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The MFA is 60 credit hours, distributed in the following way: 30 credit hours of studio; 9 credit hours of art history and theory; 9 credit hours outside of the School of Visual Arts; 12 hours of thesis. Up to 15 credit hours can be in field studies and internships.
Students work with a committee of faculty on their thesis project. The thesis can be an original project/production or it can be more text and research based.
The Creative Technologies program is cross-disciplinary and inter-media, designed to work with individual students on an individual basis. Students have opportunities to develop original work in 3D animation, video, motion graphics, digital imaging, interactive multi-media design, creative coding, web design, sound and imaging, spatial interactivity, and installation. The MFA program connects students with faculty and courses not only in SOVA but also in Music, Engineering, and Computer Science. We are integrally related to the projects, faculty, and initiatives of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech.
The MFA also connects with FourDesign, a professional internship program in SOVA’s Graphic Design Program, which enables students to work in production, management, and project coordination in a design studio. MFA students in SOVA build a unique connection with technology-based faculty in art and design that bridges out to the larger community of creative researchers, educators, and commercial/industrial practitioners.
The average full time student will complete the program in two and half to three years. Students entering with significant prior experience in related fields may be able to complete the program in less time.