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The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts requires completion of at least 60 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. The program typically spans 4 semesters of 15 weeks each, generally accomplished in two calendar years for students following the full-time recommended course sequence, and four calendar years for students following the part-time recommended course sequence. See Degree Requirements for additional information.

This is a sample sequence of courses for a student in the 2019-2020 academic cohort. This sequence should not be used for advising purposes. Instead, contact your Student Success Advisor for a copy of this program’s Curriculum Flowchart.

Full-Time MFA in Digital Arts Sample Course Sequence

SemesterCourseRequired or ElectiveCredits
Semester
1
ART 701
Art Research Methodology
R3
PRJ 601
Digital Arts Survey and Analysis
R3
CG 501
3D Concepts and Production
R3
CG 525
Digital Painting: Composition and Color
R3
Elective
Studio Art Elective
E3
Semester 1 Total15
Semester
2
ART 702
Thesis Pre-Production
R3
PRJ 602
Art Production Process
R3
CG 521
Organic and Hard Surface Modeling
R3
ART 520 or ART 522
Conceptual Design and Illustration or Character Design
E3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT Elective, numbered 500+
E3
Semester 2 Total15
Semester
3
ART 703
Thesis I
R6
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Elective
Studio Art Elective
E3
Semester 3 Total15
Semester
4
ART 704
Thesis II
R6
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Open Elective
Any DigiPen course from any department, numbered 500+
E3
Semester Total15
Degree Total (minimum credits required)60

*Note: electives must be selected from courses offered at DigiPen and numbered 500 or higher. Courses may have prerequisites that should be taken into consideration by the student and discussed with his/her advisor.


Part-Time MFA in Digital Arts Sample Course Sequence

SemesterCourseRequired or ElectiveCredits
Semester
1
PRJ 601
Digital Arts Survey and Analysis
R3
CG 501
3D Concepts and Production
R3
CG 525
Digital Painting: Composition and Color
R3
Semester 1 Total9
Semester
2
CG 521
Organic and Hard Surface Modeling
R3
ART 520 or ART 522
Conceptual Design and Illustration or Character Design
E3
Semester 2 Total6
Semester
3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Elective
Studio Art Elective
E3
Semester 3 Total9
Semester
4
PRJ 602
Art Production Process
R3
Elective
Studio Art Elective
E3
Semester 4 Total6
Semester
5
ART 701
Art Research Methodology
R3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Semester 5 Total6
Semester
6
ART 702
Thesis Pre-Production
R3
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Semester 6 Total6
Semester
7
ART 703
Thesis I
R6
Elective
ART, CG, ANI, PRJ, or INT ELECTIVE, numbered 500+
E3
Semester 7 Total9
Semester
8
ART 704
Thesis II
R6
Open Elective
Any DigiPen course from any department, numbered 500+
E3
Semester 8 Total9
Degree Program Total60

*Note: electives must be selected from courses offered at DigiPen and numbered 500 or higher. Courses may have prerequisites that should be taken into consideration by the student and discussed with his/her advisor.

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