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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

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.

This two year, 30 credit program prepares students to pursue media arts in a variety of contexts including independent, commercial, and academic. Students will refine their creative arts practice in one or more of the following areas: moving image, writing, new media, and media theory. Students applying to the program should have academic and/or work experience in a field related to media arts and a portfolio that exhibits a capacity for theoretical, historical, and cultural inquiry.

Courses for Degree
Curriculum and Requirements

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Accelerated Master's Track in Media Arts

Earn graduate degree credit while enrolled as an undergraduate

If you are a current undergraduate student at UofSC 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 UofSC 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.
Byeongwon Ha, M.F.A., Ph.D.
Laura Kissel, M.F.A.
Carleen Maur, M.F.A.
Evan Meaney, M.F.A.
Lauren Steimer, Ph.D.
Jennifer Tarr, M.F.A.
Simon Tarr, M.F.A., Ph.D.

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