The Department of Film, Animation and New Media aims to prepare filmmakers and visual producers to participate in the vanguard of the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of The University of Tampa, students learn by doing and thinking with courses in studio production and using state-of-the-art facilities, computer labs, digital cameras and production suites. Designed to foster creative expression and professional technique, the curriculum includes hands-on studio classes in narrative, documentary, experimental and animation filmmaking; screenwriting; producing; digital media and imaging; 3D animation, printing and modeling; digital and interactive media; and experimental computing. Each program includes courses in critical studies structured to educate, challenge and inspire future professionals.

Degree Programs Students can earn a BFA or B.A. in film and media arts, BFA in animation, BFA in new media or a minor. more » close »

BFA in Film and Media Arts
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in film and media arts is a professional program with a focus on hands-on production of documentary, narrative and experimental films using state-of-the-art motion picture cameras and post production facilities. The robust curriculum includes production and post-production skills, cinema studies, art history, screenwriting and more, all designed to prepare students to become directors, producers, editors, special effects artists, sound designers, screenwriters and/or independent filmmakers. Elective offerings allow students the flexibility to explore coursework in their area of interest. Students create a short format thesis film as a capstone experience in the major. The BFA in film and media arts portfolio requirement is discussed in the portfolio information page. 

B.A. in Film and Media Arts 
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in film and media arts is a liberal arts program that combines critical studies with production experiences and provides students with a foundation of theory and application. Blending creative expression with technology, students study critical perspectives and practice implementing techniques in emerging (digital) formats. Courses cover narrative, documentary and experimental forms and utilize both single- and multiple-camera approaches. No portfolio is required for entrance to this major. 

BFA in Animation 
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in animation is a professional degree program focusing on 2D and 3D computer animation, motion effects, CGI, and visual and advanced software applications. Development of visualization skills, creativity, coding, 3D modeling and printing, rigging, illustration and storytelling form the cornerstones of the program. The focus is on creative growth through intense exploration of a wide range of animation techniques, coupled with direct use of contemporary industry standards. The digital tools used in the program offer a range of potential experience, from commercial animations and visual effects, to producing content for interactive and immersive applications. Professional internships are available and encouraged. The program culminates with a senior project capstone class where students develop individual or collective industry standard animations or projects to be included in their professional reels and portfolios, as well as archived in the UT library's institutional repository. Students graduating with this degree will seek roles as creative artists within various aspects of the animation and digital media industry, involving gaming, special effects, advertising, internet media and more. No portfolio is required for entrance to this major. 
BFA in New Media
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in new media is a professional program that includes courses in film, animation, new media, communication, music, writing and information technology management. The BFA in new media studies the associations between these areas in the context of academic scholarship, aesthetic exploration and technological research. The program focuses on designing and creating applications for interactive media, physical computing, networked environments, intelligent environments, virtual realities, mobile platforms and the internet. During their final semester, students produce an industry-standard final project to be presented publicly during one of the FMX open houses and archived in the UT library's institutional repository. Students graduating with this degree will seek careers as creative tech-data industry professionals in roles such as interactive display and installation producers, interface and user experience designers, virtual reality/augmented reality content makers, mobile applications developers, electronic music recorders and producers, and more. No portfolio is required for entrance to this major. 


Minors are open to any student at The University of Tampa, and there is no portfolio entrance requirement. These minors could also provide a nice way to segue in to one of the professional BFA programs within FMX, by developing a portfolio, while also meeting preliminary requirements for the major. Please see Film, Animation and New Media in the UT catalog for information about minors.

Topics of Study Each degree program has courses specific to the degree focus. more » close »

Each degree program has courses specific to the degree focus. Electives across the areas are available. A sample list of courses includes the following: 

  • Computer Animation
  • Dramatic Narrative Film Production 
  • Documentary Production 
  • Experimental Filmmaking  
  • Screenwriting
  • Producing
  • Cinema Studies
  • Webisode Design and Production 
  • Digital Imaging
  • App Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Digital Media
  • Advanced Post-Production
  • 3D Printing and Modeling
  • Multimedia and Installation Art
  • Senior Thesis Seminars in Film, Animation and New Media
  • Internships
  • Independent Study

Internships Internships are available for credit for juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA by... more » close »

Internships are available for credit for juniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA by registering for FMX 374 Internship. UT/FMX students have interned locally and nationally, including at the following:

  • On location with feature films shot in the Tampa Bay area:
    The Infiltrator
    Dolphin Tale
    No Postage Necessary
    Not Alone
  • With companies based in the Tampa Bay area:
    Blue Water Media
    Diamond View Studios
    ES Creative
    Film Tampa Bay
    Litewave Media
    Movie Groovy
    Shooting Stars Post
    Theory Studios 
  • With Legend 3D in Los Angeles and at Sony Music Entertainment in New York 

Alumni Profiles Examples of successful alumni who have completed the program include... more » close »

Brad Schiff ‘93 
Animation Supervisor LAIKA

David Andrade  07 
Co-Founder and Director, Theory Studios, Orlando

Spencer Haberman ‘17
Assistant Camera, Big Fish Entertainment, Los Angeles

Vanda Orosz ‘17
Animation Production Assistant, The Divine Saga Studios, Tampa

Morgan Rudd ‘16
Creative Marketing Manager, Atlantic Health Solutions, Tampa

Matthew Goldberg ‘12
Social Media Marketer/Community Manager, Apple Vacations, Chicago

Alan Mehanna ‘10
Director of Digital and Social Media, The Language Company; MFA graduate, University of Central Florida, Orlando

Kelsey Stroop ’10 
Coordinator at Sandra Marsh & Associates, Los Angeles