Master of Fine Art in Digital Media – ETSU Digital Media

Master of Fine Art in Digital Media

The Master of Fine Art in Digital Media is the terminal degree
in the field and is designed for students who are passionate about creating original digital content in the creative economy.

The MFA in Digital Media, is designed to serve the professional creative community by both advancing learning and skills, and providing credentials for career transitions. This degree would help graduates to further develop professional, technical, and artistic skills to break into an increasingly competitive industry. M.F.A. in Digital Media at ETSU utilizes a hands-on problem-solving approach with a professional focus to prepare students to be professional digital media practitioners.

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There are twelve credit hours in the degree dedicated to advancing the individuals’ skills in their digital media specialization (DIGM 5301 Solo Studio in Digital Media). There are an additional twelve credit hours dedicated towards team work in digital media projects for internal and external clients (DIGM 5302 Group Studio in Digital Media). Since digital media is a swiftly evolving field, there are six credit hours dedicated to experimenting with new technologies (Experimental Media I and II). Additionally, there are twelve credit hours dedicated to the culminating experience where individual students further develop and finalize a professional body of work for peer and faculty review (DIGM 5970 Culminating Experience).

Application Process

Application Process

Admission to the M.F.A. in Digital Media follows ETSU standards for graduate admissions. This includes:

• Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution (degrees from non-regionally accredited institutions will be reviewed individually)

• Minimum 2.5 GPA for domestic students, 3.0 GPA for international students

• Completed application form

• Essay of 150-300 words detailing the applicant’s interests in the M.F.A. in Digital Media

• Transcripts from all institutions attended

Additionally, the M.F.A. in Digital Media requires:

• Three letters of professional or academic reference

• Portfolio of digital media work

• Resume

The selective process for admission to graduate study in the M.F.A. in Digital Media is based on a critical examination by Digital Media Graduate Faculty of the applicant’s academic record, the content of courses taken, synergies between the applicant’s interests and the program’s strengths, content and strength of the recommendations, and the portfolio of studio work, papers, and/or professional experience as appropriate.

 

Who should Apply

Where Are They Now?

Are you passionate about creating digital content in the creative economy? This degree is for potential students with a bachelors degree, or returning students, who want to up their skill level by working with a team of like minded professionals.

We are looking for:

Modelers

Animators

Game Designers

Visual Effects Artists

Level Designers

Riggers

Concept Artists

Character Animators

Compositors

Cinematographers

Creature Artists

Enrivonment Artists

Coders

Look Development

Motion Graphics Artists

UI/UX Designers

3D Artists

CURRICULUM

What Classes Will I Take in the MFA?

The M.F.A. in Digital Media utilizes a hands-on problem-solving approach with a professional focus to prepare students to be professional digital media practitioners. The degree leverages faculty strengths and meets accreditation standards. There are twelve credit hours in the degree dedicated to advancing the individuals’ skills in their digital media specialization (DIGM5301 Solo Studio in Digital Media). There are an additional twelve credit hours dedicated towards team work in digital media projects for internal and external clients (DIGM5302 Group Studio in Digital Media). Since digital media is a swiftly evolving field, there are six credit hours dedicated to experimenting with new technologies (Experimental Media I and II). Additionally, there are twelve credit hours dedicated to the culminating experience where individual students further develop and finalize a professional body of work for peer and faculty review (DIGM5970 Culminating Experience).

DIGM5301 Solo Studio in Digital Media

Provides mentoring for students creating finished pieces demonstrating progression in a digital media discipline. Under faculty guidance in a studio environment, students solve design and technology problems to advance their professional work. Students are encouraged to develop and present their work in circumstances that develop connections with the professional world related to their discipline. Course may be taken up to 4 times for credit.

DIGM5302 Group Studio in Digital Media

Provides structure for students developing collaboration expertise through projects with internal/external partners. Multidisciplinary teams research, conceptualize, develop, and deliver creative solutions for design challenges. Under faculty guidance, students refine their communication, time management, adaptive thinking, and creative problem-solving skills through collaborative teamwork with peers. Course may be taken up to 4 times for credit.

DIGM5303 Seminar in Digital Media

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to research and discuss areas in their primary medium and related areas. Students will examine different developments related to emerging trends and will explore relationships within other students’ ongoing works. Students design and share course materials and curriculum based on their area of interest and expertise in digital media.

DIGM5910 Experimental Media

Supports innovative research in digital, experimental production at the graduate level. This course focuses on investigation into new technologies in digital media, with research into current and new advances on the creative application of those technologies. Students develop advanced technical skills in their area of specialization.

DIGM5915 Experimental Media II

Supports innovative research in digital, experimental production at the graduate level. Students build upon earlier work to further develop creative technical and aesthetic work that explores new technologies and applications. Emphasis is on research and development of new ideas.

MCOM5020 Media and Cultural diversities

A study of the images of the cultural environment as seen through the mass media, and their impact on the cultivation of conceptions of majority and minority status.

ARTH5xxx Graduate Level Art History

Special topics of

DIGM5910 Digital Media Applied Research & Curriculum Development

Introduces applied research and evaluation methods for digital media practitioners and educators with emphasis on developing skills used for academic writing and conducting basic research and program evaluation. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are addressed, with an emphasis on qualitative application in the development of digital media content.

DIGM5970 Culminating Experience

Provides mentoring for students creating a final body of work showing professional excellence in digital media, and a written document that substantiates the body of work. This course is taken twice in succession for six credits per term. If needed, the course may be taken for additional credit(s) to complete the culminating experience.

Electives

MCOM5080 Media Law & Ethics
MCOM5085 Media Theory
MCOM5100 Brand Content Strategy
PUBR5310 Media Management
ACCT5000 Essentials of Accounting
MKTG5010 Essentials of Marketing
MGMT5020 Legal and Social Responsibility
COMM5300 Qualitative Research in Communication
COMM5327 Popular Communication
COMM5065 Communication Ethics
COMM5200 Gender and Communication
STOR5647 Applied Storytelling: Storytelling for a Purpose
CSCI5157 Interactive Graphics
MSDM5000 Social Media and the Brand
CUAI5199 Teaching in a Diverse Society
MEDA5400 Technology in Teaching and Learning
MGMT5617 Small Business Management
EDFN5015 Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Design
EDFN5020 Exploring Instructional Design Technology Tools
Any DIGM 5xxx not already required
Any CSCI 5xxx
Any ARTA 5xxx
Any RTVF 5xxx
Any ENTC 5xxx
Others as approved by the Digital Media graduate coordinator.

GRADUATION

The M.F.A. is a non-thesis professional degree requiring successful completion of the designated credits, including the culminating experience, for a total of at least 60 credits.

Students can be Admitted to Candidacy after having completed a semester of at least 9 credits with a 3.0 GPA. A graduate advisory committee is formed by the student in their second semester of classes and must contain three faculty members, at least two of whom must be Digital Media graduate faculty.

A comprehensive evaluation of the student’s culminating experience shall be conducted by the student’s graduate advisory committee to determine whether the student is demonstrating professional excellence in digital media. The culminating experience may vary, student to student, as demanded by their respective disciplines, and as approved by their graduate advisory committee. This culminating experience must be supported by a written document, though such a document in itself may not constitute the final body of work. Also, a record of five approved candidacy activities must be completed, submitted, and recorded by the graduate committee chair before the completion of the culminating experience. These activities may include professional works, peer reviewed shows, conferences and other faculty approved experiences.

The MFA in Digital Media will follow ETSU graduate degree and graduation requirements.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

For more information write to Todd Emma, Graduate Coordinator