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Masters of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices

Envisioning artworks created with the latest technology fueled by critical content - that's the EDP program.

While also demonstrating an understanding of emergent digital practices within interdisciplinary contexts, the M.F.A. student should be able to articulate a deep understanding of the historical and contemporary contexts of art making as shaped by technology and the sciences. The M.F.A. student should be prepared for public engagement through a knowledge of the significance of established cultural institutions and frameworks such as galleries, museums, festivals, and other public spaces. Additionally, the M.F.A. graduate student should be prepared for the development and organization of emerging venues for the exhibition of, and public engagement through, digital art works and new media. The final form of the M.F.A. Thesis is the creation and public showcase of a significant body of work coupled with a written analysis of the past, present, and future of connected ideas, inspirations, and critical theories.

Points of Distinction

The M.F.A. Degree is structured as a 3-year program with students taking 2-3 courses during each of the three normal quarters per year. It is recommended that students pursuing the M.F.A. degree are able to focus full time on their studies without simultaneous employment.  The M.F.A. degree is considered a "terminal degree" providing the necessary credentials to teach at an institute of higher education.

Potential future opportunities for students graduating from EDP include:

  • Interaction Designer
  • Audio/Visual Performance Artist
  • Open Hardware Creator
  • Open Software Designer
  • Installation Artist
  • Multi-touch Display Architect
  • Art Director (technical to creative liaisons)
  • Sound Designer
  • Technology Critic
  • Humane Game Designer/Developer
  • Interactive Exhibition Designer
  • Doctoral Program candidate
  • Academic positions in New & Emerging Media
  • Professional Artist
  • Commissioned Artist (public & private)
  • Art Exhibition Coordinator
  • Curator / Assistant Curator
  • Art Administrator
  • Art Consultant
  • Gallery Owner


M.F.A. in Emergent Digital Practices (92 credits)

  • 12 Graduate Foundations credits required
  • 24 Art History/Grad Seminar/Grad EDP Cultures (12 hours of ARTH maximum, Contemporary Art History required)
  • 4 Research Methods credits
  • 20 Grad Critique credits
  • 20 4000-level EDP Studio/Make credits
  • 12 M.F.A. Exhibition credits

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