MFA: Media Arts (Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM))

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


MassArt will not be accepting applications to the Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM) MFA program at this time. The college has recently undertaken the construction of a new Design and Media Center in the heart of the campus and we feel that a year from now our resources will far exceed what we can offer students during construction. 

While our campus expands, the SIM department continues to make work, teach classes, host events and re-imagine how art, design, culture and technology intersect in meaningful ways. We invite you to stay connected. Please visit us on campus and check our events at

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.

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