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Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Animation Rochester Institute of Technology

USA

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Summary

In the MFA program in film and animation, students create live-action production, scripts, 2D, 3D, or stop motion animation that is unique. The School of Film and Animation houses state-of-the-art facilities, including full production facilities. The program is also supported by highly specialized faculty from RIT's photography, imaging science, computer science, information technology, and design programs.

The program provides students with the opportunity to use animation, filmmaking, and other imaging arts as a means to:

  • pursue a career and earn a livelihood.
  • enrich their personal lives and society as a whole.
  • encourage a sense of community, creativity, scholarship, and purpose.

Plan of study

The MFA in film and animation offers four options:

  • 2D animation concentrates on traditional forms drawn by hand, a mixture of both traditional and digital, or all digital origination. Students may concentrate their studies on stop motion puppet animation.
  • 3D animation courses focus on advanced 3D modeling, lighting, texturing, and animating in a 3D space.
  • Production allows students to develop and refine their creative approach to fictional narrative, documentary, and experimental live action filmmaking.
  • Screenwriting is an opportunity for students to complete short films with a concentration in creating feature, short, and series length screenplays.

All four options require two years of course work and a thesis project. A complete film is required of all first-year students, a complete film or script is required in the second year, and a more ambitious thesis film or feature length script is required in the third year. In the third and final year, students are enrolled part-time and their work is focused only on their thesis project.

Electives

Elective courses are available in animation, film, video, multimedia, screenwriting, printmaking, painting, sculpture, communication design, museum studies, crafts, bookmaking, typography, color photography, new media, studio photography, advertising photography, perception, gaming, computer graphics, art history, and archival preservation and conservation. There are also opportunities for independent studies, internships, and concentrations.

Thesis

Specific instructions pertaining to the thesis are available in the “MFA Guide for Students and Faculty: Policy Regarding Student Work.” The School of Film and Animation reserves the right to retain copies of student-produced films to be used for educational purposes, to show to prospective students, and as examples of student productions.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Masters of Fine Arts in Film and Animation.

Full Time (65 credit hours)

Tuition fees

$50,136.00 (37,57,067) per year

USD $50,136 is for 12-18 Credit Hours; USD $37,602 for 9 Credit Hours

From

23-Aug-21

Venue

College of Art and Design

55 Lomb Memorial Drive,

ROCHESTER,

New York,

14623, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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