About the Program
The MFA program in media arts and culture trains students in the progressive, experimental, and participatory forms of creative, critical practice that comprise the cutting edge of contemporary media arts.
Collaboration and Social Engagement
Students collaborate with local communities and galleries to create socially engaged media art that addresses the community’s aspirations, concerns, and needs. Through these partnerships, students explore new modes and sites of media creation, exhibition, and reception. The program stresses the value of hands-on creation and collaboration, pairing students with artists and scholars active in contemporary media arts.
Our multidisciplinary curriculum encourages students to think beyond medium-specific approaches, providing them with ample elective choices within and beyond media arts and culture. During their first year, students work in a collaborative environment, a directed studio in which students participate in web-based and installation-based media art. These collaborative works prepare students for their capstone project, a yearlong thesis individually supervised by a faculty member.
Immerse, Transform, and Imagine
This graduate program immerses students in dynamic media projects with neighboring communities. Focusing on a process-based model, students come to understand the transformational role that arts can play in communities. By motivating students to imagine futures through research-based art production, the program enables them to work across a variety of media and platforms, an essential skill that will allow graduates to position themselves within the ever-shifting media industry and landscape.
Check out this video from Faculty Brooke Singer’s Junior Seminar class, where you can see New Media students planning, installing, and showing their art in Yonkers PC4 space.
Part of being an MFA student means access to famous and innovative artists and lectures. Our New Media Lecture Series is free and open to the public:
Each semester, the new media program in the School of Film and Media Studies and the Neuberger Museum of Art co-host a series of lectures by accomplished artists, technologists, and theorists in the field of new media. Students and the broader campus community hear from and share dialogue with new media pioneers and visionaries. Past guests have included Lee Walton, Morehshin Allahyari, Fred Wilson, Ekene Ijeoma, Fiona Raby, and Julie Martin.