Art (Digital Technology), MFA

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The MFA in art with a concentration in digital technology combines technological and artistic goals and is designed for students with skills and experience in both realms.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate accomplishments in art and technology, particularly in having developed new digital technology for the arts. Coursework will be required in both the School of Art and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. The School of Art offers graduate-level courses in digital audio, video, photography, printing, compositing, interactive sculpture and rapid prototyping. Graduate courses offered by the School of Arts, Media and Engineering focus on topics such as interactive media methodology and theory, sensing and understanding activity, perception and cognition for artists and designers, advanced programming, interaction design for media installations, and digital and physical fabrication.

The program is offered by the School of Art in collaboration with the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

Program offered

Art (Digital Technology), MFA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Program requirements

Graduate credit is subject to committee approval and includes:

36 graduate studio credit hours in the major areas of concentration of which 18 credit hours are ART studio classes and 18 credit hours are graduate-level courses in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering
six credit hours of ART 621 Seminar
six credit hours of graduate-level art history
six credit hours of ART 680 Practicum and six credit hours of AME 593 Applied Project, leading either to a final exhibition or an applied project

Admission Requirements

Admission is a two-step process. Although applicants fill out one application through the online Graduate Education application process, they must be admitted into the MFA program and Graduate Education.

  1. All applicants must complete the Graduate Education online application.
  2. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university recognized by ASU is required.
  3. A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00="A") in the last 60 hours of a student's bachelor's program is required.
  4. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for an applicant whose native language is not English regardless of current residency:

Applications must include the following components:

  1. current resume or curriculum vitae
  2. portfolio of 20 images sized with maximum dimension of 1024 pixels; video files of less than 60 MB each; and an image list that accompanies the portfolio
  3. statement of intent not exceeding 1,000 words that addresses the applicant's artistic interests, reasons for applying to graduate school in general and the ASU School of Art in particular, as well as professional goals
  4. three letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom the applicant has studied or from recognized professionals in the field*

*All of the instructions for letters of recommendation must be followed when submitting with the application to Graduate Education.

Applications for the digital technology concentration program must also include:

  1. a statement and evidence of work demonstrating digital technology skills beyond end user applications
  2. an art and digital technology resume

The method for submission is online via SLIDEROOM: Applicants may upload images (.jpg), video (.mov, .wmv, .fly), music (.mp3) or PDF documents. Please see the program website for application deadlines.

Applicants must fulfill both the requirements of Graduate Education and those of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

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