MFA in Animation Degree
Florham Campus, Madison, NJ
Visual & Performing Arts Department
A Master of Fine Arts is the terminal degree in animation. Our MFA offers three concentrations (3D Character Animation, Visual Effects, Video Games) that center around gaining intensive hands-on skills in the chosen concentration. This major focuses on increasing practical, visual, and creative skills to the highest level and provides students an opportunity to enhance their portfolios using twenty-first century media and technologies. It also offers students the opportunity to participate in group projects and requires them to execute rigorous, in-depth thesis projects that demonstrate the skills learned in all of the classes in the curriculum. Upon completion, the thesis projects are exhibited in a public venue. Additionally, MFA students prepare portfolios and other materials necessary for job applications and interviews. Before exiting the program, they are required to present their portfolios via mock interviews to a panel of professionals who will review, critique, and provide feedback on their work.
This major accepts recent undergraduates, masters level transfer students, working professionals who want to grow their animation skills, as well as people who desire a complete career change. As a full-time student, this major is a 60-credit (two-year) degree that spans six semesters. The fall and spring semesters are attended in-residence and the summer semesters, as well as the thesis courses, are completed online. Part-time students may attend courses over multiple years until the required 60 credits are completed.
Upon entry, students select one of these concentrations to be their area of focus.
MFA in Animation degree applicants must digitally submit a portfolio of 10-15 creative pieces as part of the application process. Acceptance is based on the quality of the work as well as meeting all of the other academic admission requirements of the university. The review committee is looking for work that is original in concept and content and will evaluate the portfolios to determine if the applicant qualifies to enter the program based on their artistic skills. If the submitted work infringes on copyright laws or is copied from other sources the applicant will be denied admission.
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No Standardized Testing is Required.
- Completed FDU graduate admissions application
- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 2.70 (applicants with a CGPR of less than 2.70 may be admitted on probation)
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- Digital portfolio
- Two letters of recommendation (from a professor, employer, or professional in the field familiar with the student's strengths and abilities)
- Personal statement
- Resume or curriculum vitae