New technologies have profoundly changed contemporary culture and inevitably altered the role of the arts in society. The Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program serves as a center for the development and study of digital media and the cultures that they have helped create.
Faculty and students are drawn from a variety of backgrounds, such as the arts, computer engineering, humanities, the sciences, and social sciences, to pursue interdisciplinary artistic and scholarly research and production in the context of a broad examination of digital arts and cultures.
The Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program (DANM) is a two-year program organized into four interdependent and equally important pursuits:
New Praxis—The 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.
Studies—DANM “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 Research—Students 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.
Pedagogy—DANM trains future arts academics through practical experience. Students are awarded teaching assistant positions as part of their overall support packages as well as given opportunities to assist faculty in workshops.