UT Dallas 2023 Graduate Catalog

School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology

Master of Fine Arts Overview

The Master of Fine Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication is a terminal degree in emerging artistic practices focusing primarily on the creative use and critical investigation of technology in artistic practices. The program is designed for both students wishing to teach arts- and technology-related courses at the college level and for those intending to engage in professional studio or design practice. While maintaining a commitment to interdisciplinary education fusing critical with creative thinking, this program places emphasis on the creation and application of computer-based arts and narrative. Students must complete 54 semester hours of course work, including a thesis project.

Master of Fine Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication: Animation Pathway

54 semester credit hours minimum


Professors: Anne Balsamo, Christine (xtine) Burrough, Paul Fishwick, Roger Malina, Dean Terry, Marilyn Waligore

Associate Professors: Olivia Banner, Heidi Cooley, Monica Evans, Eric Farrar, Todd Fechter, Sean McComber, Josef Nguyen, Andrew Scott

Assistant Professors: Christine Veras, Hong An Wu

Professor Emeritus: Mihai Nadin

Clinical Professor: Tim Christopher

Associate Professor of Instruction: Casey Johnson

Required Major Core Courses: 9 semester credit hours

ATCM 6000 ATEC Colloquium

ATCM 6300 Approaches to Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

ATCM 6301 Aesthetics of Interactive Arts

ATCM 6313 Animation Project Development

Students are expected to complete ATCM 6300 in their first semester and the remainder of these courses within the first 18 semester credit hours of their degree plan.

Prescribed Electives within Animation Development: 12 semester credit hours

ATCM 6305 Animation Creative Practices

ATCM 6310 Animation Studio I

ATCM 6311 Animation Studio II

ATCM 6316 Motion Capture

ATCM 6317 Procedural Animation

ATCM 6321 Digital Fabrication

ATCM 6370 Computational Design

Prescribed Electives in Histories and Theories: 9 semester credit hours

ANGM 6312 Digital Cinematography

ATCM 6315 History of Animation

ATCM 6318 Special Topics in Animation

ATCM 6377 Creativity as Social Practice

ATCM 6386 Digital Textuality

ATCM 6388 Critical Making

ATCM 6390 Social Science Research Methods in Emerging Communication

Free Electives: 9 semester credit hours

Nine semester credit hours of electives in any organized 6000-level courses in ATEC or offered by the School of Arts and Humanities, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Naveen Jindal School of Management, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, or School of Interdisciplinary Studies. All free electives are subject to approval by the graduate advisor.

Final Project: 15 semester credit hours

Completed over two consecutive long semesters after having completed at least 36 semester credit hours of coursework. Public presentation of work is required, such as an exhibition, conference presentation, or defense.

ATCM 6399 Master's Thesis

ATCM 6698 Master's Project I

ATCM 6699 Master's Project II

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