2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Emerging Media, Experimental Animation Track (B.F.A.)

College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Visual Arts Building (VAB) 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 Experimental Animation track encourages students to explore expression through innovative and hybrid analog and digital methodology: we approach animation from an artistic, individualized point of view. In the major, students engage in classic, current, and widely varied techniques and mediums making moving images which may be narrative or non-narrative. By graduation, each student has developed a unique creative vision which culminates in the completion of a B.F.A. thesis project and exhibition/screening. 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 as understanding, Art courses often utilize images of clothed and unclothed human figures and, in certain studio classes, live nude models.

Admission Requirements

  • Experimental Animation: all junior level Experimental Animation students must satisfactorily complete the mandatory ART 3950-Portfolio Review  before enrolling in upper division ART courses or Experimental Animation restricted electives. The Spring review takes place in the first week of March. The Fall review takes place in the first week of October.
  • Students unable to satisfactorily complete ART 3950-Portfolio Review  may continue in the Art History or the Visual Art and Emerging Media Management tracks.
  • Note: One-on-one portfolio reviews are not possible due to the large number of received portfolios.

Degree Requirements

  • 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 a plan of study must be approved.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)

Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Cultural and Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)

Mathematical Foundations (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

Restricted Electives (24 Credit Hours)

  • Complete 24 hours of upper level courses from the following areas and the associated prefixes: Studio Art (ART), Digital Media (DIG), Film (FIL), Graphic Design (GRA*), and/or Photography (PGY). No more than 9 hours can be taken in a single area.
    *Successful completion of Graphic Design portfolio (GRA 3950 ) required for admission into GRA courses.

Capstone Requirements (3 Credit Hours)

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.


  • 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.

Additional Requirements

Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors

  • None

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

Additional Information

Honors In Major

Related Programs

  • None


  • None

Related Minors

  • None

Advising Notes

Transfer Notes

  • 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

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Equipment Fees

  • Part-Time Student: $31.50 per term
  • Full-Time Student: $63 per term

Plan of Study

Freshman Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)

Sophomore Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Junior Year - Spring (13 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)