Digital Culture, MA

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The MA in digital culture is a program housed in the transdisciplinary School of Arts, Media and Engineering. It is geared toward practitioners of design and the arts who have an interest in engaging in scholarly knowledge creation at the intersection of computational arts and sciences and seek to enhance their practice through expanded engagement with interactive and embodied media theory and design. The degree program allows artists and designers to explore new avenues for real-time media creation that seek to go beyond current paradigms.

The School of Arts, Media and Engineering is devoted to producing research at the highest scholarly, artistic and technological levels. The school's mission is to improve and facilitate learning, creativity and communication; done through the integration of human physical experience and computational and digital media practice-based methods.

Students admitted into the Master of Arts program can explore the intersection of any of these and other fields:

  • acoustic ecology
  • AI and machine learning
  • auditory culture
  • critical media theory
  • design
  • digital composition and performance
  • experiential media
  • food design and sensory science
  • mediated rehabilitation
  • philosophical technologies
  • public participation in science
  • responsive environments
  • social and embedded design
  • somatic and movement studies
  • sustainability and critical climate studies
  • system engineering
  • urban climate infrastructure
  • virtual reality and augmented reality

At A Glance

Digital Culture, MA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

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

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in one of the following areas from a regionally accredited institution: arts, humanities, design, media studies, computer science, engineering or a closely related field.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. letters of recommendation
  4. portfolio
  5. statement of purpose
  6. writing sample
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

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

The statement should explain, in a concise and persuasive manner, how the student's educational, professional and personal experiences inform their research and creative interests, and it should elaborate on any aspect of their background that supports candidacy to the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

Information about this program

Visit the School of Arts, Media and Engineering website for full details.