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Program at a Glance

College of Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts & Design, Schl of
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The Emerging Media BFA allows students to integrate multiple domains of art, design, storytelling, and technology in one of the three portfolio required tracks, Character Animation, Experimental Animation or Graphic Design. The program is designed to provide: a solid foundation in techniques and theory in one of the listed tracks; a broad understanding of related disciplines including arts, humanities, and technology; and, an extended experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on realistic problems. The program is administered through the School of Visual Arts and Design.

The Experimental Animation track encourages students to explore expression through innovative and often hybrid, analog and digital practice(s). The track approaches animation from an artistic, individualized point of view. In the track, students engage in classic, current, and widely varied techniques and mediums making moving images, which may be narrative or non-narrative creative works. By graduation, each student has developed a unique creative vision which culminates in the completion of a B.F.A. capstone.

As part of the program, some courses study the form and proportion of the human figure. Nude models are used as reference.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission into the Experimental Animation track requires successful completion of the Experimental Animation Portfolio review. The Experimental Animation review process is held in the Spring semester. Portfolio information can be found at:
  • Students who do not pass the Experimental Animation Portfolio review should contact SVAD Advising ( to discuss options.
  • 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 each semester.
  • Note: Emerging Media majors must have continual access to a computer. Contact the UCF Technology Product Center 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.
  • 2-D Animator
  • 3-D Animator
  • 3-D Modeler
  • Art Director
  • Digital Artist
  • Digital Compositor
  • Gallery Artist
  • Independent Filmmaker
  • Stop Motion Artist
  • Video Game Artist

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