Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Program Description

DANM researches the creative potentials and social implications of emerging technologies and cultural practices. Our two-year MFA program emphasizes critical and experimental inquiry, interdisciplinary collaboration, and social action. Faculty closely mentor emerging artists to become deep thinkers, artistic innovators, and responsible leaders. 

DANM Faculty and students represent a variety of backgrounds, including the arts, computer engineering, humanities, the sciences, and social sciences. Together, we examine digital arts and cultures through interdisciplinary artistic and scholarly research and production.

The MFA Program is designed around four interdependent pursuits:

New PraxisThe term “Praxis” has many meanings, which include “translating ideas into action” and “action and reflection upon the world in order to change it.” New Praxis in DANM is comprised of “critique” and “practicum” which provide students with both the practical training and critical dialogue necessary to pursue their own individual goals as artists and cultural practitioners.

StudiesDANM “Studies” include required core seminars that allow students first, to explore an array of recent methods and approaches in Digital Arts and Culture, and then to pursue the construction of specific genealogies and theories with a sustained focus on a particular topic by engaging in various dialogues at the intersection of theory and practice, while developing their thesis project and paper.

Collaborative ResearchStudents and faculty engage in research collaborations resulting in publications and exhibitions in one of four possible focused research areas—Mechatronics, Participatory Culture, Performative Technologies, and Playable Media. In 2017-18, the focus areas will be Art & Science, Experimental Play, and Socially Engaged Art.

PedagogyDANM trains future arts academics through practical experience. Students are awarded teaching assistant positions as part of their overall support packages. Opportunities exist to teach one's own class and to search as faculty a research assistant. Approximately one third of our alumni pursue Ph.D.s and academic careers.