Clemson University Digital Production Arts

Master of Fine Arts & Master of Science

CLEMSON | CHARLESTON

ABOUT


Master of Fine Arts in DPA

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 MFA requires 60 credit hours including a MFA thesis.

Master of Science in DPA (new in 2017)

The Master of Science (MS) in Digital Production Arts (DPA) Program is a technical professional degree aimed at producing graduates who intend to seek employment in the software development of the electronic arts industry. Its focus includes the technical components of visual effects production for the film, electronic games, and commercial video industries. The MS in DPA is designed primarily to attract technically-minded students interested in learning applied technical knowledge and gaining the related experience to become competitive and pursue employment as a 3D graphics programmer, software engineer, tool builder, and/or technical director in the digital production entertainment industry, but interest may also include related fields, such as commercial virtual reality, 3D printing, and visualization. The MS requires 30 credit hours and has both a thesis and a non-thesis option.

 

Both programs are offered within the Division of Visual Computing in the School of Computing, with significant collaboration with the departments of Art and Performing Arts. Each 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. Students can choose to study in Clemson or Charleston, SC.

MFA 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 and sample course sequences

Minor iN DPA

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

LOCATIONS

Available locations to study DPA MFA program: Clemson or Charleston

NEWS

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

VIDEOS

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

ALUMNI

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

ADMISSION / APPLICATION


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 MFA 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. A master's thesis is optional in the MS program. Students can choose to study in Clemson or Charleston, SC.

REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the standard application and supporting materials required by Clemson Graduate School, the DPA MFA program requires a portfolio (optional in MS) 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 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.




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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NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • DreamWorks Animation
  • DREAMWORKS SUMMER PROGRAM
    Summer 2017

    DPA releases two new short films, Swept Up and Disposable, as part of the DreamWorks Animation Summer 2017 program. Watch the videos here.

  • SIGGRAPH
  • SIGGRAPH 2017
    August 2017

    DPA once again had a strong presence at this year's SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Checkout our Facebook photo album from SIGGRAPH.

  • Pixar Animation
  • PIXAR VISITS DPA
    Spring 2017

    David Eberle, Senior Simulation Software Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios visited DPA and gave a presentation on "Simulation at Pixar: Wrangling Newton's Second Law".

  • Disney Animation
  • DISNEY ANIMATION VISITS DPA
    Spring 2017

    Jeff Gipson, Lighting Artist & Jorge Ruiz, Animator of Walt Disney Animation Studios visited DPA and gave a presentation on "Information on Upcoming Projects, The Filmmaking Process, and Student Programs".

  • DreamWorks Animation
  • DREAMWORKS VISITS DPA
    Fall 2016

    DPA was excited to host another fun and eventful DreamWorks Animation visit this fall. Grazia Como gave a company overview and Bert Poole gave a presentation on Lighting for Animated Films at DWA.

  • Zucker Family Graduate Education Center
  • CHARLESTON GRAND OPENING!
    Fall 2016

    DPA is excited to announce the grand opening of the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (ZFGEC) in Charleston, SC, which houses the expansion of its MFA program. [more]


DPA Portfolio Day

DPA held a portfolio/open house in December which included student work displays, portfolio reviews, open discussions on academics and finances, and a reception. Photos from the portfolio day can be viewed here.

MechVR Paper Wins Presentation Award

Paper titled "MechVR: A physics-based proxy for locomotion and interaction in a virtual environment" won Best Presentation Award at ACM's Motion in Games conference in Barcelona, Spain.

DPA Professor Wins Film Award

DPA professor, David Donar, wins Animation Award at the Reedy Reels Film Festival for his short "Rail Road Bill". The video can be viewed here.

PEOPLE

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ZFGEC=Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, SC


Sabarish V. Babu  

306 McAdams | 864.656.5089

David S. Donar  

314 McAdams | 864.656.3924

Andrew Duchowski

309 McAdams | 864.656.7677

Robert M. Geist III  

2027 Barre

Donald H. House 

B102B1 Barre

Sophie Joerg  

318 McAdams | 864.656.0538

Ioannis Karamouzas  

208 ZFGEC | 843.730.5114

Insun Kwon  

317 McAdams | 864.656.0537

Brian Malloy 

313 McAdams | 864.656.2258

Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson  

307 McAdams | 864.656.0309

Tony Penna  

221 Brooks Ctr | 864.656.1013

Jerry Tessendorf  

302 McAdams | 864.656.6977

Dida Weeks  

103 McAdams | 864.656.5577

Victor Zordan  

308 McAdams & ZFGEC | 864.656.4144


CONTACT US

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

COLLABORATORS

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