Students who graduate with a Master of Fine Arts degree are qualified to teach at institutions of higher education such as universities and community colleges and also work in production studios in the field. Major hollywood studios and other digital art and animation companies often select students with MFA degrees over those that have undergraduate degrees. The MFA program also prepares students to exhibit their work at galleries and museums.
Many of the Digital Arts graduates have taken leading roles in the digital arts and animation fields. Graduates go on to start their own businesses, to work in the film, video, and broadcast television industry as computer animators, digital artists and special effects artists, as 3d modelers for industrial design businesses, as animators and digital artists for interactive game companies, in visualization for training, medical and industrial companies, and as World Wide Web developers. In the recent past, graduates have been hired by companies such as Pixar, Dreamworks, Bluesky, PDI (animation for film & video), Volition, Valve, Iquana Entertainment (interactive games), Virtual Celebrity Production (3d character development), Square USA (interactive games), VIFX (special effects for film), Humongous Entertainment (game development), Online Technologies Corp. (web development), and Macquarium (multimedia production).