University at Buffalo

College of Arts and Sciences

Media Study


408 Capen Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Media Study’s MFA in Media Arts is one of the country’s leading programs in experimental and independent media. As a department and as a community we are committed to producing work that challenges and extends conventional forms and representations. Currently, the department has faculty working in Independent Film and Video, Documentary, Media Archaeology, Public Computational Media (including robotics), Digital Poetics, Locative Media, Critical Spatial Practices, Performance, Story and Games as well as areas yet to receive official designations. This program is most suitable for students whose primary focus is the process of art/media making Ph.D. in Media Study The Department of Media Study’s PhD is one of a small set of doctoral programs in experimental media theory and practice in the United States. This program responds to the rapid development and transformation of media due to advances in information technologies and to the growing number of artist-scholar-researchers working in technology-based art forms. A new community of artist-scholar-researchers has emerged in the spaces between media art practice, the sciences, and the humanities. This work is not easily categorized and often spans disciplines that traditionally have little overlap. Those who wish to operate in this area require a hybrid set of conceptual and technical capabilities. This program is designed to respond to both conditions by creating a framework for practice-led and scholarly research into media arts. Commensurate with the traditional PhD framework, most of the credits are earned in research and independent study. Consequently, students are free to organize their course of study around specific research trajectories. The dissertation combines both written and production components in a proportion and manner appropriate to the student’s area of research. We only require that the conversation between these two components be substantial and original.This Ph.D. is most obviously appropriate for artists who plan to conduct their research in an academic context. But it is equally appropriate for media artists who want to explore the theoretical implications of their work. Or for ‘scholarly’ researches who want to move from the purely discursive to explore the invention of concepts in other media


Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the New York State Board of Regents.

International Student Requirements:

All of the above, plus TOEFL (GRE for the PhD)

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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