With the start of fall 2016 semester, DPA MFA and MS students now have the option to study in either Clemson (McAdams Hall) or Charleston (Zucker Family Graduate Education Center), SC. For more information on DPA's new location in Charleston, please click here.
The DPA program's Clemson facility is designed to closely parallel facilities at major animation and effects studios. Located in the main School of Computing building, McAdams Hall, we have a large multi-purpose studio, a classroom, a screening room, and an auxiliary student workroom. We have an additional art studio space in nearby Barre Hall.
At the rear of the DPA Studio is the DPA Screening Room. The screening room houses a cinema grade Christie projector and computers which allow students to review their work and screen films at the resolution, brightness, and contrast levels experienced in a commercial or professional theater. The screening room also has a workstation that is used for presentations, technical demos, and remote reviews with companies like Dreamworks Animation and Moondog Animation Studio.
At the end of the main hallway in McAdams Hall is the entrance to the DPA Studio. The studio was designed to closely parallel the production environment of major animation and visual effects studios. The multi-purpose studio holds 21 high powered dual-screen Linux workstations, a 14 camera Vicon motion capture system, and a green screen area. The studio is the heart of the DPA facilities and it gives students a real, collaborative production experience.
Adjacent to the DPA studio is the DPA classroom. The classroom holds 30 Dell Alienware Alpha R2 workstations plus 20 Wacom Intuos Pro tables that allow faculty to provide demos, interactive lectures, and hands-on instruction to DPA students. The classroom is also accessible by undergraduate students who minor in DPA.
The student workroom houses additional work stations for DPA student use. A collection of iMacs with Cintiq tablets allow students to sketch out their latest story ideas or paint surfaces for a character in production. A new MacPro workstation gives students access to high resolution video editing tools. In addition to the workstations, the workroom provides storage lockers for personal belongings, a refrigerator and microwave, and a break area where students can play video games.
DPA is excited to announce the expansion of its MFA and MS programs, located in the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center (ZFGEC) in Charleston, South Carolina. The ZFGEC houses high-tech classrooms equipped with the latest technology, collaboration spaces and conference rooms, laboratory and studio spaces, and more. A variety of courses are offered each semester by Clemson faculty in a traditional face-to-face classroom format and via "real time" streaming to and from Clemson’s main campus. DPA students can choose to study in Clemson or Charleston, and are not required to travel between the two locations.