2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Emerging Media MFA

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College: Arts and Humanities Degree: MFA
Department: School of Visual Arts and Design Option: Thesis
Program Websites: https://svad.cah.ucf.edu/academics/emerging-media/

Program Description

The Master of Fine Arts in Emerging Media program offers tracks in Animation and Visual Effects and Studio Art and Design. The MFA is a terminal scholarly and creative degree suitable for those students wishing to pursue careers as professors in higher education or as creative leaders in the industry.

Both tracks require 60 credit hours and students follow a three-year cohort style program (six full-time semesters excluding summers). Degree credit is obtained in theory courses, electives, supervised research, and a thesis project. Students progress through the program by taking required classes in particular semesters. Students must remain with their cohort in order to remain in good academic standing and graduate.

The Animation and Visual Effects track is a specialized program designed to emulate the professional studio environment, providing each student with an opportunity to assume an artistic leadership role. The principal emphasis is placed on narrative film structure and the entrepreneurial aspect of animation as related to studio and job creation. 

The Studio Art and Design track provides students an opportunity to inform and enhance their artistic practice using twenty-first-century electronic media. The emphasis on electronic media is pliable enough to encompass the many ways in which technology intersects with contemporary art and design. Students in the program are invited to combine their backgrounds in traditional art- or computer-related disciplines within a conceptually driven, interdisciplinary environment. Courses provide exposure to time-based media, performance art, video art, sound works, kinetic sculpture, computer-based art, and art using the Internet in order to understand how these forms are driving twenty-first-century artistic practice and informing our understanding of contemporary cultural identities.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants must choose a track within this program. Track(s) may have different application requirements.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Animation and Visual Effects Track

Cheryl Briggs MEd, MFA
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-235-3611
Orlando Tech Center (OTC) Suite 500, Room 189

Feature Film Production Track

Philip Peters
Telephone: 407-823-5595
Nicholson School of Communication and Media (NSCM) 130

Studio Art and Design Track

Jason Burrell
Associate Lecturer
Telephone: 407-823-2676
Visual Arts Building (VAB) 117

Graduate Admissions

Mike Burke
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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