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Our MFA Program

Program Overview


The MFA in Communication Media Arts is a revolutionary degree designed in response to the rapidly evolving communication field. Students in this three-year program will hone new creative production skills, contextualized through hands-on, collaborative projects in order to graduate professionals who are prepared for the leading edge of industry. 

We seek to enroll individuals with a minimum of three years of professional experience in the communication field who have at least one high-level digital production skill. 

While in the program, each graduate student will add to their current skill(s) by studying at least two of the following areas:

Animation Music Production
Audio Production/Sound Design

Non-fiction Video

Data Visualization and Infographics Photojournalism
Digital Games and Animation Publication Design
Documentary Commercial Photography
Interactive Web Design Virtual and Augmented Reality

Learn more about the Areas of Study.

Cognate Area

Large lecture in Schoonover Hall

Students in this program will declare a Cognate Area outside of their production skills to contextualize their studies and inform their intended career path. Cognate areas might include art history, communication theory, educational technologies, film history, health communication, media studies, sociology, philosophy, public media or a wide variety of humanities areas.


Experiential Learning

Students in experiential learning through Soul of Athens.

Hands-on, experiential projects are a required part of this program. Students must engage in collaborative projects such as grant-funded faculty initiatives, projects through WOUB Public Media, the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, or practicum projects through the Scripps College of Communication or the College of Fine Arts. International experiences and professional externships are also encouraged in this area. Successful completion of at least eight credit hours of Experiential Learning Courses will serve as confirmation that students are prepared for their thesis projects.


Professor Julie Elman teaching design class.

Teaching is an important part of our program, as the process of teaching helps to solidify intent, process and purpose in the creative individual. Opportunities exist to teach online, face-to-face, lecture, laboratory and seminar classes at the undergraduate level. All qualified students will have the ability to serve as teaching assistant and instructor of record during their time in the program, encouraging them to gain teaching experience and guidance so that they may pursue careers in academia.