May 3, 2021

MFA Computer Arts 2021 online thesis events

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Xiangyu Shi, The Name of the Plum Blossom, 2021. Mixed-media animation.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) MFA Computer Arts is proud to host two public programs online this May 2021 highlighting graduates’ thesis projects from this challenging yet influential year.

On Tuesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 12 at 8pm EDT the 2021 virtual thesis presentations will be screened. The event will include short talks and a screening of graduating students’ work. The Tuesday, May 11 presentations will highlight 2D Animation and Motion Graphics projects. Wednesday, May 12 will feature Experimental Art and 3D Animation projects. Both events will stream live on

The presentations showcase our graduates’ unique approaches to the themes and modes of creative self-expression. Over 30 thesis projects incorporate a variety of media, materials and cutting-edge technologies that address a range of topics, including:

The Name of the Plum Blossom, a mixed-media short tells the story of the artist’s mother, by Xiangyu Shi; PANIK (Torschlusspanik), an interactive animation inspired by stories of endless deadlines and goals, feelings of anxiety and panic, coming from the German word Torschlusspanik, by Daiqi Cui; The Godmother, a 3D-animated comedy about an elderly woman exacting revenge on a purse thief, by Jiani Lu and Gangling Sun.

SVA MFA Computer Arts will also present Before We Begin, Again, an exhibition of select thesis projects by MFA Computer Arts students. The exhibition will be on view from Saturday, May 22, through Saturday, June 12, online on the SVA Galleries website.

Before We Begin, Again contemplates moments that fold into themselves. Artists in this exhibition reconsider histories and memories, while creating space for possible worlds that have yet to exist. Linda Loh’s Agog, an abstract 3D “world” VR experience for Oculus Quest 2 in which visitors embark on an adventure to explore undulating terrains with strange forms, “non-forms”, and spaces to actually get lost in. Yunxi Guo’s Fragments of Recollections, is a large-scale, single-channel, high-definition video projection that evokes four personal and emotional childhood memories. Emilio RamosApocalypsis is a first-person point-of-view film realized almost entirely in the Unreal Engine, drawing heavily from the Bible’s Book of Revelation.

Other featured artists: Pat Badia & Kamrie McKay, Daiqi Cui, Diego Guanzon, Anne Isensee, I Ting Kao, Yashuai Liu, Jiani Lu & Gangling Sun, Xiangtian Pang, Hazel HyunSoo Seo, Xiangyu Shi, Jingxuan Wang, Cynthia Tengyang Wang, Xu Wu, Xuezhu Yuki Wu, Zijing Wu, Kai Chuan Yang, and Qingruo Zhao.

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. Please visit

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