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Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media

This rigorous 60-credit program is intended to prepare students for careers in the highly competitive and ever-changing fields of Interactive Media. A Masters in Fine Art is a terminal degree in this field. The cornerstone of the MFA program at Becker College is Advanced Game Studio work, in which the student, under the direction of experienced mentors, completes an original interactive media project based on their own personal skill sets and vision.The MFA program may be completed in two years for students who hold a relevant BS/BA degree. Undergraduate students enrolled in Becker College’s Game+ program can obtain both their BA and MFA in five years.

 

Details about Admission Requirements and Portfolio Materials can be found here. For more information about applications and enrollment, contact  graduateadmissions@becker.edu.

Program Highlights:

The Becker College Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media has been designed for recent interactive media graduates seeking to enhance their portfolios or who are interested in a career in higher education; new interactive media professionals seeking career advancement; mid-career computer and/or design professionals interested in changing careers; and Becker College interactive media undergraduate students.

The Master of Fine Arts curriculum has been designed with the following features:

  • The MFA student works with talented and experienced game design artists and developers;
  • The MFA student develops valuable networking relationships with industry professionals;
  • The MFA student has the opportunity to work on and create publishable interactive media properties;
  • The MFA student strengthens existing skill sets in order to advance in a current interactive media position or switch to the interactive media field from a related area;
  • The MFA student works with a faculty advisor/industry mentor;
  • The MFA student can take on role of product owner/art director for an interactive media experience (game, app, or installation) which is developed in the undergraduate Game Studio classes to produce a fully realized artistic experience.
  • The MFA student develops their own unique project from start to finish with the opportunity to showcase their work in a gallery exhibit at the end of their second year.

M.F.A. Candidate Expectations:

The Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media courses are offered in a traditional 15-week format during the fall and spring semesters, with week-long residencies at the start and end of each academic year. All courses for this low residency program are offered to accommodate a one day a week schedule with additional optional studio time available the rest of the week. MFA candidates are expected to:

  1. Successfully complete four semesters of MFA academic courses and studio work including a one week residency per semester. For a total of 48 credits of studio work and 12 credits of academic work.
  2. Complete a thesis project that demonstrates the student's’ understanding of both the technical and aesthetic perspectives of their chosen area of study within the context of the interactive media/video game medium. Students must also demonstrate their ability to carry on a sustained, professional-level project, completely realized in time for a thesis presentation during their final residency.
  3. Participate in four critique/exhibitions (one per semester during residency).

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Becker College MFA in Interactive Media will be prepared to take leadership roles within the interactive media industry and will have achieved the following:

  1. Master the tools, theory and practice associated with their chosen area of interest to develop interactive media for both game and non-game applications.
  2. The critical evaluation of aesthetics, consequences, and value of visual assets and elements.
  3. Work and lead effectively in a team-based, production environment.
  4. Develop and present ideas effectively in written, verbal, and visually compelling ways.
  5. Build a network of professional connections within their chosen industry. Demonstrate effective use of professional practices

More Info:

For more details about the Master of Fine Arts in Interactive Media program including tuition & fees, financial aid, and questions about courses or studio work, contact the MFA Program Director, Assistant Professor Amanda Theinert at 508.373.9743 or email amanda.theinert@becker.edu.

For application and enrollment questions email graduateadmissions@becker.edu.

Becker College has been called “a destination for game designers” by U.S. News and World Report. Becker College, home of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI), has been consistently ranked by The Princeton Review for the past six years as a top undergraduate school to study game design–#4 in the world in 2017; our game design and game development and programming majors are among the most innovative and best in the nation.