Master of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts

About This Degree

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design is a customized, three-year graduate program where students work closely with dedicated faculty in the development of their own independent creative practice. Situated within a top-25 public research university, UConn’s Digital Media & Design Department operates at the intersection of fine art, technology, science, and the humanities. The program is designed for applicants with a demonstrated background in digital media/design who want 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. Situated in the School of Fine Arts, DMD faculty and students have the opportunity to engage in collaborative projects with both industry partners and top researchers across the university.

The M.F.A. 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, Digital Humanities/Social Sciences, STEM, Business, and Entertainment.  The ideal UConn DMD M.F.A. candidate aspires to innovate, experiment, and develop their unique creative voice. Join us in redefining the norm!


M.F.A. Application Requirements: 
Applicants for the M.A. or M.F.A. degree must complete the online application to the Graduate School.  Competitive teaching and graduate assistantships and fellowship positions that provide tuition remission, stipend, and health insurance are available. Completed applications must be received by January 11, 2022 to be considered for funding for a Fall 2022 start.

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 DMD concentration areas or in an interdisciplinary capacity across the DMD concentrations.

The Master of Fine Arts in Digital Media & Design requires a three-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.

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Our funded MFA students are unionized with tuition waivers and stipends, representing diverse skill sets, backgrounds, and artistic focus.


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