Digital Culture, MA

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The MA in digital culture is geared toward practitioners of design and the arts who have an interest in software and system development and seek to enhance their practice through expanded engagement with interactive and embodied media design in a transdisciplinary environment.

The degree program allows artists and designers to explore new avenues for real-time media creation that seek to go beyond current paradigms. Coursework also explores current practices in various contexts (performance environments, health and well-being, social media and communication) as well as engineering-based approaches to the development of experiential systems with social impact.

Digital culture alumni have received job opportunities in areas such as:

  • audio and video
  • engineering
  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • interaction design
  • iOS development
  • journalism
  • programming
  • software engineering
  • special effects
  • 3D modeling and fabrication
  • visual media

Program Offered

Digital Culture, MA

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

Required Core (12 credit hours)
AME 520 Understanding Activity (3)
AME 530 Experiential Media Methodology and Theory I (3)
AME 531 Experiential Media Methodology and Theory II (3)
AME 532 Media Synthesis (3)

Electives or Research (18 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
AME 593 Applied Project (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
Students should check with the academic unit regarding appropriate electives coursework.

Admission Requirements

Degree: A minimum of a bachelor's or master's degree in arts, humanities, design, media studies, computer science, engineering or a closely related field from a regionally accredited college or university is required.

GPA: A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in the last 60 credit hours of the student's first bachelor's degree program is required. A minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in the applicable master's degree is required.

Portfolio: A portfolio is required; however, submissions will vary depending on the background of each prospective student due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program. Applicants from a wide variety of disciplines are expected to be interested in the master's. Key works will be requested from applicants to illustrate the types of skills they wish to develop in the master's program. Examples include games they have designed and programmed, interactive installations and performances (submitted as video), Web sites they have created or programmed, music they have composed digitally, or films they have made.

Foreign Language Exam: No

Required Admission Examination: No

Letters of Recommendation: Yes

Applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

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

MADC Deadline: Fall admission, preceding March 7

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