Students may elect to complete a two-year or a three-year program for the MFA in media arts and culture.  60 credits can be completed in two years or 62 credits can be completed in three years. (29 credits in the common core; 23 credits of electives in media arts practice and media history and theory; an 8-credit thesis project as the culminating creative experience; and two elective credits in teaching assistantships for the three-year program).  A minimum 3.0 (B) cumulative GPA must be earned at Purchase College.

Two-year model

First year

Fall (14 credits)

MAC 5010 History and Theory of Media and Culture I (4 credits)

MAC 5050 Media Arts Practice I (4 credits)

MAC 5100 Media Arts Critique I (3 credits)

MAC 5030 Pedagogy Workshop (3 credits)

Spring (15 credits)

MAC 5020 History and Theory of Media and Culture II (4 credits)

MAC 5060 Media Arts Practice II (4 credits)

MAC 5105 Media Arts Critique II (3 credits)

MAC 5–Media Art and Culture Electives (4 credits)

Second year

Fall (16 credits)

MAC 5040 Critical Research Methods in Media and Culture (4)

MAC 5–Media Arts and Culture elective (4)

MAC 5–Media Arts and Culture elective (4)

MAC 5990 MFA Thesis I (4)

Spring (15 credits)

MAC 5070 Topics in the History and Theory of Media & Culture (4 credits)

MAC 5100 Media Art Critique III (3 credits)

MAC 5–Media Arts and Culture elective (4 credits)

MAC 5991 MFA Thesis II (4 credits)

Three-year model (62 credits)

First year

Fall (11 credits)

MAC 5010 History and Theory of Media and Culture I (4 credits)

MAC 5050 Media Arts Practice I (4 credits)

MAC 5100 Media Arts Critique I (3 credits)

Spring (11 credits)

MAC 5010 History and Theory of Media and Culture II (4 credits)

MAC 5060 Media Arts Practice II (4 credits)

MAC 5105 Media Arts Critique II (3 credits)

Second year

Fall (11 credits)

MAC 5040 Critical Research Methods in Media and Culture (4)

MAC 5–Media Arts and Culture elective (4 credits)

MAC 5030 Pedagogy Workshop (3 credits)

Spring (9 credits)

MAC 5070 Topics in the History and Theory of Media & Culture (4 credits)

MAC 5– Media Arts and Culture elective (4 credits)

MAC 5998 Teaching assistantship (1 credit)

Third year

Fall (9 credits)     

MAC 5990 MFA Thesis I (4 credits)

MAC 5–Media Art and Culture elective (4 credits)

MAC 5998 Teaching assistantship (1 credit)

Spring (11 credits)

 MAC 5991 MFA Thesis II (4 credits)

 MAC 5110 Media Art Critique III (3 credits)

 MAC 5–Media Arts and Culture elective (4 credits)