November 19, 2015

Accepting applications for IMDA MFA candidates

University of Maryland Baltimore County
Left: Victor Furtado de Mendonça Torres, On, 2015. Cast bronze, sensors, projection, software, vinyl, mylar and mixed media. Right: Meghan Marx, Nameless 50, Nameless 1, and Nameless 1300, all 2015. Arduino, sensors, motors, rubber, projection, 1300 plastic bags, MAX/MSP and mixed media. Installation views from Incidental Matters at the 2015 IMDA MFA exhibition, Maryland Art Place (MAP). Photos: Marlena Demond.

IMDA is now accepting applications for MFA candidates beginning August 2015. We offer students:
–State-of-the-art media facilities
–Teaching opportunities
–High-end research centers
–Financial packages
–Cutting edge curriculum
–Engaged faculty
–Prominent visiting artists program
–Vibrant Baltimore art scene

Applications received by February 1 will receive full consideration towards financial packages:

UMBC’s Intermedia+Digital Arts (IMDA) MFA program invites interdisciplinary artists seeking to expand or reinvent their practice to apply. The IMDA program is committed to art that poses unique conceptual and social challenges, offering an environment that provides artists a studio, teaching opportunities, courses in emerging methods, contemporary art and theory, engaged faculty and high-end research centers that are typical of a Research I university. During their course of study, IMDA students take advantage of Baltimore’s vibrant art scene, airwaves of analog and digital data, and the white walls of the prestigious Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture (CADVC) while pursuing issues such as food justice, the environment, transportation, urban communities, translation, race and gender identity, gift economies, and technology in both intellectual and formal terms.

The most notable outcome of the IMDA MFA program is that graduates are prepared for a lifetime of creative productivity, having acquired the skills, focus, and commitment that will consistently propel their adventurous and personal artistic practices to a new level. IMDA alumni present their work at distinguished museums, galleries, festivals, conferences, and symposia around the world and have garnered long-term support from prestigious granting sources. Many have also successfully pursued gallery representation, run their own galleries and artists’ spaces, worked in the production industry, become academic leaders at some of the most rigorous art academies and universities in the U.S. and abroad, and have been part of the earliest wave of artists to earn doctoral degrees in emerging fields of practice-based arts research, especially in service to digital media.

IMDA offers state-of-the-art media facilities in disciplines resulting in forms that include street interventions, distributed networks, games, installations, performances, sculptural objects, prints, drawings, photographs, videos, interactive pieces, physical computing, digital fabrication, 3D maker output, public displays, and other socially engaged works.

Financial packages include Research Assistantships in teaching and creative work that includes tuition remission, health care and a stipend. Students are also eligible to apply for a variety of internal research and merit-based grants to support their work.

Prominent visiting artists present their work regularly and give one-on-one feedback to graduate students. Past lecturers include: Janine Antoni, Stephanie Barber, Michael Bierut, Zoe Beloff, Catherine Chalmers, Paul Chan, Abigail Child, Annica Cupetelli and Cristobal Mendoza, Paul DeMarinis, Tony Dove, Joanna Drucker, David Dunlap, James Duesing, Hasan Elahi, eteam, Wendy Ewald, Darko Fritz, Dana Hoey, Nina Katchadourian, Larry Miller, Alison Knowles, @rtMark, Guerrilla Girls, Margot Lovejoy, Joseph Nechvatal, Simon Penney, Keith Piper, William Pope.L, Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, David Rokeby, Frances Torres, Mark Tribe, Ted Victoria, Karen Yasinsky, Matmos, Fred Wilson, Martha Wilson and Michael Rakowitz, and The Yes Men.

Applications received by February 1 will receive full consideration towards financial packages:

For more information:
Contact: [email protected] for more information or a tour of our facilities.


Accepting applications for IMDA MFA candidates beginning August 2015 at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

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