Electronic Integrated Arts

A Master's program embracing emerging technologies

The MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts is an interdisciplinary approach to electronic and digital processes. It provides a context in which to explore the relationships between the languages, processes, and forms of emerging electronic/digital technologies with those of painting, printmaking, photography, design, video, and sonic art. The objective of the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) is to prepare individuals for careers in Electronic Integrated Arts.

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Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Degrees

Electronic Integrated Arts (MFA)

Exclusive Program

This two-year program is highly competitive; five Electronic Integrated Arts students are admitted annually. Each accepted MFA candidate is given full tuition funding and a financial stipend, either as a teaching assistant or as an intern, within the Art and Design program.

Outcomes

This MFA program is committed to permeating the shared boundaries between traditional and expanding technologies and is grounded in digital media. Students who complete this program will be prepared to take their place in the world as practicing artists, educators, and leaders who are discovering new spheres of cultural discourse and making significant contributions in the field of emerging digital media practices.

  • ART 501 Studio Elective* (outside major concentration)
  • ART 523 Work and Analysis
  • ART 524 Electronic Strategies (non-time based)
  • ART 525 Advanced Electronic Arts*
  • ART 526 Electronic Strategies (time based)
  • ART 671 Written Thesis Preparation-EIA
  • ART 681 Thesis*
  • ARTH 660 First Year Graduate Seminar
  • ARTH Minimum one Art History/Criticism course

Degree requirements include two years of residence and a minimum of sixty graduate credit hours. Reviews of work are scheduled at midterm and at the end of each semester.

In addition to studio courses, all graduate students take credits in a series of seminars, art history, studio electives, and technical courses relevant to their area of study.

In the second year, students write a thesis and present a MFA thesis exhibition in the School of Art and Design’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Robert C. Turner Gallery, or an approved alternate site.

Applicants for admission should hold the baccalaureate degree with the equivalent of sixty credit hours in studio courses. A portfolio of completed works could be considered the equivalent of some studio courses.

In addition to the transcripts and letters of recommendation required of all students, applicants to the MFA program must present a portfolio showing competency in the appropriate areas. All applicants must conform to the current area specifications as listed.

The School of Art and Design at Alfred University offers graduate study in multiple divisional areas: Ceramic Art, Electronic Integrated Arts, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies (concentration in either glass art or sculpture) and Painting. Applicants should make clear to which MFA program they are applying.

All applications are made through the Graduate Admissions Office and all supporting documents and the portfolio must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office by January 15th of the application year. Only completed applications will be forwarded to the Faculty Review Committee. It is important to clearly indicate which program you want to enter, as documentation and portfolios are only reviewed by the faculty in the specific program indicated on the application form. No applications for January enrollment are considered.

Accepted applicants must make a $200 deposit and return a signed contract as directed in the notification of acceptance or their acceptance becomes void.

In addition to a grant for full tuition waiver for both years of residency in the program, each MFA student is guaranteed an assistantship for every semester of the two-year program. Graduate assistantships consist of three types: a teaching assistantship, a teaching internship, and a facilities coordinator. In all cases, the student receives a stipend of $4,750 for the academic year.

Graduate teaching assistants help faculty members in the performance of their academic duties; a graduate teaching intern teaches one (four credit hour) studio course per semester; and a facilities coordinator works with the division head and technicians to organize and manage studio facilities. All assistants have a commitment of approximately 10 hours/week to meet the requirements of the stipend. Assignments are made in consultation among faculty, students and division chairs at the beginning of each semester.

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