Pratt Institute, USA MFA in Digital Arts and Animation accepting applications for fall 2020
Within the context of new media and networked culture, students in the 60-credit-hour, two-year MFA in Digital Arts at Pratt produce work that is conceptually and technically sophisticated and positioned within a contemporary art discourse. In addition to their participation in departmental and campus wide events, DDA students are proactive in working with outside galleries and institutions to mount exhibitions and hold lectures and performances.
Pratt Institute is ranked #2 for animation on the East Coast, seventh among private schools and colleges, and #8 in the nation by Animation Career Review. It is ranked among the top design schools by BusinessWeek and fifth in the world for art and design out of 50 colleges by QS World University Rankings by Subject.
A rigorous concentration on professional practices leads graduates to advanced work in a variety of creative new media fields. Students, faculty and alumni have been represented in major national and international galleries, museums, festivals and conferences, such as Bitforms Gallery, Postmasters, and Arts Electronica; and they have received numerous awards, including Guggenheim Fellowships, New York Foundation for the Arts grants, Banff residencies, Academy Awards, Fulbright Awards, Aaron Siskind Fellowships, Emmy Awards, Eyebeam Fellowships, New York State Council Grants, Adobe Guru awards and SIGGRAPH Awards.
Domestic and international artists come together to study within the concentrations of interactive arts, digital animation/motion arts, and digital imaging.
When applying, students choose a specific concentration and begin their study within cohort groups, however outcomes from each concentration are broad and diverse.
–The Interactive Arts program offers students curriculum covering a vast array of topics including physical computing, augmented reality, interactive installation, virtual reality, performance, and iOS application development.
–The Digital Imaging curriculum provides a platform for students to produce artworks that span bits to atoms, including 3D printed sculptures, electronic books, installation art and multi-application compositing.
–Digital Animation and Motion Arts students create work from storyboarding to post-production that ranges from screen-based animation to time-based installations.
In all concentrations students develop skills in programming and 3D modeling while concurrently contextualizing their practice through intensive courses in critical New Media theory. Throughout their studies, students work with the departments’ internship coordinator to explore opportunities, for academic credit, at studios, galleries, arts institutions and companies in the metropolitan New York area. Past DDA students have interned at Bitforms Gallery, Blue Sky Studios, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, The Mill, Psyop, Transfer Gallery, R/Greenberg Associates and many more.
Located in Myrtle Hall, a new state of the art facility on the Northern tip of Pratt Institute’s 25 acre Brooklyn campus, students in the graduate Digital Arts program are fully immersed in the creation of artwork informed by and utilizing technologies of the digital age.
Applying: View admissions requirements
Scholarships: Graduate scholarships are available to incoming domestic and international students based on merit.