Brandeis University

Cultural Production


415 South Street, MS 084

Waltham, MA 02453

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Cultural Production

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Brandeis University's MA in Cultural Production is an innovative, unique interdisciplinary program that integrates rigorous study in cultural theory with hands-on experience in the arts, cultural representation, and social transformation.  The Master of Arts in Cultural Production is centrally concerned with analytical and practical interventions in the making of cultural form, with close attention to democratic co-participation, the pedagogy of the imagination, the social dimensions of artistic practice and the challenges of building sustainable community at home and abroad.
The interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Cultural Production offers study of the production, performance and preservation of cultural forms and practices.

Students choose to focus in one of three areas of concentration:
Cluster 1: Performance:
Object/Body/Place: Courses in performance theory, theater, discursive practice, embodiment, mythopoesis, adornment, and the city as lived text.

Cluster 2: Visuality:
Image/Media/Signs: Courses in comparative experiences of vision, cinema, television, semiotics, digital and other new media, Internet studies, materiality, photography, advertising, and mass communications.

Cluster 3: Memory:
Museum/Preservation/Archives: Courses in historical consciousness, the cultural politics and poetics of museums and memorials, traumatic memory, historiography, artifact conservation, documentation, and archival practice.

The program facilitates the investigation of how historical, expressive, and aesthetic representations are generated, circulated and interpreted in both local and global contexts.  Working closely with faculty mentors, graduate students develop original projects in visuality, museum studies, memory work, and performance.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A variety of loan programs, including the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan and the TERI Continuing Education Loan, may be available to Graduate Professional Studies students who meet this criteria.

Locale: Small City

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