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Program at a Glance

College of Sciences
Nicholson Schl of Comm & Media
$369.65 per credit hour
$1,194.05 per credit hour

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The Master of Fine Arts in Emerging Media program offers tracks in Animation and Visual Effects and Studio Art and Design. The MFA is a terminal scholarly and creative degree suitable for those students wishing to pursue careers as professors in higher education or as creative leaders in the industry.

Both tracks require 60 credit hours and students follow a three-year cohort style program (six full-time semesters excluding summers). Degree credit is obtained in theory courses, electives, supervised research, and a thesis project. Students progress through the program by taking required classes in particular semesters. Students must remain with their cohort in order to remain in good academic standing and graduate.

The Animation and Visual Effects track is a specialized program designed to emulate the professional studio environment, providing each student with an opportunity to assume an artistic leadership role. The principal emphasis is placed on narrative film structure and the entrepreneurial aspect of animation as related to studio and job creation.

The Studio Art and Design track provides students an opportunity to inform and enhance their artistic practice using twenty-first-century electronic media. The emphasis on electronic media is pliable enough to encompass the many ways in which technology intersects with contemporary art and design. Students in the program are invited to combine their backgrounds in traditional art- or computer-related disciplines within a conceptually driven, interdisciplinary environment. Courses provide exposure to time-based media, performance art, video art, sound works, kinetic sculpture, computer-based art, and art using the Internet in order to understand how these forms are driving twenty-first-century artistic practice and informing our understanding of contemporary cultural identities.

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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.
  • 3D Animator
  • Advertising Photographer
  • Aerial Photographer
  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Catalogue Illustrator
  • Graphic Artist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Marine Photographer
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Newspaper Photojournalist
  • Photography Professor
  • Photojournalist
  • Piano Professor
  • Scene and Lighting Design Lecturer
  • School Photographer
  • Stagecraft Professor
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Voice Professor
  • Wedding Photographer
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