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 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 opportunities to assume an artistic leadership role. The principal emphasis is placed on narrative film structure and the entrepreneurial aspects of animation as related to independent filmmaking, studio employment, and job creation.
The Studio Art and Design track provides a concentrated studio experience to enhance creative approaches using 21st Century experimental practices. The Studio Art and Design MFA degree produces innovative, creative, professional talent in both traditional studio and industry practices. With focused study in contemporary studio practices, such as performance art, installation, experimental time-based media, and fine arts, graduate faculty inspire students to be citizens of the arts both as contributors and professionals.