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May 4, 2020

MFA Computer Arts 2020 virtual thesis presentations

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Mark Minnig, Otis March, 2020. 2D animation.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA Computer Arts will host the 2020 virtual thesis presentations. The event will be streamed online over the course of two days and will include short talks and videos of graduating students’ work. The Monday, May 11 presentations will highlight 3D Animation and Experimental Art thesis projects. Tuesday, May 12 will feature 2D Animation and Motion Graphics. Both events will stream live on mfaca.sva.edu/live.

The presentations showcase our graduates’ unique approaches to the themes and modes of creative self-expression. Over fourty thesis projects incorporate a variety of media, materials and cutting-edge technologies that address a range of topics, including:

Otis March, a 2D-animated short demonstrating the unconventional love story of a man and his dog with an NYC backdrop, by Mark Minnig; The Heavenly Maids Scatter Blossoms, an interactive installation of a traditional Chinese Opera where the viewer becomes the participant, by Yanying Fan and Kelsie Hoffman; NoWhereMan, a 3D-animated short about time travel and propaganda, by Chong Liu and Kuan Ting Lu.

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 sva.edu.

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