November 21, 2015

MFA in Digital Arts

Pratt Institute
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Pratt Institute’s MFA in Digital Arts
Pratt Institute is currently ranked #2 for animation on the East Coast and #9 in the nation by Animation Career Review. It is ranked among the top schools by BusinessWeek and number five in the world for art and design out of 50 colleges by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015.

Within the context of new media and networked culture, students in Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts produce work that is conceptually and technically sophisticated and positioned within a contemporary art discourse. In addition to their participation in departmental and campus wide events, DDA students are proactive in working with outside galleries and institutions to mount exhibitions and hold lectures and performances.

A rigorous concentration on professional practices leads graduates to advanced work in a variety of creative new media fields. Students, faculty and alumni have been represented in major national and international galleries, museums, festivals and conferences, such as Bitforms Gallery, Postmasters, and Arts Electronica; they have also received numerous awards, including New York Foundation for the Arts grants, Banff residencies, Academy Awards, Aaron Siskind Fellowships, Emmy Awards, Eyebeam Fellowships, New York State Council Grants, and SIGGRAPH Awards.

Domestic and international artists come together to study within the concentrations of interactive artsdigital animation/motion arts, digital imaging, and DDA/SILS (School of Information and Library Science) dual degree. When applying, students choose a specific concentration and begin their study within cohort groups; the outcomes from each concentration, however, are broad and diverse.

–The Interactive Arts program offers students curriculum covering a vast array of topics including physical computing, augmented reality, interactive installation, performance, and iOS application development.
–The Digital Imaging curriculum provides a platform for students to produce artworks that span bits to atoms, including 3D printed sculptures, electronic books, installation art and multi-application compositing.
–Digital Animation and Motion Arts students create work from storyboarding to post-production that ranges from screen-based animation to time-based installations.
–The Digital Arts/Information and Library Science Dual Degree program addresses challenges in both fields that require students to acquire high-level skills and knowledge in using digital tools for the creation, exhibition, use and preservation of digital arts and information environments.

In all concentrations, students develop skills in programming and 3D modeling while concurrently contextualizing their practice through intensive courses in critical New Media theory. Throughout their studies, students work with the departments’ internship coordinator to explore opportunities, for academic credit, at studios, galleries, arts institutions and companies in the metropolitan New York area. Past DDA students have interned at Bitforms Gallery, Blue Sky Studios, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, The Mill, Psyop, Transfer Gallery, R/Greenberg Associates and many more.
Located in Myrtle Hall, a new state-of-the-art facility on the Northern tip of Pratt Institute’s 25-acre Brooklyn campus, students in this 60-credit-hour, two-year Graduate Digital Arts program are fully immersed in the creation of artwork informed by and utilizing technologies of the digital age.

Applying: View admissions requirements  
Scholarships: Graduate scholarships are available to incoming domestic and international students based on merit.
Visit: To schedule an appointment for a department tour, contact Pratt’s Department of Digital Arts by email at [email protected] or by phone at T +718 636 3411.
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