Digital Media & Design Graduate Program

Pursue an interdisciplinary MFA or MA degree in:

  • Animation, Visualization and Video
  • Web and Interactive Media
  • Game Development and Design
  • Digital Media Strategies for Business

The Digital Media & Design department offers two graduate degree programs: a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and a Master of Arts (MA). The department also offers an online graduate certificate.

Master of Fine Arts

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design is a customized, two-year graduate program where students work closely with dedicated faculty in the development of their own independent creative practice. Situated within a top-twenty public research university, UConn’s Digital Media & Design Department operates at the intersection of art, technology, industry, and science. The program is designed for the graduate student who has educational or career experience in digital media and design, giving them the opportunity to intensely pursue advanced education and research in their specific area of expertise or in an interdisciplinary capacity drawing from more than one area within the digital media space. As part of the School of Fine Arts, DMD faculty and students collaborate with the departments of Music, Dramatic Arts, and Art & Art History and also have the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with creative research and industry partners.

The MFA in Digital Media & Design is a terminal degree intended to provide educational and career-training within an experiential learning environment.  The program is structured to develop an in-depth understanding of digital media aesthetics, technology, practice, procedure, design, implementation and/or research techniques employed in the areas of Digital Art, Business, Digital Humanities/Social Sciences, STEM, and Entertainment.

Competitive teaching and graduate assistantships and fellowship positions that provide tuition remission, stipend, and health insurance are available. Completed applications must be received by February 15, 2018 to be considered for funding for a Fall 2018 start.

MFA Degree Requirements: In addition to the standard materials, applicants to the MFA degree must submit a digital portfolio through Slideroom showcasing the applicant’s readiness to engage in advanced creative activity and research within one of the six DMD concentration areas or in an interdisciplinary capacity across the DMD concentrations.  

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design requires a two-year commitment of full-time resident graduate study. A minimum of 60 graduate level credits are required to graduate. Of these 60 credits, required courses are: DMD 5001 Digital Media Graduate Colloquium, DMD 5010 Digital Culture, and 12 credits of DMD 5015 MFA Studio Critique taken during each semester of graduate residency for a total of four times. An additional 18 credits are selected from 5000-level DMD common courses, and 6 credits, approved by the student’s major advisor, are taken outside the department in a coherent field of study.  9 credits are taken in a combination of DMD 5099 Independent Study, which allows the student to pursue an independent project that demonstrates personal strengths and vision within the candidate’s selected area of study, or DMD 4081 Digital Media Internship is required.

The remaining credits count towards the development and presentation of an MFA thesis project that demonstrates the student’s personal strengths and vision within their specific area of study: 6 credits are taken as DMD 5075 MFA Final Thesis Project and 3 credits are taken as DMD 5900 MFA Degree Exhibition. Students must follow the MFA Thesis Project – Process and Procedures departmental guidelines while developing the thesis project. This includes instructions for the formation of an MFA Advisory Committee, submission of a thesis proposal, final examination and presentation of the thesis project, and thesis project documentation.

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design requires a two-year commitment of full-time resident graduate study. A minimum of 48 graduate level credits will be required to graduate. In addition, each MFA candidate will work with their faculty advisor to develop an MFA thesis project demonstrating their personal strengths and vision within their specific area of study. In addition to the standard materials, applicants to the MFA degree must submit a portfolio through SlideRoom showcasing the applicant’s readiness to engage in advanced creative activity and research within one of the six DMD concentration areas or in an interdisciplinary capacity across the DMD concentrations. Applicants for the MA or MFA degree must also complete the online application to the Graduate School.

**NEW for 2018-19 academic year:

We are also actively recruiting applicants to pursue a MFA in DMD that focuses on scientific and technical communication. In partnership with UConn’s award of a NSF Research Traineeship grant, “Science of Learning and Art of Communication,” this program will pioneer a new approach to training in science communication. Through this grant, DMD MFA candidates will join Ph.D. candidates from other disciplines including education, neuroscience, genetics, linguistics, and psychology, to work together to investigate a single research question: How do humans learn? Together, this cohort of students from the arts and the sciences will attempt to synthesize existing knowledge about this question from multiple scientific fields, cultivate new models for the science of learning that resolve old questions and reveal new ones, and integrate the process of visualization and verbalization into the practice of new research.

We encourage applications from students with a strong background in the arts, the sciences, or both. Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree in a scientific or artistic discipline, or a closely related field. Regardless of formal training, applicants will be expected to submit a portfolio of work that demonstrates ability in one or more artistic discipline, including but not limited to: illustration, graphic design, animation, film, video, or game/interactive design.

Download the flyer on the DMD program here.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (MA) in Digital Media & Design is designed to provide a personalized and customized graduate experience for the student with little or no digital media education or experience. A student will work with his/her advisor to develop their plan of study and their independent studies. The MA provides graduate students with the foundational digital media strategies, skills, and tools to pivot and pursue a career in digital media.

The program is structured to develop a focused understanding of digital media aesthetics, practice, procedure, technology, design, implementation and/or research techniques within a targeted commercial or creative area including: Digital Arts, Business, Digital Humanities/Social Sciences, STEM, and Entertainment.

MA Degree Requirements: The program of study for the MA requires one year of full-time resident graduate study. A minimum of 30 graduate level credits are required to graduate. Of these 30 credits, required courses are: DMD 5001 Digital Media Graduate Colloquium and DMD 5010 Digital Culture. An additional 15 credits are selected from 5000-level DMD common courses, and 6 credits are secondary field courses approved by the student’s major advisor and taken outside the department in a coherent field of study. 3 credits of either DMD 5099 Independent Study or DMD 4081 Internship allow the student to pursue an independent project that demonstrates personal strengths and vision within the candidate’s selected area of study.

Online Graduate Certificate

The Online Graduate Certificate in Digital Media and Design provides a foundation of skills and knowledge in digital marketing applications for businesses and organizations in four key areas – design, web development, digital media strategies and digital analytics. It is designed for college graduates working or hoping to work in the areas of advertising, communications, marketing, creative design and media, as well as for graduates from programs in Communication, Social Sciences, Marketing, Business, Engineering, Sciences, the Arts and other related disciplines who are interested in expanding their digital skills.

Requirements for the Online Graduate Certificate: The Digital Media and Design Online Graduate Certificate is a four-course, 12-credit program that  mixes theory with experiential learning. The program is designed for professionals, or those with a desire to pivot to a career in digital media. A Bachelor’s degree is required to apply. The courses must be taken in sequential order, beginning with two courses taken in the summer semester, DMD 5000 Creative Digital Fundamentals and DMD 5070 Introduction to Web Design. DMD 5700 Digital Media Strategies for Business is taken in the fall semester. And DMD 5720 Digital Media Analytics is taken in the spring semester.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please call 860-486-6765 or email: stacy.webb@uconn.edu or digitalmedia@uconn.edu.