The New Media BA Program

The new media program at Purchase College offers an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree program at the intersection of art, technology, and society. Students study the effects of digital media from multiple perspectives and develop their own voice through hands-on production in courses drawn from the visual and performing arts, computer science, the social sciences, and other liberal arts disciplines. Portfolio development is a high priority, with each student beginning his or her portfolio in the second year.

Students majoring in new media are offered a structured, well-rounded foundation covering a range of methodologies and content areas, with analysis and production often present in the same course. Collaboration is particularly encouraged, as are experimental and creative approaches to media production and distribution. This emphasis on practice and theory enables students to become technologically proficient media professionals.

Advanced Standing and the Senior Project
After applying for and receiving advanced standing, new media majors pursue a program of upper-level study designed by the student. This provides students with the opportunity to pursue individual interests while at the same time developing a focus in new media. As part of this program of study, all students are expected to complete an 8-credit senior project, which is supervised by a faculty member of the New Media Board of Study. Various types of senior projects are acceptable, and collaboration among students is encouraged.

Internships: The Bridge to a Career
Our students are strongly encouraged to pursue internships, which provide an important bridge to a career in the field. Many students complete multiple internships both on and off campus. In recent years, on-campus internships have included Purchase TV (PTV), Purchase Student Radio (WPSR), The Brick (an online, student-run newspaper), and Campus Technology Services. Off-campus internships have included Eyebeam, MTV, Focus Features, Comedy Central, Viacom, SONY, and Disney.

The skills of our graduates are well matched to a rapidly changing economy. They work as artists, multimedia designers, mobile game developers, Web developers, human-computer interaction specialists, documentary filmmakers, and video editors, among many other careers.


New Media Faculty (Board of Study)
School of Film and Media Studies:
Michael Bell-Smith, MFA, Bard College
Victoria Estok, MFA, Transart Institute, University of Plymouth
Yong Hee Kim, MFA, Parsons the New School for Design
Steve Lambert, MFA, University of California, Davis
Sara Magenheimer, MFA, Bard College
Joseph D. McKay, MFA, University of California, Berkeley
Nontsikelelo Mutiti, MFA, Yale University
Peter Ohring, PhD, University of Colorado
Sarah Sharp, MFA, Purchase College
Brooke Singer, MFA, Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Thayer, MFA, Concordia University (Montreal)
Hakan Topal, PhD, New School for Social Research
School of Natural and Social Sciences:
Jeanine Meyer, PhD, New York University

Contributing Faculty:
David Bassuk: Acting
Kate Gilmore: Sculpture
Elizabeth Guffey: Art History
Shaka McGlotten: Media, Society, and the Arts
Sarah Warren: Art History


For additional information and updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/AcademicPrograms/LAS/FilmMediaStudies/NewMedia/.

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