The MFA program in Media Arts and Culture provides the intellectual, aesthetic, and technical tools to make art that matters.
Students develop their art practice within a comprehensive curriculum that includes one-on-one mentoring, collaborative work, theoretical inquiry, and the flexibility to explore their interests within Purchase College’s varied course offerings.
Students work with a department of creative and diverse faculty who are prominent in the worlds of media art and technology.
Faculty specialties include video art, socially engaged art, digital printmaking, creative coding, AR / VR, internet art, installation art, physical computing, sound art, tactical media, distributed media and more.
The MFA in Media Arts and Culture is ideal for graduates of media art, new media, digital arts, or related arts programs who want to further develop their practice, critically reflect on cultural and global events, and articulate their ideas in a supportive artistic and academic environment.
Engaging with artists, art spaces, and community organizations in the greater New York City area, the program provides resources to create media art that is formally inventive, rigorously theorized, historically reflective, and socially engaged. Our curriculum treats art as critical inquiry and explores emerging technologies as media for creative expression.
Students elect to undertake this MFA as either a two- or three-year program with a portion of the first year dedicated to the design and implementation of a collaborative community-based art project.
Interacting with the art and culture community of the greater NYC area is an integral part of the MAC program. In the Fall 2018 semester MAC students:
• Attended artist presentations by Miho Hatori, Fia Backstrom, Terike Haapoja and John Michael Boling.
• Visited the studio of Swoon, The PS1 Art Book Fair, Interface Archive, and 8 Ball Community.
• Had exhibition walkthroughs by curators at Pioneer Works and Franklin Street Works as well as artist Glen Fogel at JTT gallery.
• Attended the performative conference “The Permeable Stage – Reimagining the Social” at Performance Space.
• Saw gallery exhibitions by artists Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Martine Syms, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and more…