Department of Visual & Media Arts

Media Art (MFA)

I Am Emerson w/ Nerissa Williams

MFA film student Nerissa Williams discusses her appreciation of her family's ancestry and the impact that Emerson has on her creativity.

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The MFA in Media Art is a 64-credit program to be completed in six semesters (three years).

The MFA in Media Art provides students with the opportunity to develop as creative professionals and media artists. Students will work with image and sound to entertain, inform, persuade, and challenge, using both traditional and emergent media forms. They develop an understanding of the disciplines of film, video, audio, and interactive media production, bringing this understanding to bear on multimedia works.

The MFA in Media Art is a terminal degree for students who wish to pursue careers as media production professionals and artists, or who want to teach at the college or university level. Students are able to explore a variety of media production genres—narrative fiction, documentary, experimental—with a degree program that provides foundational knowledge in the use of media technologies, criticism and theory, and media business while offering a set of courses of advanced training and mentorship in their specific area of interest.


The Curriculum

Students study the history, theory, and critical discourse that provide the foundation of their work, so as to understand the context of their creative output and be able to evaluate its effectiveness. Students will acquire specialized skills demanded by the collaborative nature of production work. Cultivating the creative voice of each student is the primary focus of the program.

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Mentors & Media Makers

The friendships, creative partnerships, and professional connections that are formed here often last a lifetime. The MFA in Media Art was designed to help you build those connections.

Learning extraordinary things from teachers who are themselves working artists—and whose ranks include Guggenheim and Fulbright fellows—you'll be surrounded by talented people who constantly nudge, challenge, inspire, and support your creative growth.

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A World-Class City

For media makers, Boston is pretty close to heaven. New England is a popular location for Hollywood films and the city supports a thriving documentary and independent filmmaking community.

Emerson's campus, in the historic Theatre District, puts you right in the middle of it all, and our exceptional facilities give you the freedom to push your limits. To ensure that you always have access to the best tools, Emerson is continually investing in the latest equipment based on high-definition and industry standards. Our state-of-the-art facilties include:

  • Three digital audio sound production studios (one with Dolby surround sound)
  • Nine digital audio editing rooms
  • Two professionally equipped television studios
  • More than 50 Avid video editing stations
  • Digital mix-to-picture studios
  • A DVD authoring studio
  • Multiple digital production labs dedicated to new media, computer animation, and Final Cut Pro video editing
  • WERS-FM, our national award-winning, student-run radio station

With all these tools, techniques, and technologies at hand, you can journey wherever your creative vision takes you.


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