College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design,
Visual Arts Building, Room: 117
The Emerging Media BFA allows students to integrate the multiple domains of art, storytelling, and technology. It is designed to: Provide a solid foundation in techniques and theory in one focused area of competence. Provide a broad understanding of related disciplines including arts, humanities, and technology. Provide extended experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on realistic problems. The program is administered through the School of Visual Arts and Design. It is recognized that there are many combinations of courses which meet the needs of individual students. Three tracks - Character Animation, Experimental Animation and Graphic Design - lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
The Character Animation track is a two-year cohort of studies designed to prepare students for careers as animators, modelers, riggers, or texture artists in the film or computer game industries. The School affirms that a theoretical and working understanding of the historical meanings and studio applications of the human image are critical in the education of Visual Art and Art History students. To develop such an understanding, Art courses often utilize images of clothed and unclothed human figures and, in certain studio classes, live nude models.
- Character Animation: students must satisfactorily complete the mandatory DIG 3951 - Character Animation Portfolio Review before enrolling in any Character Animation Core Requirements - Advanced Level courses. The Character Animation portfolio review is only held in Spring, and typically takes place near the end of February.
- Students unable to satisfactorily complete, DIG 3951 - Character Animation Portfolio Review , may continue in the Art History or the Visual Art and Emerging Media Management tracks or, successfully complete Sophomore Portfolio review (ART 3950 ) in order to pursue a Studio Art major.
- Note: One-on-one portfolio reviews are not possible due to the large number of received portfolios.
- Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog by filing a catalog year change with their degree change form.
- Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 36 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF School of Visual Arts and Design.
- Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each required course except DIG 2000 , which requires a “B” (3.0) or better.
- BFA students must achieve a 3.0 GPA in all major requirements.
- Co-op credit cannot be used in this major.
- Students should consult with their SVAD advisor on a regular basis.
- Note: Emerging Media majors must have continual access to a computer. Contact the UCF Computer Store or see the website (http://www.cstore.ucf.edu) for the minimum hardware and software specifications.
- No more than 6 hours of overlap allowed between courses used in the Emerging Media BFA and any minor. Please see SVAD advising for permission to complete more than one major in SVAD. Certain restrictions apply and plan of study must be pre-approved.
General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)
Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)
Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)
Take all of the following: (9 Credit Hours)
Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Take all of the following: (6 Credit Hours)
Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)
Common Program Prerequisites (CPP) (12 Credit Hours)
See “Common Prerequisites ” in the Transfer and Transitions Services section for more information
Core Requirements: Basic Level (15 Credit Hours)
Core Requirements: Advanced Level (45 Credit Hours)
Capstone Requirements (6 Credit Hours)
- Unrestricted electives - credit hours vary by track. A maximum of six hours of independent study, directed research, or internship permitted with prior approval. See SVAD advising for relevant deadlines.
- Electives may be taken in allied programs such as Art, Music, Philosophy, English, Film, Communication, Computer Science, etc. as approved by the School.
Foreign Language Requirements
- Met by graduation requirement
- Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a single foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or the Department of History (Hebrew). Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement.
- Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):
Departmental Exit Requirements
- Achieve at least a “B” (3.0) GPA in all major requirements.
University Minimum Exit Requirements
- A 2.0 UCF GPA
- 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
- 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
- 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
- A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
- Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.
Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120
Honors In Major
- Grades less than a “C” (2.0) are not accepted.
- Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
- Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.
Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses
Program Academic Learning Compacts
- Part-Time Student: $31.50 per term
- Full-Time Student: $63 per term
Plan of Study
Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Freshman Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)