Creative Technologies

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The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Technologies in the School of Visual Arts (SOVA) is a professional, terminal degree program that prepares students to use digital and new media technologies to create, present, communicate and shape information and imagery.  Primary emphasis is in animation, interactivity, and visualization (spatial, data, etc).  The program addresses emerging trends in the use of these tools in scientific and research arenas, art and design, and industrial/commercial contexts.  

Based in visual arts and design, the Creative Technologies program is cross-disciplinary and inter-media.  Faculty work with students on an individual basis to design a unique program of study and research which culminates in a thesis project.  Students integrate original work across a spectrum of modalities, including 3D animation, motion graphics, digital imaging and video/audio, interactive environments, and creative coding. The MFA program connects students with faculty, research, and courses not only in SOVA but also in Computer Science, Music, Engineering, Human Centered Design, and a host of other programs at the intersection of arts, design, engineering, sciences, and cultural issues. We are integrally related to the projects and faculty of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

MFA students in SOVA build unique connections with technology-based faculty in art and design that bridge out to the larger community of creative researchers, educators, and commercial/industrial practitioners.

On average, the full time student will complete the program in two and half to three years. Students entering with significant prior experience in their chosen areas and with a strong digital design background may be able to complete the program in two years.

The MFA in Creative Technologies requires 60 graduate credit hours, including a thesis project. The credit hours are distributed as follows:

  • 30 credit hours in digital studios, projects, labs, and internships
  • 9 in art history / theory courses, including graduate seminar
  • 9 in electives outside of the School of Visual Arts
  • 12 in thesis project, culminating in a public event, exhibition, app, or other mode appropriate to the project.

Professional internships are strongly encouraged and up to 12 credit hours of studio / lab may be used for well designed internships on or off campus.

In addition to the 60 credit hours students may be required to take certain courses to strengthen their background in specific areas, as determined by the MFA faculty.  These courses do not count toward the 60 hour Plan of Study, but do count toward full time status and graduate assistantships.


While we do not have pre-defined curricular tracks students can develop their Plan of Study to concentrate in data and spatial visualization; creative coding for art and design; 3d animation and gaming; and interactive envrionments.  Most students will combine elements of each of these as they develop a path that is uniquely tailored to their interests and goals.

  • Transcripts. Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.
  • Letters of Recommendation. Check to see whether your department requires letters of recommendation from references. If so, you can include their email addresses in your online application, or have them send paper copies directly to your program’s department.
  • Application Fees. Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application, though check to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.
  • TOEFL Paper 550.0, Computer 213.0, iBT 80.0
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Institution code: 5859


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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 59.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 59.4 k / Year(s)
Deadline: Feb 1, 2025 147 place StudyQA ranking: 6216