Fairleigh Dickinson University

Master of Fine Arts in Animation


285 Madison Avenue

285 Madison Ave. M-DH2-01

Madison, NJ 07940

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Fine Arts in Animation

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

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.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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