December 9, 2017

Media Design Practices

ArtCenter College of Design

Clockwise from upper left: students prototyping interactions; Christine Meinders thesis; Different Tomorrows: Beyond Whiteness; students at L.A. arts district; fieldwork at BorderArte; The Algorithm in the Room symposium, Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice.

Media Design Practices (MDP) is an interdisciplinary design MFA preparing designers for our new now.

The new now is a time of constant change: technological transformations, global inequity, and environmental uncertainty. It’s a that world demands new design practices. Designers today must be daring, critical, and engaged in their communities. Are you ready?

With a grounding in media, technology, experimental making, and social practice, MDP graduates are unafraid to use design to question the present. Join our MFA program and use your skills—prototyping and research, creative tech and fieldwork—to take on today’s challenges and envision new futures. Work closely with faculty known for cutting-edge research and multidisciplinary expertise. Investigate emerging media, develop new methodologies, engage with diverse cultures, and surprise yourself by making things the likes of which you have never seen before.

Our alumni go on to become design leaders in every conceivable field: major technology firms, innovative nonprofit organizations, and independent design practices.

Priority deadline is January 15, 2018 for fall 2018 admission to Graduate Media Design Practices.

Anne Burdick, media designer, design critic

Core Faculty
Elizabeth Chin, anthropologist
Sean Donahue, media designer, design researcher
Tim Durfee, architect, editor, curator
Ben Hooker, media designer, media artist
Phil van Allen, interaction designer, technologist

Adjunct Faculty and Guest Critics 2017–18
Mariana Amatullo, Luis Blackaller, Andrew Blauvelt, Stuart Candy, Scott Cazan, Elise Co, Claire Evans, Laura Forlano, Shannon Herbert, John Jennings, Geoff Kaplan, Naima Keith, Kathi Kitner, Norman M. Klein, Jesse Kriss, Mike Manalo, Jane McFadden, Joanne McNeil, Shannon McMullen, Mike Milley, Chelina Odbert, Glenn Phillips, Rasheedah Phillips, Catherine Ramirez, Jenny Rodenhouse, Sara Rich, Jennifer Rider, Molly Wright Steenson, Arden Stern, John Szot, Theo Triantafyllidis, Janet Vertesi, Richard Wheeler, Mimi Zeiger

Degree offered: Master of Fine Arts in Media Design
Students: 40–45
Core Faculty: 5
Adjunct Thesis Advisors: 10
Adjunct Faculty: 18
Guest lecturers per year: 26+
January average highs/lows: 68/48 degrees F

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