Info on Digital/Media Art MFA Programs

Posted by Laurie Sumiye | Wed Aug 25th 2004 12:59 p.m.

hello... this is my first post to Rhizome!

I am currently preparing my portfolio and researching graduate programs to apply for my MFA in digital/new media art. It's been challenging b/c many of them have a career slant towards commericial art and design (which I don't want), and the programs are widely varying in curriculum and structure.

I am now trying to approach my search by looking for specific teachers I would like to work with, rather than focus on the school's reputation or program, since I don't feel like i'm finding quite what i'm looking for. My background is in digital video, graphic design, interactive design, and traditional fine art... so I don't need to learn the technology or how to draw so much, but rather the means and support to channel that technology and fine arts concepts into meaningful, interesting artworks.

So far, i've looked at and met w/ people from SVA, New School, NYU (Tisch), and Art Institute of Chicago. I'm researching programs at: UCSD, Pratt, Columbia, RISD and Royal School of Art.

Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
  • Kanarinka | Wed Aug 25th 2004 1:12 p.m.
    Hi Laurie --

    I suggest looking into the innovative, low-residency MFA program at the
    Maine College of Art -- www.meca.edu. They have a unique approach to art
    practice that includes new media, theory, and lots of productive
    critique. They also partner students with a practicing artist as an
    advisor for an entire year (so if you have someone you want to work
    with, you can bring them in as your advisor).

    This program is the future of MFA arts education.

    I'm happy to answer any specific questions you might have about the
    program.

    best,
    kanarinka

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    hello... this is my first post to Rhizome!

    I am currently preparing my portfolio and researching graduate programs
    to apply for my MFA in digital/new media art. It's been challenging b/c
    many of them have a career slant towards commericial art and design
    (which I don't want), and the programs are widely varying in curriculum
    and structure.

    I am now trying to approach my search by looking for specific teachers I
    would like to work with, rather than focus on the school's reputation or
    program, since I don't feel like i'm finding quite what i'm looking for.
    My background is in digital video, graphic design, interactive design,
    and traditional fine art... so I don't need to learn the technology or
    how to draw so much, but rather the means and support to channel that
    technology and fine arts concepts into meaningful, interesting artworks.

    So far, i've looked at and met w/ people from SVA, New School, NYU
    (Tisch), and Art Institute of Chicago. I'm researching programs at:
    UCSD, Pratt, Columbia, RISD and Royal School of Art.

    Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
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  • curt cloninger | Wed Aug 25th 2004 2:55 p.m.
    Hi Laurie,

    Yes, I would have said UCSD and tisch:
    http://www.itp.nyu.edu
    w/ Douglas Rushkoff (and Mark Napier -- woo hoo!)

    http://visarts.ucsd.edu/
    w/ Lev Manovich and Amy Alexander

    also:
    http://mdp.artcenter.edu/program/
    w/ Brenda Laurel and Peter Lunenfeld

    http://dt.parsons.edu/mfadt.html (affiliated with the New School)
    w/ Golan Levin

    http://www.mcad.edu/
    w/ Piotr Szyhalski ( http://www.mcad.edu/home/faculty/szyhalski/Piotr )
    just because he rocks the block

    and you can get an MFA in game development here, which is kind of cool:
    http://www.scad.edu/academic/programs/graduate/index.html#mfa

    Some low-residency MFA programs:
    http://www.meca.edu/ (as kanarinka suggested)
    http://www.tui.edu/prospective/ma/mfava/default.asp?strLink
  • Scott Paterson | Wed Aug 25th 2004 8:56 p.m.
    Hi all,
    Just a qwik revision to this list. Golan moved to Carnegie Mellon which has an interesting HCI program but not, I think, pertinent to Laurie's criteria. As a Parsons adjunct for 4 yrs, I'd dissuade Laurie from the MFADT program only because it tends towards the commercial unless you pick and choose your faculty and studios very wisely, in which case it can be a great situation. I'd also throw in that the student body can have a lot to do with the experience - that's universal, not unique to Parsons.
    There's also the new program at RISD run by Bill Seaman which sounds really interesting too, esp for cross discipline class offerings!

    my 2c
    [sgp]

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    Hi Laurie,

    Yes, I would have said UCSD and tisch:
    http://www.itp.nyu.edu
    w/ Douglas Rushkoff (and Mark Napier -- woo hoo!)

    http://visarts.ucsd.edu/
    w/ Lev Manovich and Amy Alexander

    also:
    http://mdp.artcenter.edu/program/
    w/ Brenda Laurel and Peter Lunenfeld

    http://dt.parsons.edu/mfadt.html (affiliated with the New School)
    w/ Golan Levin

    http://www.mcad.edu/
    w/ Piotr Szyhalski ( http://www.mcad.edu/home/faculty/szyhalski/Piotr )
    just because he rocks the block

    and you can get an MFA in game development here, which is kind of cool:
    http://www.scad.edu/academic/programs/graduate/index.html#mfa

    Some low-residency MFA programs:
    http://www.meca.edu/ (as kanarinka suggested)
    http://www.tui.edu/prospective/ma/mfava/default.asp?strLink
  • Lee Wells | Thu Aug 26th 2004 1:14 a.m.
    Check out the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois at
    Chicago. I think you get an MFA out of it. Great Painting program as well.

    I would say stay away from Pratt.

    Question?

    Why do you need to get your masters?
    Who is it that you specifically want to study under?

    On 8/25/04 2:59 PM, "Laurie" <f_munky@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > hello... this is my first post to Rhizome!
    >
    > I am currently preparing my portfolio and researching graduate programs to
    > apply for my MFA in digital/new media art. It's been challenging b/c many of
    > them have a career slant towards commericial art and design (which I don't
    > want), and the programs are widely varying in curriculum and structure.
    >
    > I am now trying to approach my search by looking for specific teachers I would
    > like to work with, rather than focus on the school's reputation or program,
    > since I don't feel like i'm finding quite what i'm looking for. My background
    > is in digital video, graphic design, interactive design, and traditional fine
    > art... so I don't need to learn the technology or how to draw so much, but
    > rather the means and support to channel that technology and fine arts concepts
    > into meaningful, interesting artworks.
    >
    > So far, i've looked at and met w/ people from SVA, New School, NYU (Tisch),
    > and Art Institute of Chicago. I'm researching programs at: UCSD, Pratt,
    > Columbia, RISD and Royal School of Art.
    >
    > Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
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  • patrick lichty | Thu Aug 26th 2004 6:58 a.m.
    I'm currently working at Bowling Green State in Ohio. The atmosphere is
    a small Midwestern college town, the curriculum is good, the program has
    amazing labs, and the people actually like one another.

    Patrick Lichty
    Editor-In-Chief
    Intelligent Agent Magazine
    http://www.intelligentagent.com
    1556 Clough Street, #28
    Bowling Green, OH 43402
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    Check out the Electronic Visualization Lab at the University of Illinois
    at
    Chicago. I think you get an MFA out of it. Great Painting program as
    well.

    I would say stay away from Pratt.

    Question?

    Why do you need to get your masters?
    Who is it that you specifically want to study under?

    On 8/25/04 2:59 PM, "Laurie" <f_munky@yahoo.com> wrote:

    > hello... this is my first post to Rhizome!
    >
    > I am currently preparing my portfolio and researching graduate
    programs to
    > apply for my MFA in digital/new media art. It's been challenging b/c
    many of
    > them have a career slant towards commericial art and design (which I
    don't
    > want), and the programs are widely varying in curriculum and
    structure.
    >
    > I am now trying to approach my search by looking for specific teachers
    I would
    > like to work with, rather than focus on the school's reputation or
    program,
    > since I don't feel like i'm finding quite what i'm looking for. My
    background
    > is in digital video, graphic design, interactive design, and
    traditional fine
    > art... so I don't need to learn the technology or how to draw so much,
    but
    > rather the means and support to channel that technology and fine arts
    concepts
    > into meaningful, interesting artworks.
    >
    > So far, i've looked at and met w/ people from SVA, New School, NYU
    (Tisch),
    > and Art Institute of Chicago. I'm researching programs at: UCSD,
    Pratt,
    > Columbia, RISD and Royal School of Art.
    >
    > Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thank you!
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  • Seth Hunter | Sat Nov 6th 2004 10:53 p.m.
  • ben syverson | Sat Nov 6th 2004 11:25 p.m.
    On Nov 6, 2004, at 11:53 PM, Seth Hunter wrote:

    > http://www.artic.edu/saic/programs/depts/graduate/ats.html

    Seth, I think you'd find the Film Video and New Media department at
    SAIC much more interesting. Jon Cates created the New Media curriculum
    there and is now teaching New Media classes full time, with an emphasis
    on New Media history, criticism, theory and praxis. The ATS dept and
    VisCom dept have "techy" classes that are light on theory, but I can't
    imagine spending tens of thousands of dollars to attend a famously
    conceptual school and then taking purely technical classes -- you'd be
    better off going to a local technical college.

    If you have questions about://SAIC/FVNM/NewMedia.info, Jon's email
    address is his first initial followed by his last name @artic.edu

    - ben
  • Patrick Simons | Mon Nov 8th 2004 3:57 a.m.
    Of course you could try

    M.A. Interactive Art & Design in Falmouth U.K.

    http://www.falmouth.ac.uk/en/programmes-of-study/interactive-art-design-ma.asp

    best

    Patrick

    G9
  • // jonCates | Mon Nov 8th 2004 4:09 p.m.
    > >Seth Hunter wrote:
    >> >http://www.artic.edu/saic/programs/depts/graduate/ats.html

    THEN

    bensyverson wrote:
    > >Seth, I think you'd find the Film Video and New Media department at
    > SAIC much more interesting. Jon Cates >created the New Media
    > curriculum there and is now teaching New Media classes full time, with
    > an emphasis on >New Media history, criticism, theory and praxis. The
    > ATS dept and VisCom dept have "techy" classes that are >light on
    > theory, but I can't imagine spending tens of thousands of dollars to
    > attend a famously conceptual school >and then taking purely technical
    > classes -- you'd be better off going to a local technical college.

    bensyverson is describing my approach accurately but i would like to
    add that the Art & Technology Studies (ATS) + Visual Communications
    (Viscom) depts both have very talented ppl working in them. for
    instance, David Crawford has just joined the Viscom faculty as their
    first fulltime New Media hire. i am the first fulltime New Media hire
    in the Film Video and New Media (FVNM) dept. i have been hired in the
    New Media position that was announced here on rhizome.org by Dan
    Eisenberg, the Chair of FVNM. other depts also either have or are
    developing curriculum of interest to new media artists such as Sound,
    Performance, Writing, Architecture Interior Architecture Designed
    Objects (AIADO), etc. overall, the School of the Art Institute of
    Chicago fosters interdisciplinary courses of study between depts.

    as bensyverson said i have been developing the New Media curriculum
    w/in the Film Video and New Media dept for the last few years + believe
    that these + future developments we are planning as well as my current
    fulltime position are very positive movements towards what is already
    an amazing dept ppled w/well known practicing artists of various
    interests + experiences. unlike other departments + schools, the Film
    Video and New Media dept uniquely frames the historically rooted
    theorypractice of New Media in relation to screen-based artmaking from
    the advent of cinema to the current moment while involving diverse
    forms of experimental + independent media art making such as expanded
    cinema, artware, video games, etc. b/c of these developments,
    perspectives + histories, sum of you may be drawn to the Film Video and
    New Media dept. additionally FVNM is a young + dynamic program that
    allows artists to develop their work in relation to film art, video art
    + various interdisciplinary studies. this is a substantial set of the
    reasons why i am personally excited + enthused to be in the Film Video
    and New Media dept.

    general nfo on the Film Video and New Media dept is here:

    http://www.artic.edu/saic/programs/depts/graduate/fvnm.html

    ++

    http://www.artic.edu/saic/programs/depts/undergrad/fvnm.html

    bensyverson wrote:
    > >If you have questions about://SAIC/FVNM/NewMedia.info, Jon's email
    > address is his first initial followed by his >last name @artic.edu

    yes, that addy is: jcates AT artic.edu
    or you can use this address that i am sub'ed to rhizome.org w/:
    joncates AT criticalartware.net
    i would be happy to talk w/anyOne about anyQuestions you may have about
    the New Media aspect of the Film Video and New Media program, the dept
    in general, course offerings, etc. i strongly recommend the the Film
    Video and New Media @ The School of the Art Institute of Chicago to
    those of you who are considering new media programs + interested in the
    histories + theorypractices of experimental media arts.
    [talk/type] soon.

    //jonCates
    Assistant Professor
    Film, Video and New Media
    School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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