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Animation, MFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #1221 (BCR) , IL,
The Animation MFA program from DePaul University is the premiere degree of the DePaul graduate Animation program. It’s designed for students who are interested in creating original animated films and artwork as their main vocation, and is the terminal degree in the field.

About

The Animation MFA program from DePaul University is centered around a fall-through-spring single project model, in which students are closely mentored by faculty. 

The Program

During the first year students spend the majority of their time working on a film they complete under the tutelage of one of the two Animation MFA Co-Chairs, Amy Lockhart and Jacob Ciocci. They also choose MFA Faculty Mentors from our full-time faculty, who regularly consult with them on their projects. Students are helped to develop a personal vision and push the limits of their abilities and the potential of animation as an expressive medium.

During their second year, students begin work with one of the MFA Co-Chairs on their MFA Thesis Project, and assemble their MFA Thesis Committee for regular feedback. The program uses the cohort model, so students will work alongside their peers throughout their degree. 

Animation MFA students also receive rigorous training in the history, critical artistic issues, and fundamental principles that are necessary for animation artists. The degree is intended for those with undergraduate degrees in Animation, Film, Art, Graphic Design, Illustration and other visual art areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • 3D Animation Survey
  • Animation Graduate Seminar
  • Animation Mechanics
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Animation Styles and Techniques

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Credits
    80 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete an online application ($25 application fee)
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
  • U.S. college and university transcripts should be mailed to the address below
  • Submit a statement of creative purpose that includes your artistic goals and your reasons for applying to the MFA.
  • Submit a one page description of a possible animation project that represents the type of work you hope to produce.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from people who can attest to your artistic abilities, commitment, work ethic and creative potential.
  • Submit a reel and/or portfolio that includes examples of your creative visual work.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • In-State

    865 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 865 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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