Clemson University Digital Production Arts

Master of Fine Arts

ABOUT


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.

curriculum

A list of foundation and core classes, electives, and studio & thesis courses.

FAQ

See a list of frequently asked questions & answers, and other student resources.

Handbook

View the DPA handbook for administration info & Sample Course Sequences.

Minor iN DPA

The DPA minor helps students develop entry-level artistic & technical expertise.

FACILITIES

Take a tour of the DPA studio, screening room, and classroom spaces.

ALUMNI

Meet DPA alumni, read testimonials, and see where they work.

NEWS

Latest news on our program, students, faculty, alumni, & friends.

VIDEOS

Visit our vimeo channel to view student, class, promo, and event videos.

ADMISSION


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.

REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the standard application required by Clemson Graduate School, the DPA program requires a portfolio containing three parts: computer programming samples, art samples, and a writing sample.


HOW TO APPLY

Fill out Clemson Graduate School online application. Email us a link to your portfolio at dpa@clemson.edu. Be sure to submit all other necessary documentation with your online application, including references and test scores.


WHAT'S NEXT

For more information about the requirements for Clemson graduate school, please visit the Clemson Graduate School website. You may also watch this video here as to what happens after you apply.




SHOWCASE

Check out some of our latest videos. Click on an image to watch and access all other DPA videos on Vimeo.

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LATEST NEWS

  • Gold Reel Student Film Festival
  • ALEX BEATY WINS 3 AWARDS FOR PBJ!
    2015 Gold Reel Student Film Festival

    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.

  • DreamWorks
  • RED STORM VISITS DPA
    April 2015

    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 titled "Game Development: Shooting at a Moving Target". [abstract]

  • Zucker Family Graduate Education Center
  • DPA MFA in Charleston, SC!
    Coming Fall 2016

    DPA is excited to announce the expansion of its MFA program, to be housed in the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. [more]

  • DreamWorks
  • DREAMWORKS SUMMER PROJECT
    Summer 2015

    This summer, nine DPA students will participate in a ten-week intensive production event in which they will create a short film under the mentorship of top supervisors from DreamWorks Animation.

  • Gresham Lochner, Locktix
  • LOCKTIX VISITS DPA
    March 2015

    Gresham Lochner, Owner and Executive Producer of Locktix Visual Effects in Los Angeles, visits DPA [more]

  • Gina Nearing
  • STUDENT AWARDS 2015

    Congratulations Gina Nearing & Alex Beaty for winning the "2015 Outstanding MFA Student in Digital Production Arts" award. The School of Computing Awards ceremony that took place on Friday, April 3, 2015.

  • PeanutButterJelly
  • PEANUT BUTTER JELLY
    New Animated Short

    The new animated short Peanut Butter Jelly, directed by DPA student Alex Beaty, has now been completed. Click here to watch it on Vimeo or view the news story by WSPA News Channel 7 here.

  • DPA Alumni
  • Meet DPA Alumni

    "My educational experience in DPA was amazing. It was an intense interdisciplinary curriculum that improved my foundation in computer programming, supercharged my existing knowledge of multimedia programs, and introduced me to new dimensions of learning..." Read more testimonials from our alumni!

  • Photo credit: Justin Kern
  • DPA ALUM WINS BIG WITH BIG HERO 6
    Oscars 2015

    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.

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  • SIGGRAPH 2015, Los Angeles, CA
    Save the Date!

    Join DPA faculty, staff, students, alumnus, and industry friends, as we gather for a fun evening of fun, food, drinks, and networking at our Reception on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 6:00-10:00 pm at Tom's Urban LA Live, Los Angeles, CA.

PEOPLE

Click on the images to link to external faculty/staff pages


Sabarish V. Babu  

306 McAdams | 864.656.5089

Timothy A. Davis  

303 McAdams | 864.656.0309

David S. Donar  

314 McAdams | 864.656.3924

Andrew Duchowski

309 McAdams | 864.656.7677

Robert M. Geist III  

308 McAdams | 864.656.2258

Donald H. House 

319 McAdams | 864.656.2844

Sophie Joerg  

318 McAdams | 864.656.0538

Joshua A. Levine  

317 McAdams | 864.656.0537

Brian Malloy 

308 McAdams | 864.656.2258

Tony Penna  

221 Brooks Ctr | 864.656.1013

Greg Shelnutt  

124 Lee | 864.656.3880

Jerry Tessendorf  

302 McAdams | 864.656.6977

Josh Tomlinson  

131 McAdams | 864.656.5503

Dida Weeks  

129 McAdams | 864.656.5577


CONTACT US

For all general inquiries, please email us at dpa@clemson.edu or call us at 864.656.5577

DPA Studio is located in Room 118 McAdams Hall.
Visit the DPA Facilities page to find out more about the DPA space including studio, screening room, classroom, and workroom.

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COLLABORATORS

DreamWorks         MOONDOG

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