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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Animation & Visual Effects

The MFA in Animation and Visual Effects focuses on storytelling with an emphasis on technical acuity and emotional response. Graduate students are grounded in strong traditional skills that are then translated into the depth and dimension facilitated by technology.

The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects film processes from concept to post production while fostering creativity, skills mastery, problem solving, and professionalism. Process, communication, collaboration, and time management are emphasized to ensure graduates meet the needs of the industry.

Learning Outcomes: Degree Breakdowns & Requirements:

MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements

Major 27 units
Directed Study 18 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
Electives* 6 units
TOTAL 63 units

*Per director approval

MFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements

1 Art Historical Awareness & Aesthetic Sensitivity course
1 Cross Cultural Understanding course
1 Professional Practices & Communications course
1 Major designated Graduate Liberal Arts course

And:
  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units
Sample Graduation Plan
  1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
FALL Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
Major Core
Major By Advisement
Major Elective/Minor
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
Major Core
Major Core
Major Elective/Minor
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
WINTER Intersession
SPRING Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
Major Core
Major By Advisement
Major Elective/Minor
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
Major Core
Major Elective/Minor
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
12 units
JUNE Intersession
SUMMER Major Elective/Minor
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Art Elective
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Art Elective
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Art Elective
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Totals 30 units 30 units 30 units 30 units
  Bachelor of Arts Degree in Multimedia Communications
NOTES
  • Students are advised to meet with a Student Services Advisor to map an individualized graduation plan
  • Student Services Advisor approval is required for course loads exceeding 12 units for Fall or Spring semesters and exceeding 6 units in Summer semesters
  • Financial Aid is not available for intersessions
  • A maximum of 1 course may be taken in intersessions
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