Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
Credit Hours:

Learn to integrate the language of art and technology through an informed critical practice.
Through New Media Art, you will focus on our relationship with technology, visual culture and performance in contemporary art. This broad and intensive terminal degree experience focuses on intellectual and creative growth, fostering your practice and preparing you for a lifetime of accomplishment and meaningful contribution as a culture creator. The program frames the individual needs of each student through the development of conceptual, aesthetic and technical skills.

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Why Earn a Master's in New Media Art?

The New Media Art program for the M.F.A. degree in Studio Art integrates creative research, contemporary theory, and studio practice culminating in a solo exhibition.

New Media Arts students integrate the language of art and technology through an informed critical practice that includes the following:

  • Film and video
  • Physical computing
  • Net-art
  • Performance
  • Sound
  • Sensing devices
  • Mapping
  • Social practice
  • Participatory media

While in the College of Visual Arts and Design, students participate in ideas and methodologies across disciplines while engaging in the critical practice of the fine arts. Housed in a world-class Tier 1 research institution, CVAD is a short drive from the vibrant cultural capitals of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Our graduate programs are led by engaged artists and educators who are recognized nationally and internationally for their intellectual and creative research. The studio art faculty are passionate and work to ensure that students realize their potential. We are proud of the diverse means of research modes and art-making processes in our program and the many successes of our M.F.A. graduates who make their impact through creative inquiry, scholarship and innovation. Our M.F.A. students are passionate, skilled, dedicated and have a unique vision.

Marketable Skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Advanced craftsmanship
  • Teamwork
  • Advanced oral and written communication
  • Advanced multiple approach assessment

New Media Art Studio Art Master's Highlights

Graduate courses include discipline-based courses, professional practices and variable topics courses designed to explore concepts and processes in art-making that go beyond the normal curricular parameters of traditional studio disciplines.
All graduate students are provided individual studios in our new Art Annex.
The CAVE is a modular exhibition, performance, and studio space specifically tailored for time-based art, immersive video installations and virtual reality experiences. Equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual matrix, theatrical grid and nearly 360 degrees of seamless projection surfaces, the CAVE facilitates a wide variety of artistic practices focused on emergent technologies.
The Lighting Studio contains two seamless cycloramas in chroma green and white, various colors of backdrop paper, a sound-isolation booth and professional lighting equipment.
The Alcove Project Space is for small-scale and short-term student exhibitions. The space is outfitted with a short-throw projector, a theatrical grid for hanging work or creating lighting schemes, and 2x house speakers.
The New Media Art concentration crosses various disciplines and mediums and has included expanded cinema performance, virtual world-building, training neural networks, data encoded fashion design, light sculpture, soundscape compositions, interactive video, crypto-art, projection mapping and physical computing.

Career Outlook

The Studio Art M.F.A. with a concentration in New Media Art prepares graduates for diverse career pathways in education, museum work, the entertainment industry and the arts.

Employment opportunities include:

  • Teaching in higher education
  • Teaching general art in K-12 education
  • Working as a visual arts technician
  • Workshop leader
  • Entrepreneurial pursuits

Fine artists may maintain a professional studio practice, produce exhibitions and participate in global arts networks.

New Media Art practices include performance art, video art, mixed media, cyber and digital art and crypto art.

Graduates may be self-employed business owners or work for manufacturers or large-scale studios.

Additional employment opportunities include film editing and production, gaming direction, museum curation and technical support, gallerist, and multimedia show developers for planetariums, music and theater performances.

Overall employment of fine artists is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

New Media Art Studio Art Master's Courses You Could Take

Seminar in University Art Teaching (3 hrs)
Study of problems unique to university art faculty; professional practices in various fields of art teaching.
Praxis: Rotating Topics (3 hrs)
Readings, discussion and/or studio exploration of various art issues. Praxis graduate seminars are intensive topical or single discipline-based courses which encourage innovation, the development of a new method, idea and results. Seminars vary in structure offering a blend of reading/writing/presentation/discussion and studio practice/group critique.
Professional Practices for the Studio Artist (3 hrs)
Introduces and examines a wide range of strategies for developing a professional practice as a working visual artist.
M.F.A. Project In Lieu of Thesis Research (3 hrs)
Art research and practice for creative project in lieu of thesis. Typically taken with project in lieu of thesis supervisory committee chair in consultation with the supervisory committee.
M.F.A. Project in Lieu of Thesis (3 hrs)
Art research and practice for creative project. Students present project as an exhibition, oral defense, project report, artist statement, portfolio of outcomes.
Topics in Studio Art (3 hr)
Variable topics course designed to explore concepts and processes in art-making that go beyond the normal curricular parameters of traditional studio disciplines.

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