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MFA programs

What graduate programs do you think have the best digital media / new media / multidisciplinary practices ? The last conversation on this topic seems to be from 2004

I have been looking at UC Santa Barbara's Digital Media MFA program

and CAL Arts Integrated Media

as well as their Art & Technology program


Ceci Moss Aug. 5 2010 13:27Reply

Hi Sterling-
As a reference, I would look through Rhizome's New Media Programs list - there's a ton of info about various graduate MFA programs in New Media in that section of the site:
Hope this helps!

Nick Hasty Aug. 5 2010 14:07Reply


I can personally vouch for NYU's ITP. Lots of amazing things happening there, though it's not strictly an arts program, but you'll definitely get lots of multidisciplinary tech training:


Also check out Parson's D&T program, which is also top notch:


Both have faculty/profs who are very active in contemporary arts and tech practices.


nick hasty

Jason Huff Aug. 5 2010 14:13Reply

Hey Sterling,

Definitely check the New Media program list with Rhizome first. I'm in the MFA program at RISD right now and can say that it offers a lot of flexibility and resources to students. As a note, we're in the middle of an international search for a new department head which should end at the end of this academic year. Feel free to email me if you have any extra questions. The programs website is here: http://dm.risd.edu

You can also cruise this mega list of national new media programs:

It's not exclusively MFA but it's a good starting point for broader research on schools.

I know SVA just started an Interdisciplinary MFA program that might be worth checking out:

I've had a few friends who have gone to ITP too that had a good experience. The RISD program is geared more toward Fine Art and you can take courses at Brown - ITP is more technically focused. At least that's my understanding.


Nick Briz Aug. 5 2010 14:18Reply

hey Sterling,

I was in this boat a year ago and also sought rhizome's collective digital wisdom. In addition to the long list of specs one goes through when choosing a grad program I'd like to through out one that was key for me: community (if you're the type that believes in it). Both within and outside the institution - it was important for me to go somewhere that had an active scene/community that supported + challenged the kind of work I do. I'm partial to new media work of the "dirty" variety which in the end landed me at the school of the art institute of Chicago - which has some amazing faculty/students + is located in Chicago which outside the school has a very involved community of artists – it's really made my experience.


Mauro Aug. 6 2010 07:22Reply

Hello I'm Mauro an italian artist that is looking for a Masster of art in multidiscipline New Media, Science, Performance.
Do you know somethings like that in Europe?

Jason Huff Aug. 6 2010 21:02Reply

Hi Mauro,

Again, a great initial resource is the Rhizome list of New Media Programs. We have programs listed and linked in the States and Abroad. I think there is a good school in the south of France. If I find the link I'll post here.

Good luck,

Rebecca Lieberman Sept. 28 2013 12:31Reply


Does anyone know where I can find Rhizome's list of New Media programs? The link above is broken, as is the "New Media Resources" link in the footer. Thanks!