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 (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.

Master of Science in DPA (new in 2017)

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.

M.F.A. 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 M.F.A. 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 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.

REQUIREMENTS

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.


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

  • Double Negative
  • DOUBLE NEGATIVE VISITS DPA

    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."

  • March Bryant
  • DPA ALUM MARC BRYANT

    Marc Bryant, who earned both an undergraduate and a graduate degree at Clemson, is living the dream at Disney Animation. [more]

  • DreamWorks Animation
  • DREAMWORKS SUMMER PROGRAM

    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

    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

    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

    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."

  • DreamWorks Animation
  • DREAMWORKS VISITS DPA

    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!

    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]


South Carolina Underground Film Festival (SCUFF)

DPA student movie, Phooled, gets Honorable Mention at the South Carolina Underground Film Festival (SCUFF).

David Donar Wins at Reedy Reels Film Festival

DPA professor David Donar wins Animation Award for his film, Blue Note, at the Reedy Reels Film Festival. [more]

DPA Hosts Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios Production Engineer Rebecca Hallac, gave insights into Blue Sky's technical roles and pipeline. Mindy Berardini, Recruiter & Talent Development Associate, shared information on Blue Sky's internship program.

DreamWorks Visits DPA in Charleston

Representatives from DreamWorks Animation visited DPA's Charleston campus for student interviews and a company overview talk. [photos]

 

 

PEOPLE

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ZFGEC=Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in Charleston, SC


Sabarish V. Babu  

Associate Professor

 

306 McAdams | 864.656.5089

David S. Donar  

Associate Professor - Art

 

314 McAdams | 864.656.3924

Andrew Duchowski

Professor

 

309 McAdams | 864.656.7677

Sophie Joerg  

Associate Professor

 

318 McAdams | 864.656.0538

Ioannis Karamouzas  

Assistant Professor

 

208 ZFGEC | 843.730.5114

Insun Kwon  

Professor of Practice

 

317 McAdams | 864.656.0537

Brian Malloy 

Associate Professor

 

313 McAdams | 864.656.2258

Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson  

Assoc. Director of DPA, Assoc. Professor

 

307 McAdams | 864.656.0309

Tony Penna  

Associate Professor - Theatre

 

221 Brooks Ctr | 864.656.1013

Anthony Summey  

Instructor

 

Barre 2022

Jerry Tessendorf  

Professor

 

302 McAdams | 864.656.6977

Dida Weeks  

Administrative Coordinator

 

103 McAdams | 864.656.5577


Victor Zordan  

Director of DPA, VC Chair, Professor

 

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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