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.
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.
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- 3D Animation Survey
- Animation Graduate Seminar
- Animation Mechanics
- Visual Storytelling
- Animation Styles and Techniques
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
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- 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.
International34600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
National34600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
In-State34600 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 865 USD per credit during 24 months.
Living costs for Chicago
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