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Animation and Digital Arts

University of Southern California

36 months
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The Animation and Digital Arts MFA program offered at University of Southern California focuses on animation production while covering the field's wide range of techniques and aesthetic approaches.

Overview

What you will learn

Hench DADA challenges graduate students to invent their own aesthetic. Although it embraces traditional forms, the program strongly encourages innovation and experimentation, and emphasizes imagination, creativity and critical thinking. Graduate students have their own mini studios within the Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg Center for Animation where they work on thesis.

The Animation and Digital Arts MFA program at University of Southern California is a three-year (six semester) graduate program designed for students who have clearly identified animation and digital art as their primary interest in cinema. The program focuses on animation production, including a wide range of techniques and aesthetic approaches, from hand-drawn character animation to state-of-the-art interactive digital animation. While embracing traditional forms, the program strongly encourages innovation and experimentation, and emphasizes imagination, creativity and critical thinking. Students should graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of animation from conception through realization; an understanding of the history of the medium and its aesthetics; in-depth knowledge of computer animation software and the most important elements of digital and interactive media.

The program requires a minimum of 50 units: 32 units are in prescribed, sequential courses in the School of Cinematic Arts. The other 18 units are cinematic arts electives, 4 of which must be taken in the Division of Critical Studies. A thesis is required for the MFA degree. Ongoing workshops in new technologies, traditional and digital media provide additional educational opportunities for student.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • History of Animation
  • The Art of Animation
  • Expanded Animation
  • Storytelling for Animation
  • Animation Production 
  • Animation
  • Animation Design and Production
  • The Business of Animation

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Credits

50 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • USC Graduate Application for Admission
  • SlideRoom Application
    • Cinematic Arts Supplemental Materials
      • Cinematic Arts Personal Statement
      • Portfolio
      • Résumé
      • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Official Transcripts (From all Academic Institutions Attended)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    60446 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30223 USD per semester during 36 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
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Funding

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