MS in DPA
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.
Students can choose to study DPA MS in either Clemson or Charleston, SC. When preparing to apply online, you may indicate your location of choice. The Graduate School online application may be found here.
The MS requires 30 credit hours and has both a thesis and a non-thesis option.
The objectives of the MS in DPA program are:
Students taking the MS thesis option are required to take 12 hours of core courses, 12 hours of technical electives, and 6 hours of thesis research.
MS non-thesis students are required to take 12 hours of core courses, 12 hours of technical electives, and an additional 6 hours of either technical or non-technical electives.
At least 15 of the 30 credit hours must be at the 8000-level for both thesis and non-thesis students. For thesis students, the 15-hour 8000-level requirement relates to coursework and is in addition to thesis research (DPA 8920).
*DPA 8920 Thesis Research (variable credit hours) (1-6 cr hrs): Master’s thesis research work. May be repeated. Six hours is required for graduation under the thesis option.
We offer financial support (scholarships) in both Charleston and Clemson locations. The level of support will be dependent on the student's application materials, however, we will strive to make costs competitive and affordable to all qualified students. We accept applications throughout the year on a rolling admission basis for the nearest term (Spring or Fall), however, our standard deadline for full consideration is January 15. Hourly positions are typically available in many departments across the university--graduate students can work up to 28 hours per week. Additionally, students may refer to the Clemson University Center for Career and Professional Development website for more career related information, or the Financial Aid Office.