May 6, 2019

MFA Computer Arts 2019 thesis presentations

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

LiuKaidi Peng, Chao Wang, Zhengyu Wang, Lin Zhang, & Lingda Zhou, CRUNCH, 2019. 3D Animation.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA Computer Arts will host the 2019 thesis presentations. The event will be held over two days at the SVA Theatre and will include short talks and videos of graduating students’ work. The Tuesday, May 7 evening presentations will highlight fine art, 2d animation, and motion graphics thesis projects. Wednesday, May 8 will feature 3D animation. The order of the presentation is listed here. Both events will be streaming live.

The presentations showcase our graduates’ unique approaches to the themes and modes of creative self-expression. Forty thesis projects incorporate a variety of media, materials and cutting-edge technologies that address a range of topics, including: Uranus Whispers, a 2D animated short about two self-absorbed extra-terrestrial buddies by Frank Gresham, Where Did all the Squirrels Go, an installation project that creates a continuous narrative throughout 2D illustration, 3D animation and physical installation by Xiaoyue Liu, and CRUNCH, a collaborative 3D animated sci-fi comedy by LiuKaidi Peng, Chao Wang, Zhengyu Wang, Lin Zhang, and Lingda Zhou.

The presenting artists made use of programming languages, interactive installations, as well as traditional art production methods to realize their creations. Linear video works include single and multi-channel installations exploring both narrative and abstract expression through 3D animation, motion graphics, and traditional animation. Department chair Terrence Masson comments that, “We place a strong emphasis on personal exploration while also encouraging the students to push their own boundaries and embrace early experiments as a critical part of the iterative process.”

School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with nine Student Academy Awards.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

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