As published here by Claire Berlin:
The Ohio University Scripps College of Communication’s new MFA (Master of Fine Arts) degree in communication media arts has been approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey. This terminal degree, geared towards communication professionals, blends creativity, knowledge and professional practice.
“Not only is this a new degree program for Ohio University, it’s bleeding-edge in the state of Ohio,” said Eric Williams, MFA program director and associate professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies. “We’re combining media arts practices with communication theory to attract high-level, mid-career professionals who want to expand their creative expertise through three years of deep study in the Scripps College of Communication and the College of Fine Arts. Faculty in these two colleges have created an unprecedented educational opportunity by working together.”
A unique partnership between the Scripps College of Communication’s School of Media Arts & Studies and the School of Visual Communication and additional collaboration with the College of Fine Arts’ School of Art + Design ensure personalized attention from more than four dozen dedicated, world-class faculty and visiting professionals. The MFA in communication media arts will promote development of modern production skills through a customized plan of coursework and an environment that fosters innovation and experiential learning for each student.
“The unique structure of the MFA program will allow it to serve as a bridge between two schools in our college as well as another college on campus,” said Dean Scott Titsworth. “As we developed the program, meetings with faculty from the schools of Media Arts & Studies and Visual Communication and the College of Fine Arts were both engaging and forward-thinking. As these faculty continue to collaborate, I have every reason to believe that Ohio University will emerge as one of the most innovative and successful MFA options available to prospective students.”
The primary focus of the program is to create an environment where students can dive deeply into communication media arts through hands-on, real-world projects that emphasize teamwork, cross-platform collaborations and extended creative experiences.
“This cohort is going to learn as much from each other as they will in class,” said Williams. “This program is all about hands-on learning and sharing experiences—both inside and outside of class. Our students should be eating, breathing and thinking about their creative process all day, every day. Imagine when the program is fully up and running—twenty professionals working together, learning and creating and sharing their knowledge.”
By graduation, students will demonstrate proficiency in at least two of the following areas:
• Audio Recording/Design
• Commercial Photography
• Digital Games
• Documentary Production
• Information Graphics
• Interactive Media
• Music Production
• Virtual and/or Augmented Reality
• Web/Print Design
“What’s really exciting, is that the graduate students in this program will be professionals themselves,” said Williams. “Imagine being mid-career and going back to school with fifteen years of experience as a photographer for National Geographic. Now envision looking around the room at your colleagues: one, an award-winning documentarian wanting to branch out into interactive media and animation; another, an entrepreneurial app designer wanting sharper skills in data visualization and sound reproduction; the person sitting across from you is an audio expert who wants to learn fashion photography and layout design; the professional web developer behind you wants to now conquer virtual reality. It’ll be a creative nirvana.”
The college anticipates an August 2017 launch date for the first program cohort, which will admit approximately 5-8 students the first year. Students will be required to complete 90 hours of coursework for the program, synthesizing two production areas with a cognate area outside of production. The time to completion for this program is three years: two years of classes and one year of thesis work. Deadlines for domestic and international applications is Feb. 1, 2017.
Prospective students are encouraged to contact the MFA program directly. Questions can be addressed to Eric Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Scripps College of Communication MFA program or to apply please visit: https://www.ohio.edu/scrippscollege/mfa.