Degree Requirements

The MFA program in computer art is multidisciplinary by nature. As technology and software evolve, new opportunities for creative self-expression emerge. Specific departmental course requirements are kept to a minimum and students meet with the departmental advisor to determine which classes are appropriate for their planned course of study. Students may concentrate their studies in animation, motion graphics and fine art, or pursue a multidisciplinary course of study. Students may concentrate their studies in 3D animation & VFX, 2D animation, experimental art or pursue a multidisciplinary course of study.


Individual progress is assessed each semester to determine a student’s readiness to proceed to the next level. Although most students earn their degrees in four semesters, some find it necessary or desirable to study for five or six semesters before completing the thesis process. Extended study in the program is determined on an individual basis and important considerations such as course work, visa extension and financial aid must be resolved before extended study can be approved.


The recommended course load is 15 credits per semester. All students must be registered for a minimum of 9 credits per semester in order to remain enrolled in the program. 


General Requirements 

  • Successful completion of 60 credits, including all required courses and the thesis project. Documentation of all thesis projects must be on file with the MFA Computer Arts Department to be eligible for degree conferral. 
  • Participate in a public thesis presentation. 
  • Students are required to maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in order to remain in good academic standing. 
  • A matriculation of two academic years is required. Students must complete their degree within four years, unless given an official extension by the provost. 


NOTE: Departmental requirements are subject to change by the department chair if the chair deems that such change is warranted.


First-Year Requirements
Second-Year Requirements
General Course Listing
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