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M.F.A. Tracks and Curriculum

The M.F.A. in Media Arts and Technology incorporates three tracks from which students choose a path:

  1. Creative and Strategic Media
  2. Interactive Design
  3. Photography and Film

Each track is 39 credits of course work coupled with a 3-credit capstone Project/Thesis course for a total of 42 credits. As part of the 42-credit requirement, all students take the following program core requirements (15 credits):

DMA 501 - Introduction to Media Design
ADPR 567 - Media Research Methods
MDIA 565 - Ethical Issues in Media
MDIA 582 - Legal Issues in Media Law
MDIA 610 - Project/Thesis

Creative and Strategic Media

Creative and Strategic Media guides students in the art of telling good stories, through video, sound, text and graphic design. Students learn which medium best tells their stories and which messages reach their audiences for biggest positive impact.

The program enhances students' appreciation for ethical practices and public goods. Students develop sensitivity to the complex definitions of communities of people at large when the internet carries messages beyond historic borders and the United States moves rapidly toward a 'minority' majority population.

Program Core (15 Credits)
See above.

Track Core (18 Credits)
MDIA 541 - Media Writing
DMA 505 - Graphic Design Process
MDIA 517 - Critical Studies in Media
MDIA 568 - Media Entrepreneurship
MDIA 5XX (TBD) - Seminar: Creativity in Media

Students choose one of the following (3 credits):
ADPR 518 - Public Relations Campaigns
ADPR 519 - Advertising Campaigns, Writing, and Production
JOUR 571 - Investigative Reporting
JOUR 569 - Magazine Journalism
MDIA 584 - Media Project Management

Other Electives (6 Credits)

Total: 42

Interactive Design

The confluence of material and digital "things," technology and media present some of the most captivating issues in contemporary culture. People increasingly interact with and experience digital "things," through all possible means – vision, movement, voice, touch.  Are these "things" easy to use, helpful, or understandable?

In Interactive Design, students study digital "new" media in the context of human-technology interaction, and design. Using human-centered design approaches, students design interactive media products (i.e., interfaces, etc.). They learn the relevance of human factors (perception, behavior) to designed "things" and how research and analyses, usability data and analytics help inform the design of interactive "things."

Program Core (15 Credits)
See above.

Track Core (21 Credits)
DMA XXX (TBD) - Elements of UX Design
DMA 564 - Human-Computer Interaction Studio
DMA 522 - Kinetic Design Techniques OR DMA 505 - Graphic Design Process
DMA 545 - Interactive Design Studio I
DMA 574 - Interactive Design Studio II
DMA 572 - Development Studio I
DMA 575 - Development Studio II

Electives (6 Credits)

Total: 42

Photography and Film

Photography and Film examines theories, practices and the history of "lens-based" media, incorporating design and technological processes used for product deployment in these areas. Students use storytelling techniques, coupled with visual representation, to communicate ideas through sight and sound. Visual artists in the program, through visual design theory and individual experimentation, experience a project-based curriculum, preparing them to contribute to the industry through employment and/or entrepreneurship.

Program Core (15 Credits)
See above.

Track Core (21 Credits)
DMA 505 - Graphic Design Process
DMA 583 - Photography Studio I
MDIA 571 - Media Writing
MDIA 571 - Investigative Reporting
DMA 579 - Digital Video Production Studio I
DMA 583 - Photography Studio II
DMA XXX (TBD) - Digital Video Production Studio I

Electives (6 Credits)

Total: 42

Project/Thesis Course

Typically in the last semester of coursework, students register for the "Project" or "Thesis" course. In the course, students develop materials for the project/thesis committee to approve their proposals.

Upon committee approval, a student receives an "In-Progress" (IP) grade for this course. Students have a maximum of two years to submit their final work to their committee. Students pay university fees every semester they work on their projects/theses to retain access to university resources (library, labs, equipment, etc.).

Upon successful defense of his or her work, a student's "IP" grade changes to a "Passing" (P) grade and the M.F.A. degree is issued. The two-year time limit on the project/thesis is subject to the college's policy that graduate students have a maximum of six years to complete their graduate work.