MFA: Digital Animation and Interactive Media

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The Digital Animation and Interactive Media track provides opportunities for students with backgrounds in animation to develop their own creative visions for multidisciplinary and collaborative activities in a research environment. In collaboration with the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD), the definition of digital animation extends beyond the traditional through the exploration of new and emerging technologies. Real time graphics and virtual environments, performance animation, game art, responsive and interactive media and installations are some of the areas in which we expand the applications of digital animation. These investigations form new ground for the design and creation of meaningful content by the animation designer.

Students in this track are required to complete 60 credit hours of study to receive a MFA in Design. This includes core design courses, thesis project and writing development, and open electives in the themes of studio/lab, history/theory/criticism, and collaborative/interdisciplinary studio. Students work closely with a three-person thesis committee to develop their thesis topics and the vehicles best used for their development.

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Curriculum

The Digital Animation and Interactive Media program leading to the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Design is formulated for students intending to work as designers in the digital animation and interactive industries and in colleges and universities teaching animation and interaction related courses.

The curriculum philosophy is one of learning through experimentation and practice. Year One is constructed as an Exploration year, in which students choose new experiences that will enhance their current understanding of new media. Year Two is a Practice and Application year which demands continued exercising and rehearsal of new practices. Year Three results in Synthesis, in which students demonstrate a deep understanding of the craft and its context.

 

Example Course Plan

Courses marked with * are required in the semester shown. Electives and other courses represent the credit hour requirements and suggested distribution, but are flexible in the order that they are taken.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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Autumn Semester

Design 6200 Foundation for Grad Studies, 3 cr.*
Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
Elective – Theory/History, 3 cr.

Spring Semester

Design 6300 Exploration in Grad Studies, 3 cr.*
Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.
First Year Review

May/Summer

Elective – Theory/History, 3 cr.
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.

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Autumn Semester

Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
AAEP 7725 Re-imagining Research Writing, 3 cr.*
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.

Spring Semester

Design 6400 DAIM Graduate Studio, 3 cr.*
Elective – Theory/History, 3 cr..
Elective – Studio/Lab, 3 cr.
Thesis Committee Review

May/Summer

Elective – Interdisciplinary, 3 cr.

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Autumn Semester

Design 7998 Thesis Project (Independent), 3 cr.
Design 7999 Thesis Writing (Independent), 3 cr.
Elective – Interdisciplinary, 3 cr.

Spring Semester

Design 7998 Thesis Project (Independent), 3 cr.
Design 7999 Thesis Writing (Independent), 3 cr.
Masters Examination

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Category Descriptions

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Theoretical and practical analysis of cinematic structure, narrative and objective animation and interactive new media from a Humanities perspective. Students will choose from approved OSU courses in these areas for approval by their adviser.

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Collaboration and interdisciplinary teamwork is a critical component of animation and technology-based production. Students are required to participate in at least two studios engaging in multidisciplinary activities. Some of the existing courses meeting these criteria are co-taught by faculty in different disciplines, providing a good model for the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Studio course structure. Students will choose from approved OSU courses in these areas for approval by their adviser.

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Digital animation and interactive media is a technology-intensive practice in continuous development and change. Students will have a variety of backgrounds and special interests. Students will choose courses in the areas of technical skills for animation and interactive media, programming and algorithms, visual design, audio design, writing and scripting and professional development.

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Includes AAEP 7795 Research Writing. Thesis Production (7998) and Writing (7999) courses are taken independently with members of the student's thesis committee.

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For detailed information about forming Thesis Committees, the first year review and Thesis Committee Review, please see the Department of Design Graduate Studies Handbook.

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Example DAIM Projects

The below images link to projects featured on an external website dedicated to our annual Spring Exhibition, which occurs at the OSU Urban Art Space.