First Year Review

At the end of their first year, students give a presentation providing an overview of the work they have produced to date in the program in 3D computer animation, interactive media, and/or digital performance. The student must demonstrate a moderate- to-high level of technical proficiency and growing aesthetic sophistication in at least one of these three areas. On the basic of this presentation, the faculty provides feedback to the student and determines whether the student’s progress is satisfactory, and also discusses goals for the coming year and possible directions for the thesis project.

Comprehensive Examination

Before the end of the student’s first year, the student and major professor identify three topic areas relevant to the student’s objectives in the program; the topics may be technical, aesthetic, theoretical or historical in nature. The major professor,in consultation with the examining committee, prepares a four-hour written examination on those topics, which student takes during hisor her third semester, typically during the second week of classes. The student’s examining committee provides written evaluations within one week. Students who fail one or more questions are given one opportunity to answer a new question on the same topic by the end of the following semester.

Thesis Production

Students must successfully complete a creative project approved by their major professor. Such project may involve the creation of a short 3D animation, film, or interactive media project, or work as writer, director, content creator and/or media director on a work of live theatre or performance incorporating digital media or interactive technologies. The student must submit a written thesis analyzing and evaluating the creative project, and must defend the project and thesis in an oral examination with their thesis committee.

Deadlines for Graduating Students

January 19, 2018
Final date for graduate students to submit an Application for graduation for May 2018.

January 19, 2018
Final date for submitting program of study forms to the Graduate School for graduation in May 2018. An approved Advisory Committee form for Master of Arts Candidates must be on file by this date.

March 5, 2018
Final date for submitting requests for transfer of credit, with accompanying transcripts, to the Graduate School for students graduating in May 2018.

April 2, 2018
Final date for submitting one complete copy of a thesis or dissertation for a format check for May 2018 graduation.

April 23, 2018
Final date for the receipt of the following by the Graduate School: Final Defense Approval Form & ETD Submission Approval Form and final corrected ETD for Spring 2018 graduation.

April 27, 2018
Final date for completing all requirements except submission of theses/dissertations (see earlier deadlines). The Graduate School must receive notification concerning removal of incompletes, final examinations, etc., for Spring 2018 graduation. (This does not include grades for courses in which students are currently enrolled.)

Friday, May 4, 2018—10:00 am
Graduation. Diplomas will be mailed approximately six to eight weeks after graduation. Address changes, if necessary, should be made with the Office of the Registrar to ensure receipt of diplomas.

May 28, 2018
Date the Graduate School will accept theses/dissertations for format checks for future graduations.