Make art that matters.
The MFA program in media arts and culture provides the intellectual, aesthetic, and technical tools to make art that matters.
Students work in both collaborative and solo environments, within a department of creative and diverse faculty who are leaders in the New York City media arts scenes. This program offers partnerships with New York City- and Westchester-based community organizations and galleries, and the resources to create media art that is rigorously theorized, historically reflective, and socially engaged, responding to the most urgent contemporary issues.
The MFA in media arts and culture is ideal for graduates of film, media studies, or related arts programs who want to learn how to articulate ideas, practice, and civic concerns through original and socially and culturally relevant work.
Our curriculum treats art as critical inquiry and explores emerging technologies as media for creative expression. Courses span time-based media, media and design, experimental web, digital photography, computational art, ecocritical practice, multimedia installation, information visualization, and other contemporary modes of practice.
Students elect to undertake this MFA as either a two- or three-year program.
A portion of the first year is dedicated to the design and implementation of a collaborative, large-scale, community-based art project. After completing the first year, students explore and refine research-based art practice via interdisciplinary coursework and an individually mentored thesis project.