Digital Media and Design

The Digital Media and Design department offers two graduate degree programs: a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) and a Master of Arts (M.A.). The department also offers an online graduate certificate.

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Digital Media and Design

The program is a customized, two-year graduate program where students work closely with dedicated faculty in the development of their own independent creative practice. The Digital Media and Design Department operates at the intersection of art, technology, industry, and science. The program is designed for the graduate student who has educational or career experience in digital media and design, giving them the opportunity to intensely pursue advanced education and research in their specific area of expertise, or in an interdisciplinary capacity drawing from more than one area within the digital media space. As part of the School of Fine Arts, Digital Media and Design faculty and students collaborate with the departments of Music, Dramatic Arts, and Art and Art History and also have the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with creative research and industry partners. The M.F.A. in Digital Media and Design is a terminal degree intended to provide educational and career-training within an experiential learning environment. The program is structured to develop an in-depth understanding of digital media aesthetics, technology, practice, procedure, design, implementation and/or research techniques employed in the areas of Digital Art, Business, Digital Humanities/Social Sciences, STEM, and Entertainment. In addition to the standard materials, applicants to the M.F.A. degree must submit a digital portfolio through Slideroom showcasing the applicant’s readiness to engage in advanced creative activity and research within one of the six DMD concentration areas or in an interdisciplinary capacity across the DMD concentrations.

M.F.A. Requirements: The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media and Design requires a two-year commitment of full-time resident graduate study. A minimum of 60 graduate level credits are required to graduate. Of these 60 credits, required courses are: DMD 5001, 5010, and 12 credits of DMD 5015 (taken each semester of graduate residency for a total of four times); 18 credits from 5000-level DMD common courses; and six credits, approved by the student’s major advisor, are taken outside the department in a coherent field of study; nine credits are taken in a combination of DMD 4081 or 5099; six credits of DMD 5075; and three credits of M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition.

M.F.A Thesis Project. Students must follow the M.F.A. Thesis Project – Process and Procedures departmental guidelines while developing the thesis project. This includes instructions for the formation of an M.F.A. Advisory Committee, submission of a thesis proposal, final examination and presentation of the thesis project, and thesis project documentation.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Digital Media and Design

The M.A. program is designed to provide a personalized and customized graduate experience for the student with little digital media education or experience. A student will work with his/her advisor to develop their plan of study and their independent studies. The M.A. provides graduate students with the foundational digital media strategies, skills, and tools to pivot and pursue a career in digital media. The program is structured to develop a focused understanding of digital media aesthetics, practice, procedure, technology, design, implementation and/or research techniques within a targeted commercial or creative area including: Digital Arts, Business, Digital Humanities/Social Sciences, STEM, and Entertainment.

M.A. Requirements: The program of study for the M.A. requires one year of full-time resident graduate study. A minimum of 30 graduate level credits are required to graduate. Of these 30 credits, required courses are: DMD 5001 and 5010; 15 credits are selected from 5000-level DMD common courses; six credits are secondary field courses approved by the student’s major advisor and taken outside the department in a coherent field of study; three credits of either DMD 4081 or 5099.

The programs are offered by the School of Fine Arts.