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Media Arts Graduate Program

We prepare agile, independent artists who are ready to succeed as workers, partners, innovators, and entrepreneurs in America's biggest export. Our graduates are driving the next wave of media culture.

M.A. in Media Arts

The M.A. in Media Arts is a 30 credit, two-year program of study in moving image, writing, new media, and media theory. When you begin pursuing your Master of Arts in Media Arts, you'll take the helm of a media art production project. Every course in between puts you at the center of a practical curriculum that is also intellectually challenging. 

You have a creative drive, and you want to turn that into a satisfying career. Our professional facilities have the right equipment to turn those ideas into reality. Our courses inspire you to meet your goals, dig deeper, and go further.

Accelerated Master's Track in Media Arts

If you are a current undergraduate student at USC and have 90 credits and at least a 3.4 GPA, you may be able to take up to 12 credits towards a master's degree while still an undergraduate student. Participating in the accelerated master's program is a separate process from applying to graduate school, and it does not guarantee admission to graduate school. However, accelerated master’s students who apply to graduate school at USC and are accepted are able to start their graduate program in media arts with up to 12 credits already completed. These students complete their graduate coursework earlier, saving time and tuition.

Students who are interested in the accelerated master’s track in media arts should speak to their undergraduate advisor.

Core Faculty

  • Catherine Chi, M.F.A.
  • Northrop Davis, M.F.A.
  • Chaz Evans, M.F.A.
  • Byeongwon Ha, M.F.A., Ph.D. 
  • Laura Kissel, M.F.A.
  • E.B. Landesberg, M.F.A.
  • Carleen Maur, M.F.A.
  • Evan Meaney, M.F.A.
  • Maureen Ryan, Ph.D.
  • Lauren Steimer, Ph.D.
  • Ashley Young, Ph.D.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.