Master of Fine Arts & Master of Science
The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) 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 M.F.A. is a terminal degree in fine arts, students will also be prepared to accept university faculty positions. The M.F.A. requires 60 credit hours including a M.F.A. thesis.
The Master of Science (M.S.) 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 M.S. 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 M.S. 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.
Available locations to study DPA M.F.A. program: Clemson or Charleston
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 M.F.A. 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.
In addition to the standard application and supporting materials required by Clemson Graduate School, the DPA M.F.A. program requires a portfolio (optional in M.S.) 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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DPA to have strong presence, including a booth, at The East Coast Game Conference (ECGC), the largest gathering of video game professionals on the east coast.
DPA hosts Global Game Jam, world's largest game creation event, in January at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, SC.
Sinead Butler and DPA alumna, Gina Nearing, visited DPA and gave a talk including their current shows, breakdowns, and info on their work on "Pacific Rim."
Marc Bryant, who earned both an undergraduate and a graduate degree at Clemson, is living the dream at Disney Animation. [more]
DPA releases two new short films, "Swept Up" and "Disposable," as part of the DreamWorks Animation Summer 2017 program. Watch the videos here.
DPA once again had a strong presence at this year's SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Checkout our Facebook photo album from SIGGRAPH.
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."
Jeff Gipson, lighting artist & Jorge Ruiz, animator, at Walt Disney Animation Studios visited DPA and gave a presentation on "Information on Upcoming Projects, The Filmmaking Process, and Student Programs."
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.
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 M.F.A. program. [more]
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ZFGEC=Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, SC