12 months
987 USD/credit 35532 USD/year
987 USD/credit 35532 USD/year
987 USD/credit 35532 USD/year
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Our degree in Animation from Fairleigh Dickinson University  is the highest degree in animation. Our MFA offers three concentrations (3D Character Animation, Visual Effects, Video Games) that center around gaining intensive hands-on skills in the chosen concentration.

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The major in Animation from Fairleigh Dickinson University focuses on increasing practical, visual, and creative skills to the highest level and provides students an opportunity to enhance their portfolios using twenty-first century media and technologies. In the second year, students are required to execute rigorous, in-depth thesis projects that demonstrate the skills learned in all of the classes in the curriculum.

Upon completion, the thesis projects are exhibited in a public venue. Additionally, MFA students prepare portfolios and other materials necessary for job applications and interviews. Before exiting the program, they present their portfolios via mock interviews to a panel of professionals who will review, critique, and provide feedback on their work.


All of the courses in this program are offered in a hybrid format, which allows students to decide if they would like to attend classes in-residence, remotely online, or a combination of the two. If you live locally, some weeks you may want to be in our state-of-the-art Animation Lab with the Professor while other weeks you may opt to join remotely to work around personal or family obligations. Whether you live near or across the globe, you can be in our Animation Master’s program and attend your classes whichever way works best for you. Part-time students may take courses over multiple years until the required 60 credits are completed.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Storytelling
  • Character Design
  • Digital Sculpting
  • 3D Character Texturing
  • 3D Character Animation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


36 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed FDU graduate admissions application
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (from a professor, employer, or professional in the field familiar with the student’s strengths and abilities)
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 2.70 (applicants with a CGPR of less than 2.70 may be admitted on probation)
  • Digital portfolio
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35532 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 987 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    35532 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 987 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    35532 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 987 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Madison

1793 - 4414 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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