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So Many Reasons To Choose FIEA

Choosing the right grad school is important. And we think FIEA gives you many reason to come here. From our Princeton Review #1 ranking from 2020 through 2022, to our $74,000 average starting salary, check out why picking UCF for your education can be a great decision.

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Ranked Graduate Game Development Program from 2020-2022 by Princeton Review


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Avg. starting salary of FIEA grad hires


Number of companies that have hired our grads

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Electronic Arts Awards Scholarships to UCF Students to Increase Diversity in Gaming Industry
The inaugural Inclusion in Gaming Endowed Scholarships empower emerging electronic artists from underrepresented backgrounds. Lef to right: Graduate interactive media student Olivia Jacques-Baker; Executive Director…
UCF Threepeats as World’s Best Graduate Game Design Program
The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine have ranked UCF’s undergraduate and graduate programs among the best in the nation for the third straight year.…
UCF Graduate Video Game Design Named No. 1 — for Third Time
The university’s undergraduate video game design program also ranked No. 14 in the world, according to The Princeton Review and PC Gamer magazine. “Our goal…
Winning Streak! FIEA continues their dominance at Intel University Games Showcase
Malediction takes home the 2nd place award for Best Gameplay at The 2020 Intel University Games Showcase, this is the 4th straight year a FIEA…

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UCF Downtown & Creative Village

About Orlando’s Creative Village

Orlando’s Creative Village was born in 2005 when the doors opened for 12 students to the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, a unique graduate program established in partnership between the State of Florida, City of Orlando and University of Central Florida with a mission to create high-wage talent for the growing video game development industry. Today, FIEA’s enrollment has grown to over 130 annually and Orlando is one of the fastest-growing video game and simulation development regions in the world. The collective impact is defined by the creation of UCF Downtown, a new 7,000 student campus focused upon Communication, Games & Interactive Media, Film, and Innovative Education in the core of a next-generation metropolitan city. In 2021, Electronic Arts opened a new studio and located all Florida operations to the Creative Village with UCF Downtown. Orlando is quickly becoming a destination for creative talent.

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Studio 500

Launched in 2008, Studio 500 is the stage production facility of UCF Downtown. It boasts a 3,300 square foot motion capture stage, one of the largest on the East Coast, and a 3,500 square foot soundstage.

This world-class facility provides motion capture and video data for FIEA capstone games, student films, UCF research projects, and select commercial clients.

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Rob Franek

“UCF’s graduate program in game design has consistently made the top 5 on our list of the nation’s best graduate schools offering game design programs. This year, UCF’s undergraduate program in game design made our undergraduate list as well.”

Rob Franek, The Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief

“FIEA is a major source of talent for our EA SPORTS development studio in Orlando, resulting in 1 out of every 2 new graduates hired over the past 2 years”

Daryl Holt, EA Vice President

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Student Interviews

Joey Llobet a producer from FIEA’s graduating 2015 class speak about his experience attending FIEA. He is currently a Technical Designer at Electronic Arts (EA) located right here in Orlando at the EA Tiburon studio.

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