Digital Media This is a Track

College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MFA
Department : School of Visual Arts and Design Option : Thesis
Program Websites : http://svad.cah.ucf.edu/programs.php#graduate

TRACK DESCRIPTION

This program has reached capacity for Fall 2017 and is no longer accepting applications for this term. The next available term for admission is Fall 2018.

The Master of Fine Arts in Emerging Media offers a Digital Media track designed to educate the next generation of filmmakers and media entrepreneurs and produce artists, entrepreneurs, educators, engineers, and scientists who use digital technologies to create content in many venues (digital media, interactive entertainment, and a host of others), and who will develop and use digital technologies in new ways.

CURRICULUM

The Digital Media track in the Emerging Media MFA program is a full-time three-year cohort style program (six full-time semesters excluding summers) and students must progress through the program by taking required classes in particular semesters. The program requires a minimum of 66 credit hours including a thesis project. The program requires 48 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours of program electives, and 12 credit hours of thesis.
 
Total Credit Hours Required:
66 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

During the first academic year, the student pursues required courses. Throughout the second year, the student finishes remaining required coursework and enrolls in electives approved by his or her thesis chairperson/adviser. During the third year, the student’s focus is on completing his or her thesis work

Required Courses—48 Credit Hours

  • DIG 5137 Information Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 5487 Principles of Visual Language (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6136 Design for New Media (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6546 Previsualization and Concept Development (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6551 Applied Interactive Story (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6605 Physical Computing (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6647 Science and Technology of Dynamic Media (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6812 Digital Interaction for Informal Learning (3 credit hours)
  • ARH 5897 Advanced Seminar in Art History (3 credit hours)
  • ART 5280 Serial Content (3 credit hours)
  • ART 5696 Art, Design and Human Interactions (3 credit hours)
  • ART 5941 Graduate Practicum I (1 credit hour)
  • ART 6683C Time Arts (3 credit hours)
  • ART 6930 Graduate Seminar (1 credit hour, taken four times)
  • ART 6942 Graduate Practicum II (1 credit hour)
  • FIL 5800 Research Methods in Film and Digital Media (3 credit hours)
  • FIL 6673 Arts and Media Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—6 Credit Hours

Students should choose from graduate-level courses within the School of Visual Arts and Design that are not already required for their program. These courses include those with the following prefixes: ARH, ART, DIG and FIL. If approved by the Graduate Program Director, there are many graduate-level courses in the College of Arts and Humanities that can be used as electives in addition to other graduate courses. These courses must be selected so as to ensure that at least one-half of the courses in the student’s plan of study are taken at the 6000 level. Normally, at least half of the selected electives should be taken within the School of Visual Arts and Design.

A listing of courses offered can be found in the drop-down Catalog Menu at the top of the page under "Courses." 

Thesis—12 Credit Hours

  • DIG 6971 Thesis (12 credit hours)

Each candidate for the Master of Fine Arts must submit a thesis proposal and preliminary bibliography on a topic selected in consultation with the adviser. The formal thesis is initiated by the preparation of a proposal that will meet both departmental and university requirements for the thesis. Prior to enrollment into thesis, the adviser, in consultation with the student, will designate a Thesis Committee to be further approved by the Dean of Arts and Humanities or their designee. This committee is chaired by the adviser and includes two or more additional faculty members from the School of Visual Arts and Design.

The members of the student’s thesis committee will judge the proposal as the preliminary step to beginning the thesis. This committee must approve the Thesis Proposal before academic credit can accrue.

The thesis project for the Emerging Media MFA, Digital Media track involves creating innovative applications of digital media to serve artistic, entertainment, commercial, and/or educational needs. The thesis consists of three parts: (1) the creative project (that utilizes digital media); (2) the production journal (documenting the process of developing the project and evaluating its effectiveness); and (3) dissemination (the work is submitted in a juried exhibition, a refereed publication, or other venue that demonstrates development in connection with a professional partner).

The production journal portion of the thesis a formal written document. The introduction cites similar, related, and antecedent work; the body explains the purposes of the project, the method of its production, and any evaluation that was performed; and it concludes with plans for future work. The thesis will also include an archival copy of the resulting creative product. Both the thesis and the creative product must be delivered in a digital form, acceptable by the UCF library according to its standards for digital dissertations and theses.

Thesis Defense

In addition to the creative project, the written thesis, and dissemination of work, the final step in completing the thesis requirement is an oral defense before the thesis committee. Candidates present their creative or research work and explain its creation in an oral defense. These presentations are made to the student’s committee, in a public meeting that other faculty and students may attend.

Course Schedule

The Emerging Media MFA is a full-time 3-year cohort program that requires students to abide by the following course sequence. Students must remain with their cohort in order to remain in good academic standing and graduate.

YEAR 1

Fall—13 Credit Hours
  • ARH 5897 Advanced Seminar in Art History (3 credit hours)
  • ART 5941 Graduate Practicum I (1 credit hour)
  • DIG 5487 Principles of Visual Language (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6647 Science and Technology of Dynamic Media (3 credit hours)
  • FIL 6673 Arts and Media Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
Spring—13 Credit Hours
  • ART 5280 Serial Content (3 credit hours)
  • ART 6942 Graduate Practicum II (1 credit hour)
  • DIG 5137 Information Architecture (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6136 Design for New Media (3 credit hours)
  • FIL 5800 Research Methods in Film and Digital Media (3 credit hours)

YEAR 2

Fall—10 Credit Hours
  • ART 5696 Art, Design and Human Interactions (3 credit hours)
  • ART 6683C Time Arts (3 credit hours)
  • ART 6930 Graduate Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • DIG 6546 Previsualization and Concept Development (3 credit hours)
Spring—10 Credit Hours
  • ART 6930 Graduate Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • DIG 6551 Applied Interactive Story (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6605 Physical Computing (3 credit hours)
  • DIG 6812 Digital Interaction for Informal Learning (3 credit hours)

YEAR 3

Fall—10 Credit Hours
  • ART 6930 Graduate Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • DIG 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • ART, DIG or FIL Elective (3 credit hours)
Spring—10 Credit Hours
  • ART 6930 Graduate Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • DIG 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
  • ART, DIG or FIL Elective (3 credit hours)

Equipment Fee

Students in the Emerging Media MFA program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Independent Learning

A thesis is required.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The graduate faculty determines final eligibility of applicants. In the case of restricted admission with deficiencies, the graduate committee decides the appropriate courses to be taken to compensate for the deficiencies. The letter of admission will specify the requirements that must be completed for regular admission.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) for each college/university attended.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers who can address the applicant’s ability to undertake graduate-level course work.
    • These must be submitted using the online letter of recommendation process that is part of the online application. 
     
  • A 500-word essay demonstrating the applicant’s breadth of knowledge, insight, curiosity, vision, voice, and ability to think critically. The applicant should respond to ONE of the following:
    • Discuss the relationship between emerging technologies and creative expression.
    • Discuss the continuing conflict between art and commerce and how its energy might be made to serve the creative process.
    • Discuss the social, political, and cultural role and responsibilities of the artist/creator in a global society. 
     
  • Résumé or a 250-word biography detailing the applicant’s creative and entrepreneurial accomplishments as they relate to a professional and/or educational setting.
  • A personal vision statement identifying the research area you intend to pursue and a compelling vision of how you intend to utilize your acquired knowledge and skills after completing the degree.
  • A creative portfolio submitted on a flash drive
    • The total portfolio file size must no larger than 2.5 MB. If you are submitting a video file that is larger than 2.5 MB please upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo and provide the link in this section of the application. View YouTube uploading instructions here: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=57924. When uploading the video, please title the submission with your full name, and select "unlisted" as your Privacy choice.
    • Please upload a document with the link to your portfolio to the application. The link can be from You Tube, Vimeo, DropBox, Google Drive, etc. You may also upload your PDF portfolio directly to the application or submit it via email to svadadvising@ucf.edu.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, the applicant's potential for completing the degree and the current applicant pool.

Application Deadlines

Digital Media *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 1

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International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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