Electronic Integrated Arts

A Master's program embracing emerging technologies

The MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts provides an interdisciplinary context in which to explore interrelationships between emerging forms of electronic and digital technologies. Areas of study include print media, integrative design, video arts, sonic arts and interactive arts. The objective of the Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) is to prepare you for a career in Electronic Integrated Arts.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Electronic Integrated Arts (MFA)

A minimum of sixty graduate credit hours is required. Reviews of work are scheduled at midterm and at the end of each semester.

  • ART 501 Studio Elective* (outside major concentration)
  • ART 523 Work and Analysis
    This course functions as the primary forum for group dialogue among Electronic Integrated Arts MFA students. Regular group critiques of student work occur during class, allowing for the development of understanding how artwork is produced and the ability to contribute insight to others. The goal is to provide you with a strengthened sense of context from which to proceed as an artist.
  • ART 524 Electronic Strategies (non-time based) & ART 526 Electronic Strategies (time based)
    This course is required of first-year graduate students working in Electronic Integrated Arts. These courses, each taking place in half-semester intervals, are designed to provide you with experience in the unique studios of Expanded Media. Practices including: video, digital/analog sound, print media, fabric printing, digital drawing, interactive art and installation. The courses focus on the impact of digital media and how it functions in constructing personal languages of contemporary electronic art making. Experimentation is extensively explored.
  • ART 525 Advanced Electronic Arts*
    Required each semester for graduate students working in Electronic Integrated Arts. You will register with the Electronic Integrative Arts faculty on an independent study basis. This course is an opportunity for self-generated studio work. During the third and fourth semesters, the primary emphasis of this course will be thesis preparation.
  • ART 671 Written Thesis Preparation-EIA
    The studio is supported by a written thesis report that includes a detailed statement about the work, a technical documentation of materials and processes used and electronic documentation of thesis work. This documentation is archived in the Scholes Library. The course is structured as a seminar with all second year EIA MFA students participating.
  • ART 681 Thesis*
  • ARTH 660 First Year Graduate Seminar
  • ARTH Minimum one Art History/Criticism course

In addition to studio advising and critical reviews of work by the full team of core faculty in Electronic Integrated Art, 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 work in seminars and individually with advisors on a written thesis as a supporting document to their MFA thesis exhibition. Thesis exhibitions are in the School of Art and Design’s Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Robert C. Turner Gallery or an approved alternate site.

Degree requirements include two years of residence and a minimum of sixty graduate credit hours. Critical reviews of studio work and evaluation of progress in the program are scheduled at midterm and the end of each semester.

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 their art practice. When submitting the portfolio to Slideroom be sure to indicate the program for which you are applying and provide appropriate portfolio.

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. 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 in Electronic Integrated Art 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 $7,000 for the academic year.

Graduate teaching assistants are intended to support the graduate candidate by providing first-hand experience in academic teaching and experience in the oversight of a large and complex facility. 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.

The Division of Expanded Media supports the multidisciplinary mission of the School of Art and Design by providing an integrative, creative and professional approach to art making using the tools and technologies of print media, video arts, integrative design, sonic art, interactive art and generative art. You will explore both traditional and emerging technologies and synthesize personal understandings between the two.

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