12 months
27510 USD/year
27510 USD/year
12764 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Digital Production Arts (DPA) at Clemson University is a professional degree program aimed at producing technically savvy, artistically talented graduates who are sought after by the growing electronic arts industry.


The recent advent of dramatic visual effects in film, television, and games has created an unprecedented demand for educational programs leading to careers in the field. To fill this need, the Digital Production Arts program at Clemson University offers a unique blend of instruction from art, computer science, computer engineering, graphic communications, performing arts, philosophy, and psychology, together with newly designed courses targeted at production techniques specific to the animation effects industry.

Students successfully graduating from DPA will have many abilities through accomplishments in the program, such as:

  • Training in and application of artistic skills for storyboarding and character development.
  • Familiarity and experience with industry standard 3D packages Maya, Houdini, Nuke and others.
  • Training in compositing, 3D modeling, rigging, animation, lighting, simulation, and FX.
  • Programming skills in Python, C, and C++.
  • Understanding of computer-graphic methods for simulations and experience writing them in C++.
  • Experience working in a production environment in which they create an original short film from concept to final edit.
  • Experience doing original work leading to a MFA thesis.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Visual Narrative
  • Stage Lighting
  • Computer Graphics Images
  • Rendering and Shading
  • 3D Modeling and Animation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We accept applications throughout the year on a rolling admission


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The Clemson University Graduate School oversees the admissions process for all graduate programs at Clemson University. Criteria used in making decisions will vary according to the college and program you’re applying for, but all decisions include an evaluation of your potential for graduate-level work and the ability of a program to accommodate additional students.
  • Typically, each academic department accepting graduate students will form an admissions committee and review all requests, then forward the committee’s recommendations to the Graduate School for final approval and processing. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    27510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13755 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    27510 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13755 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    12764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6382 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Clemson

1104 - 1921 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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