Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice, Master of Fine Arts

Fall Admissions Deadline: March 1st

The Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice [DIAP]  is a unique art MFA program in which students engage with diverse cross-disciplinary and digital media art practice, movement, performance, dance and other time-based art practices. It is supportive of models of individual and collaborative work and encourages experimentation.

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Current and past DIAP student work has been included in exhibitions at MoMA, Museo el Barrio, Istanbul Biennial, galleries in the US and abroad

Students and alums have received a Guggenheim grant, Harkness Promise Award, MAP Fund Project Grant, NYSCA and NYFA awards, and more

Students and alums have received commissions from Issue Project Room, Smack Mellon, and Socrates Sculpture Park

Collaborated with artists on Governors Island through their WOWHAUS RESIDENCY and conceived the Works on Water Triennial

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Student Info

Successful applicants to the DIAP MFA have had undergraduate degrees in art, graphic design, film, sociology, computer science, architecture, dance, theater and art history. The majority of the students come from NYC and approx one third is from out of state or abroad. Students graduating are pursuing careers as fulltime artists, activists, organizers, designers, administrators, teachers and professors and some choose to pursue a PhD.


Faculty Info

DIAP MFA faculty is comprised of experts in the field of digital and emerging media, reflecting pressing research areas of the Anthropocene.  Faculty in the DIAP MFA Program have shown in major institutions in NYC and worldwide.  Their output and interest ranges from books to essays, VR interactive work and video, performance and activism, code and sculpture, to scholarly publications.

DIAP Curricular innovation

Curricular Innovation

Students in the DIAP MFA will research tools and processes to fit the project, not the reverse. Wherever appropriate to the project, we encourage integration of traditional media or processes and methodologies from dance, biology, comparative literature, computer science, robotics, math, psychology, architecture, or other areas of potential interdisciplinary connection and exploration.This approach is supported by semester long  “workshop theme” or “workshop topic” courses which allow for a deeper study of a skill or concept and which are revised yearly to consider current student’s interests and the greater world outside.


Admissions Facts

*Note: this is a full-time program, non-matric nor PT students are accepted. This program does not admit students in the spring semester.

Total Credits: 60

GRE Required: No

Minimum Language Test Scores: 577 (TOEFL PBT), 90-91 (TOEFL IBT), 7 (IELTS), 61 (PTE), 110 (Duolingo) 

Degree Awarded: M.F.A.

Supporting Documents Required:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Portfolio

What is the value of this degree for the student? 
Students who graduate from DIAP become independent career fine artists, administrators of cultural institutions, designers (graphic, UI and motion/video), art educators (primary, secondary education and academic environments). 

Recent student job placements and/or distinctions: 
Work by current and past DIAP graduate students has been included in major exhibitions at Museo el Barrio, Sao Paulo Biennial, Gwangju Biennial, Istanbul Biennial and were awarded prestigious fellowships and residencies by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC), Smack Mellon, Art Omi, Robert Wilson Foundation, Baryshnikov Art Center, Creative Climate Award First Prize.

Who is the ideal student for this program? 
Great for those with an interest in interdisciplinary approaches. Great for those who are interested in Art & Technology, interactivity, time-based media, movement/performance and stimulating dialogues with peers. Applicants should have a BA, BS, or BFA degree in the fields of computer art, graphic/communication design, video, photography, computer science, theater, dance, architecture or other related degrees in art, media, design or technology. 

Program Advisor: Prof. Hajoe Moderegger

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Last Updated: 12/14/2023 14:39