Lipscomb University’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Film and Creative Media with a concentration in Animation helps you learn the foundations and practice of animation, from innovative character design to top-end computer graphics and 3D graphics. Through our world-class MFA Animation program, you'll grow your creative skills in storytelling and pre-production under some of the most prominent animators in the U.S. and advance your career in animation, game, and interactive media as an expert. Through your thesis project, you’ll also have the opportunity to develop your own animated series or film while pursuing your degree.
You can join the MFA program at our Nashville campus or our Austin Center location. Offered in a flexible hybrid format, the program allows you to take classes online and on-campus to fit your busy schedule.
MFA in Animation Program Outcomes
With our transformative and comprehensive curriculum, you will develop key skills in storytelling and collaboration, and learn how to pitch your ideas and create strong content that disrupts. The Animation master’s degree program also inspires you to explore different artistic topics like production, as well as technical tools and business skills.
Through hands-on animation education, you can build a network of colleagues and experts in the industry, and expand your technical and business skills for the film, television and animation industries. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the VFX workflow and first-hand experience with cinematic virtual reality and other new technologies.
Learn More about the MFA in Animation Degree
Ready to hone your creative storytelling, technical and artistic skills? Apply to Lipscomb University’s Master of Fine Arts program with a concentration in Animation today, or request information to learn more!
Applicants to the MFA in Animation program must submit the following items:
- Application with $50 nonrefundable fee ($75 for international students)
- Standardized exam score
- Official transcript(s)
- A personal statement addressing your career goals and why you believe you would be a good candidate for this program
- Portfolio of work samples emailed to email@example.com
- The Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international students.
The admission process also includes an interview.
MFA Animation Courses
After being accepted to the animation program, you will meet with the graduate program director to build a customized plan of study that allows for artistic exploration while developing the technical proficiency to undertake your thesis project—a pilot episode or teaser short film and a complete pitch package for the project to take to the world. With shared classes between Film and Animation students, you will have multiple opportunities to collaborate across disciplines.
To earn an MFA degree in Animation, you need to finish at least 62 credit hours of study. Full-time students can typically finish the program in three years.
The thesis project enables you to learn from industry experts about how to think like an independent filmmaker using the newest formats, technology and distribution systems, and tell stories that the world needs to hear.
The curriculum includes thesis courses that help students set a timeline for the successful completion of any project they decide to do. Thesis projects can be:
- A completed short film plus all pre-production material and pitch deck
- A completed TV pilot plus all pre-production material and show bible
- All completed films/pilots must have a screening at the end of the semester before graduation
Each MFA student will also complete a 15-20 page academic paper on a related topic of choice. Academic papers are due during the first term of the last semester.
Note that the program of study decided between you and the program director will be followed as closely as possible for the duration of your program. Some flexibility will be allowed if certain courses are not available when needed or if your areas of interest change as you experience new aspects of content creation.
Tuition & Aid
- Tuition: $1,048* per credit hour; students can audit for no credit at a rate of 50% of regular tuition
- Books and Fees: Not included in the tuition
- Application Fee: $50 (international $75)
- Graduation Fee: $195
*Note: Graduate tuition rates may increase annually, effective at the start of the summer term.
With Lipscomb University’s generous financial aid, your cost of attendance can be much lower. Explore your graduate financial aid options.