Students may elect to complete a two-year or a three-year program for the MFA in media arts and culture.

Sixty 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 | Three-year model

  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 credits
MAC 5/Media Arts and Culture elective 4 credits
MAC 5/Media Arts and Culture elective 4 credits
MAC 5990/MFA Thesis I 4 credits
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

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 credits
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 Arts 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