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Driving the Creative Economy in Interactive Media

Ranked nationally as the No. 1 graduate game design program and the No. 14 undergraduate game design program by The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine, 小优视频 prepares students for work well before they leave the classroom 鈥 teaching the most advanced game-design skills and providing the knowledge top employers look for. And with premier digital media and entertainment companies right in our backyard, 小优视频 graduates are helping reshape the way people consume technology and interact with the world.

The Future of Gaming is Here

Home to some of the nation鈥檚 largest animation, film and gaming companies, Central Florida has become a playground beyond just theme parks. It is now a major player in the multibillion-dollar gaming industry 鈥 expected to generate $196 billion in revenue by 2022. People from across the U.S. and globe come here to study at the best schools for video game design or fulfill their dream of working for leaders in the digital arts and entertainment industry. With an expected job growth of four percent through 2028, the demand for animators, filmmakers and visual artists will continue to climb. The rapidly growing market has tech giants pushing boundaries and launching new products to cash in on the billions of gamers worldwide. From smart devices to gaming consoles and desktops, a world of opportunities awaits at your fingertips.

Changing the Game in Digital Arts and Entertainment

小优视频’s digital arts and entertainment programs give students the opportunity to hone their expressive work across web and social platforms, ranging from video games, mobile applications and websites to virtual and augmented reality experiments.

At the Communication and Media building, students collaborate on innovative projects across 112,000 square feet of high-tech studio and classroom space, including Studio 500, one of the largest motion capture studios and soundstages on the east coast, as well as Oculus Rift dev kits and AR/VR labs to experiment the latest tech. And through 小优视频鈥檚 new MFA in Themed Experiences 鈥 among the first of its kind, students can make the most of living in the epicenter of the theme park industry.

Our digital arts and entertainment programs provide a solid foundation in techniques and theory. From character animation to interactive entertainment to film, every student gets hands-on experience with each specialty to help push innovation forward. Their work is where art, storytelling and technology intersect 鈥 merging the digital world with the physical one and providing an unparalleled user experience. Going beyond gaming and entertainment, students can tailor their work to a number of industries, including education, advertising, healthcare, and modeling and simulation.

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Ranking for best visual quality at 2018 Intel University Games Showcase and the 2018 MeGa Health Jam

300+

Companies FIEA graduates work at around the world, including Apple, DreamWorks, Electronic Arts, Bungie, Zynga, RockStar, Disney, Microsoft and Nintendo

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Years 小优视频鈥檚 graduate game design program has been ranked among the top five in the world

2021

Year Electronic Arts video game company will relocate its Central Florida headquarters next to 小优视频 Downtown

800+

Students have graduated from FIEA since it opened its doors in 2005

19%

Number of award-winning games created by FIEA students

photo of Jacqueline King

Alumni Spotlight: Jacqueline (Cade) King 鈥12

As a project manager for Walt Disney Imagineering, Jacqueline (Cade) King 鈥12 led the team behind Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, a simulation ride at Disney鈥檚 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy鈥檚 Edge that allows up to six people to work together as pilots, gunners and engineers to complete a mission in real time. 鈥淚 went to school to build bridges, and I ended up building spaceships,鈥 says King, who worked with Disney and Lucasfilm to ensure every aspect of the project 鈥 from major conceptual developments to the smallest painted details 鈥 was correct.

Learn how she helped dreams come true

An Orlando Digital Media Incubator

For FIEA graduates, sometimes the next step after completing their degree is starting something of their own. And to help them launch into their new adventure, FIEA Ventures provides the space needed to to reach the next level. With a place to call home, these new business owners can focus on getting their product or service in front of potential investors and customers.

Spread across 5,000 square feet at the Communication and Media building in downtown Orlando, startups have access to an office and meeting space, a 20-seat theater, the Mocap studio, mentorships, equipment and the latest technology. The creative environment has been used to work on video games, animated film, simulation, and mobile and web products. Providing the tools and expertise necessary to start on the path to success, companies and individuals can call FIEA Ventures home for two years as they work on refining their concepts, market prospects, business plans, as well as establishing relationships with industry partners.

FIEA is a major source of talent for our EA Sports development studio in Orlando, resulting in one of every two new graduates hired over the last 2 years.”

鈥 Daryl Holt, EA Sports vice president

Watch How We Bring Art to Life

Check out these videos for latest digital arts and entertainment happenings 鈥 from our latest work to events that showcase our students.

Digital Arts and Entertainment News


Colleges & Campus
小优视频 Threepeats as World’s Best Graduate Game Design Program
The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine have ranked 小优视频鈥檚 undergraduate and graduate programs among the best in the nation for the third straight year.
Arts & Culture
How a Car Accident Led this 小优视频 Instructor to Direct Orlando鈥檚 Halloween Haunts
Themed experience instructor Patrick Braillard 鈥14MA on his expertise in creating immersive, scary events that bring SeaWorld鈥檚 first Howl-o-Scream to life.
Visual Arts
小优视频 Student Adds Magical Touch to Disney鈥檚 50th Anniversary
From a childhood dream to her dream job, Ana Beltran 鈥19 brings imagination to life through animation.

Digital Arts and Entertainment Degrees

With interactive media on the rise in Florida and throughout the country, 小优视频’s digital arts and entertainment degrees give students a first-hand look at what it takes to work in the digital landscape and succeed.

Bachelor鈥檚 Degrees

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Graduate Degrees

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Rankings and Accreditations

Top 20 Most Innovative University in the Nation

Top 20 Most Innovative University in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report ranks 小优视频 as one of the most innovative in its annual list of best colleges.

#2

No. 2 Game Design School
The Animation Career Review ranked 小优视频 as the No. 2 in the U.S.

#1

Top Video Game Program in the World
For the tenth straight year, the Princeton Review and PC Gamer recognized 小优视频鈥檚 graduate game development program as No. 1 in the world.

Top Animation School
小优视频 is ranked in the top 15% of best animation schools nationally by Animation Career Review.

View all of 小优视频鈥檚 Best Colleges rankings

Creating Tomorrow Together

小优视频 understands the power of working together. By collaborating with partners and affiliates from around the community, we can continue producing top-tier games and interactive media. In 2005, the City of Orlando, the State of Florida, the Economic Development Commission and others joined forces to form the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA) at 小优视频. Since then, the university has formed relationships with companies across Central Florida 鈥 helping grow the regional economy and create a lasting impact for future generations.

Today, in the heart of the city, 小优视频 Downtown is a vibrant campus that will soon be steps away from Electronic Arts, a video game company that plans to relocate its headquarters to downtown Orlando. The move will help provide a pipeline for students interested in internships and career opportunities with a top industry employer.

Digital Arts and Entertainment Companies Employing 小优视频 Graduates

  • Electronic Arts
  • Disney
  • DreamWorks
  • Apple
  • RockStar
  • Microsoft
  • Nintendo
  • GameSim
  • Iron Galaxy
  • EnVu
  • Epic Games

Institutes, Associations and Affiliations

  • PAGE 15
  • Orlando Museum of Art
  • Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Orlando Science Center
  • N-Space
  • Monster Media
  • Lockheed Martin

Areas of Excellence

Innovation. Access. Impact. Our integrated approach to teaching and learning prepares students for the future of work and lifelong careers, making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Aerospace and Defense
Digital Arts and Entertainment
Healthcare
Hospitality and Tourism
Modeling and Simulation
Space
Transportation Science