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MFA - Digital arts and Game Design

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Digital Arts, Animation, & Game Design

The Digital Arts, Animation & Game Design concentration provides a comprehensive overview of media arts, animation, and game design principles where students learn the development pipeline from concept to completion. 

 Students complete projects in a hands-on, studio environment which is industry-focused and practical. Learn foundational skills, then choose an area of specialization and build your portfolio and demo reel. 

 Seattle Film Institute offers the only degree granting program in Digital Art, Animation & Game Design in Seattle.

 Program Highlights

Gain Experience Building Digital Worlds

•             Digital Imaging and Animation

•             Visual Effects & Motion Graphics

•             3D Animation

•             Storyboarding

•             Modeling and Texturing

•             Game Design

 Hands-on and Project-Based

•               Learn industry tools such as game engines, digital manipulation and visual effects software.

•               Choose an area of specialty and develop your portfolio.

•                Create a game demo from start to finish.

 Career-Focused and Professionally-Driven

•             Develop a professional portfolio and demo reel.

•             Craft a work-related resume and professional website.

 Career Services and Coaching

All our students benefit from SFI’s commitment to career services and coaching. SFI helps our students gain valuable professional experience, contacts, and take the critical first steps toward launching their careers.

Year Two: Producing

The core curriculum provides all students with an overview of the filmmaking process and focuses on the four major areas of producing: 

•                     Creative elements and the creative team

•                     The business of filmmaking (business, financial and legal)

•                     Management (pre-production, production, and post-production)

•                      Marketing and distribution

The curriculum and the mission of the MFA is to provide students with the knowledge, tools, and practical skills to define and implement career goals and accomplish their creative, business, and entrepreneurial goals with personal and professional integrity.

The MFA in Filmmaking & Producing is ideal for those intending to start their own production companies or work as free-lance filmmakers and provides students the tools and abilities to generate and oversee projects as well as the hands-on production skills needed to implement those projects and see them though to completion.

Program Highlights

• Acquire a wide-ranging skill set that combines the tools and abilities of a filmmaker with those of a producer
• Gain hands-on experience in all aspects of filmmaking including writing, directing, cinematography, and editing
• Work in both film and HD video
• Complete a feature-length screenplay
• Construct a demo-reel of completed projects
• Craft a resume with specific crew positions
• Learn to Initiate, coordinate, supervise all aspects of a film production including creative, business, management, and marketing, distribution and sales
• Learn filmmaking by making films as students work on 10-15 projects during the program
• Obtain a skill-set that is directly applicable to a wide range of career paths involving project development, project management, business planning, financial oversight, and marketing.
• Conceive and develop a feature film proposal from tag line to budget, schedule, business plan and finance and distribution plan.
• Develop your professional network as you stay with the same group of students throughout the cohort based program
• Experience the opportunity and energy of Seattle’s diverse production community as a center for independent filmmaking, software development, web based companies, and hi-tech video gaming
• Gain professional work experience as a participant in the SFI internship program

Filmmaking | Producing | Acting for Film | Motion Graphics & Visual FX | Sound Design & Recording Arts Film Composition

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Career Services and Coaching

All our students benefit from SFI’s commitment to career services and coaching. SFI helps our students gain valuable professional experience, contacts, and take the critical first steps toward launching their careers. 

Grad Stories

Through the internship program, I was able to work on an independent feature film three days after moving to LA. I not only learned what it is like to work on a real production, but the connections I made from that one internship have now given me eight other job opportunities; and led to my being hired to direct an independent feature film. The internship program has made a world of difference in my life.

Alex Meader

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