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Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 
Graduate Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrated Media Arts - MFA

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Since its inception in 2002, the IMA Program has offered talented students a media arts education based on a paradigm shift that brings together the traditional fields of documentary film production with emerging areas of new media arts. The IMA Program educates multi-disciplinary, socially engaged media makers in a diverse range of skills across the media landscape. Working with accomplished faculty from film, video and emerging media backgrounds, students learn to conceptualize, create and distribute innovative, politically and socially engaged expression using contemporary media technologies.

The IMA Program offers a 48-credit course of study, combining analytical seminars, interdisciplinary research, and creative workshops in writing, visual communication, and media production, and culminating in an advanced thesis project and paper. Student work in the program has included single channel documentaries, interactive websites, handmade electro-mechanical devices, public exhibitions, interactive installations, transmedia narratives, live performances, and rich media for the expanding spectrum of screen based platforms. Building on a foundation of research and analysis, IMA students explore and create new ways to advance information and ideas, balancing critical thinking with aesthetics, contemporary issues with an historical perspective, theory with practice, and traditional methods with new technologies.

Admissions Requirements

Students are accepted into the program for fall semester enrollment only. February 1st is the closing date for completed fall applications. The IMA Program is highly selective, enrolling approximately 15 students each year. Applicants are expected to present the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • 3 letters of recommendation from people able to comment on an applicant’s creative and academic talent and determination.

  • A portfolio of media works, indicating talent and promise. Submitted works may include videos and films, interactive digital design, photography, sound, graphic design, journalistic writings, etc.

  • A project summary describing a new, non-fiction media project that an applicant could envision making in the IMA MFA Program.  Summary should explore creative tools, approach, and form for imagined work that could be developed in an IMA course.
  • A personal statement describing the applicant’s long-term objectives as a media maker and the social impact they hope their work will have. Statements should also explain why Hunter’s MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts is particularly relevant to the applicant’s creative goals.

  • An official transcript of undergraduate studies.

  • A completed graduate application form

  • Applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of Written English (TWE) component of the TOEFL examination.
  • Applications reviewed on a rolling basis - through April 1.

For more information see the IMA Program Admission Guidelines http://ima-mfa.hunter.cuny.edu/ima-admissions-guidelines/

Degree Requirements

The 48-credit degree consists of 27 required credits (9 courses), 21 elective credits (7 courses), and several non-credit requirements.


21 elective credits (7 courses) drawn from advanced IMA course offerings with graduate adviser approval required.

Courses in Integrated Media Arts  

Special Topics courses are listed on the IMA MFA Program website (http://ima-mfa.hunter.cuny.edu/current-courses/), including the following:

IMA 78020 Media and Policy in the Digital Age, 3 cr
IMA 78024 Psychogeography, 3 cr
IMA 78032 New Currents in Documentary, 3 cr
IMA 78034 Public Health and Documentary, 3 cr
IMA 780xx Rights and Revisions, 3 cr
IMA 780xx Sound Fields, 3 cr
IMA 78083 Anti-Documentary, 3 cr
IMA 78093 Hybrid Documentary, 3 cr
IMA 78094 Color Aesthetics, Theory, Practice, 3 cr

Additional Tools and Technology Workshops are listed on the IMA MFA Program website (http://ima-mfa.hunter.cuny.edu/current-courses/), including the following:

IMA 78304 Mutable Narrative. 1 cr
IMA 78305 Radicalizing the Local: A Workshop in Activist Public Art. 1 cr
IMA 78306 Taking a Documentary Detour, 1 cr

Students must complete the following non-credit requirements

Collaborative Residency: Students are required to complete a Collaborative Residency, which can be an in-house project or external creative residency that must be defined in conjunction with the graduate adviser and must involve collaboration among different media makers. For more information see the IMA Program Guidelines.

Critique Sessions: Students must pass two critique sessions in order to begin work on the Thesis Project. Students who do not pass either the First or Second Critique after three attempts must withdraw from the IMA Program. For more information see the IMA Program Guidelines.

Thesis Requirements: To graduate, students have a maximum of two years to complete the creative component of the Thesis Project, present this project to a panel of three advisors in a Thesis Defense, submit a Thesis Paper that is approved by the Primary Thesis Advisor and conforms to the College’s guidelines for Master’s Theses in Arts & Sciences, and exhibit the Thesis Project in the IMA Program’s Thesis Show. For more information see the IMA Program Guidelines.

Total for MFA in IMA 48 credits


  1. Students must fulfill all degree requirements within five years of matriculating.
  2. Non-matriculated students require permission of the IMA Program Director and the instructor for enrollment in any IMA course.

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