studio applications of the human image are critical in the education of Visual Art and Art History students. To develop such as understanding, Art courses often utilize images of clothed and unclothed human figures and, in certain studio classes, live nude models.

Admission Requirements

  • Experimental Animation: all junior level Experimental Animation students must satisfactorily complete the mandatory ART 3950-Portfolio Review before enrolling in upper division ART courses or Experimental Animation restricted electives. The Spring review takes place in the first week of March. The Fall review takes place in the first week of October.
  • Students unable to satisfactorily complete ART 3950-Portfolio Review may continue in the Art History or the Visual Art and Emerging Media Management tracks.
  • Note: One-on-one portfolio reviews are not possible due to the large number of received portfolios.

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog by filing a catalog year change with their degree change form.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 36 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.
  • Students must earn at least a "C" (2.0) in each required course except DIG 2000, which requires a "B" (3.0) or better.
  • BFA students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in all major requirements.
  • Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
  • Students should consult with their SVAD advisor on a regular basis.
  • Note: Emerging Media majors must have continual access to a computer. Contact the UCF Computer Store or see the website ( for the minimum hardware and software specifications.
  • No more than 6 hours of overlap allowed between courses used in the Emerging Media BFA and any minor. Please see SVAD advising for permission to complete more than one major in SVAD. Certain restrictions apply and a plan of study must be approved.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

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Career Opportunities

UCF prepares you for life beyond the classroom. Here, you’ll experience a wide range of opportunity, like learning diverse skills from world-renowned faculty to networking with top employers across Central Florida to gaining first-hand experience in internships nearby. Achieve your degree and more as a Knight.
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