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Degree Requirements

General

For admittance to degree candidacy, students must have satisfied all prerequisites, completed a minimum of 60 approved course credits, achieved a final grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and had their thesis approved by the defense committee. Students must have advanced to degree candidacy before being permitted to attend graduation ceremonies.

Thesis

  • Visual: Each student must complete an object-based collection, a minimum of 12 looks or equivalent, to be completed in the THESIS–CONCLUDE space; all proposed alternative outcomes are to be negotiated with and approved by the chair in the third semester THESIS–EDIT space.
  • Written: Each student is to complete a written component at the end of each thesis course, prompting the students to reflect on the work done at every step: IDEA, PLAY, FOCUS, EDIT, and CONCLUDE. This final paper should be considered a reflective piece of writing to support the student’s defense of the thesis to an industry panel and a selected audience.

Time Requirement for Degree Completion

Students may only matriculate full time; the program takes place over four consecutive semesters, beginning in the fall and ending in the second spring. The final semester coursework is dedicated to students’ theses.

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