Develop a critical art practice in digital and time based media. Use a research perspective to explore the relationship between digital media, art and emerging technologies and earn an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice in New York City.
The CCNY Art Department’s newest graduate art degree program: The MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice [DIAP].
Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted online starting in September, with a March 1st, 2021 admissions deadline.
Competitive tuition based scholarships for 1st and 2nd year students starting Fall 2021.
Possible part-time option for Fall 2021, please inquire about details.
[DIAP] is a research community where students will work both individually and collaboratively on creative projects in, or related to digital and interdisciplinary art.
The [DIAP] MFA is a research-oriented community in which students engage with aspects related to digital media art. The program’s central focus is a utilization and critical engagement of digital media that can lead to research into areas as diverse as interactive sculpture, movement, performance, cyber gender, non-narrative motion graphics, photography, online privacy, online/offline interventions, printing, spatial mapping, drawing, digital cultures, painting or digital fabrication and is supportive of different models of individual or collaborative art practice.
[DIAP] students will explore art and technology with a range of digital tools, but the focus is on the project not the tool.
[DIAP] enables students to choose from the broadest range of digital tools (like video cameras, 3D printers, inkjet and laser printers, DSLR cameras, sound recording, GoPro’s, Drones, computing devices, laser cutter, projection devices, VR, motion capture, …). Projects are conceptually and thematically driven and students will research tools and processes to fit the project, not the reverse. Wherever appropriate to the project, we encourage integration of traditional media or processes and methodologies from dance, biology, comparative literature, computer science, robotics, math, psychology, architecture or other areas of potential interdisciplinary connection and exploration.
[DIAP] students will create projects in a range of Themed and Media Workshops as well as work on longer-term First Year and Thesis projects.
Themed Workshops are subject-focused and might include exploration of information architecture, performance, interactive sculpture, surveillance, socially-based gaming or motion graphics, and can utilize a variety of media.
Media Workshops have a specific medium-based topic, and consist of technical workshops, medium-related exercises, research, and independent and/or collaborative project development. They could include image or sound based recordings, programming for artists, exploration of locative media, kinetics or electronics for artists. Targeted media might include: digital video, animation, image processing, electronics/physical computing, web coding, database or sound.
Past themed and media workshops: “Physical Computing using Arduino, Kinect and Raspberry Pi”, “Writing for Digital Media”, “Performing for the screen”, “Programming for artists”, “Sousveillance”, “objects and non-objects”, “Artist in the Anthropocene: Ecological & Biological Practices in Contemporary Art”, “Projects in Video”, “Collection, Archive, Database”, “Database structures and an introduction to programming”.
Self-motivated work, the ability to research complex technical issues independently, excellent written communication skills, and a commitment to pursuing highly original and critical perspectives related to digital media are crucial for admission to the program.
Cross-disciplinary interests are encouraged: applicants with undergraduate degrees in such diverse disciplines as architecture, biology, computer engineering, dance, geography, mathematics, theater, history or other relevant areas of study who are interested in pursuing their research interests within the context of contemporary art are invited to apply.
[DIAP] Quick Facts:
This website provides an overview of the [DIAP] MFA program, facilities, and faculty. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in scheduling a tour or need additional information.
On Wednesday, May 13th, I’ll present Performance Transfer Protocol, a 30-minute media performance featuring some DIAP MFA alumni and other amazing individuals. I hope to see you there! Topic: Performance Transfer Protocol- a real time remote audiovisual event on ZOOM
on-line exhibition/performance of my latest digital and interdisciplinary arts installation “Spiral Slope.” It will take place at my home gallery, “Haven on Hudson” at 7PM on Tuesday May 12th 2020 via Zoom I look forward to your attendance and discussion
Oren Herschander: Lillian Virginia Mountweazel Research Collection on Facebook Live 05/11/2020 with the video being posted after the stream ends.
DIAP got me thinking in new, non-linear ways about my art and about other people’s work. It’s been a little over a year since I graduated, and many of the research-based components continue to resonate with in my art.
On top of the coursework, the DIAP space is a haven. The tall ceilings and quiet light were a source of calm and reflection for me, especially during the summers, when there were days where I had the entire place to myself. I see the City College campus and facilities as a distinct advantage that the DIAP program has over any other in the NYC area.