Master of Fine Arts
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Digital Production Arts (DPA) at Clemson University is a professional degree program aimed at producing technically savvy, artistically talented graduates who are sought after by the growing electronic arts industry, particularly by those companies engaged in visual effects within the entertainment and commercial video, film, and gaming industries. The DPA program offers a unique blend of instruction from art, computer science, computer engineering, graphic communications, performing arts, philosophy, and psychology, together with newly designed courses targeted at production techniques specific to the animation, visual effects, and electronic games industries. Because the MFA is a terminal degree in fine arts, students will also be prepared to accept university faculty positions.
The program is offered within the Division of Visual Computing in the School of Computing, with significant collaboration with the departments of Art and Performing Arts. It offers a unique blend of instruction, with coursework ranging from the artistic to the technical, all with a strong emphasis on advanced studio methods for visual problem solving.
The Digital Production Arts program requires students to become proficient in both computer science and art. While few students initially possess equal skills in both areas, you should be able to provide evidence of ability, or at least potential, in each field. Additionally, the program requires every student to complete a master's thesis; therefore, you must submit a writing sample so that your writing skills can be assessed.
In addition to the standard application and supporting materials required by Clemson Graduate School, the DPA program requires a portfolio containing three parts: computer programming samples, art samples, and a writing sample.
For more information about the supporting materials required for the graduate school, checking the status of your application, or responding to the admission offer, please visit the Clemson Graduate School website.
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Rats, an animated short film by DPA students Karl Jahnke, Jordan Gestring, Chuqiao Wang & Junyan Wang, was selected by the Russian International Film Festival in the One Minute Narrative category!
Peanut Butter Jelly, an animated short film by DPA students under the direction of DPA alum Alex Beaty, has been accepted into the 2015 Charleston International Film Festival!
This summer, eight DPA students participated in a ten-week intensive production event in which they created two short films under the mentorship of top supervisors from DreamWorks Animation. View on vimeo.
DPA is excited to announce the expansion of its MFA program, to be housed in the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, South Carolina. [more]
Gresham Lochner, Owner and Executive Producer of Locktix Visual Effects in Los Angeles, visited DPA to talk to the students and give a talk about jobs in the VFX industry. [more]
Steve Reid, Managing Director / EVP of Red Storm Entertainment - A Ubisoft Studio, visited DPA on Friday, April 24, 2015 to talk to DPA students and present a talk on game development. [abstract]
"My educational experience in DPA was amazing. It was an intense interdisciplinary curriculum ...in computer programming, supercharged my knowledge of multimedia programs, and introduced me to new dimensions of learning..." [more]
Congratulations to DPA Alum Justin Kern for his work as Technical Director in VFX on the movie "Big Hero 6" which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2015 Oscars.
Congratulations Alex Beaty for winning Best Animation, Best Directing, and Best Overall awards at the 2015 Gold Reel Student Film Festival at UNC Charlotte on April 25, 2015.
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