Graduate Admissions

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA

Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

60 Credit Hours

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA

Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program is designed for studio and performing artists who wish to incorporate new media into their artistic practice, and for media artists who wish to expand into areas such as performance, installation, interactive art, and community-based art. Students are encouraged to engage with new technology and experiment with media as a tool for inspiring a diverse array of artistic outcomes.

students are encouraged to engage with new technology and experiment with media

The Integration of Media

Through focused study, students explore the history, theory, tools, and techniques of a number of creative disciplines and learn to effectively integrate those methodologies into their own work, resulting in radically new art forms.  These may include: embodied experiences, participatory artifacts, interactive environments, movement/performance-based instruments, experimental multi-channel audio works, augmented reality, networked practices, pubic media art interventions, and hybrid installations.  This program also encourages students to consider the context for their work, such as who is the audience, where will it be seen, and how will it be presented?   

learn to effectively integrate creative methodologies into their own work, resulting in radically new art forms

Connecting to the Contemporary Art World

The Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA student’s classroom and studio experience is enriched by the dedicated artists who make up both the student’s faculty and peers.  In addition Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts department hosts a Visiting Artist program in which internationally renowned professional artists engage with students through seminars, workshops, lectures, and individual critiques. Students also work closely with a committee of their selection composed of faculty and prominent arts professionals from outside the department while developing their thesis. 

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