24 months
882 USD/credit 35280 USD/year
882 USD/credit 35280 USD/year
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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. 


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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


80 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

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

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  • International

    35280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    35280 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 882 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Chicago

1297 - 2491 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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