Master of Fine Arts

The Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) is an incubator; a place where concept precedes medium.

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The Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) is a place where ideas grow into new art forms. SIM art overlaps and intersects disciplines. It is fluid, embracing emerging technologies and experimentation. SIM is project and concept centered and depends on the exchange of experience, knowledge and curiosities of a community of students and faculty. The 60 credit full-time MFA program explores web art and digital distribution; video editing and production; interactive media and computer-controlled installations; dance composition and improvisation; performance art and spoken word; the interrelationship between art and science; technical theater and stage lighting; and sound performance, composition, recording, and editing.

The faculty of the SIM MFA Program are practicing artists in computer-controlled media, video production, Internet art, and electronic music. Advisors work with students to develop an individualized plan of study, helping students develop their own concepts while gaining proficiency in the media needed to realize them: performance art, programming, curatorial, robotics, event production, installation, sound/music, writing, research, animation, and more. Students may also choose a second adjunct advisor from across the college, from other fields (curator, critic, scientist, etc.), or even from other schools (MIT, Harvard) to review work.

SIM graduates are uniquely prepared as self-motivated artists and/or professionals in commercial and non-profit fields. SIM grads have started their own galleries, TV shows, and businesses; worked as non-linear film and sound editors in Hollywood, New York, and Boston (WGBH, ZOOM); as stage crew for theaters in New York City; as web developers for award-winning studios; as educators at Harvard, Stanford, Mills, Carnegie Mellon, and the New England Aquarium; and as practicing, exhibiting, and/or performing artists around the world.

Visiting artists and curators often participate in critiques and studio visits. Recent guests of the SIM program include: Camillo Alvarez, Nayland Blake, Pieranna Cavalchini, Fabio Fernandez, George Fifield, Jamie Lidell, Tristan Lowe, Louisa McCall, Shintaro Miyake, Pat Oleszko, Paul Pfeiffer, Meg Rotzel, Michael Rush, Susan Stoops, Mary Ellen Strom, Carrie Mae Weems, Ean White, and Gale Wight.

Students receive individual studio space and access to a million square feet of fabrication, installation, and exhibition potential. MassArt's facilities are epic in scale: an electronic projects lab, state-of-the-art computer and imaging labs, the largest print studio in New England, one of only five Polroid 20 X 24 cameras in the world, metal and wood fabrication shops, a metal forge and foundry, walk-in ceramic kilns, fiber facilities, hot and cold glass shops, and more. The possibilities are endless.

Interdisciplinary Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Fine Art

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is a two-semester program for students with a BA or BS who wish to develop their portfolio in preparation for admission to an MFA Program. The program may also be of interest to individuals with a BFA who wish to pursue work in a medium different from their undergraduate major; or international students requiring a year of intensive studio work typical of the US educational system before beginning an MFA program. Working with the Graduate Program Coordinator, students choose studio electives from within the department and other media and disciplines as appropriate, as well as independent study projects and History of Art/Critical Studies electives. Although students are encouraged to apply, completion of the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program does not guarantee admission to MassArt's MFA program.

For more information visit the website of MassArt's Graduate Programs.

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