DIAP graduate students Searra Sasawan and Zoe Berger testing for a live performance.

Uptown is the new Downtown. Tourists flock to City College of New York’s (CCNY) Neo-Gothic campus to snap photographs of its exterior, unaware of the contemporary art practices within.

Launched recently, the Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) MFA is a research-oriented program where students work in a communal studio to explore aspects of digital media art such as time-based and sound art, interactivity, performance, queer media, and digital activism. Through collaborative and individual art practice, DIAP promotes engagement with other disciplines in the humanities, arts, and sciences, moving beyond the traditional studio environment to stimulate scholarly research while creating an intellectual community of artists interested in cross-disciplinary practice. Housed in a newly remodeled studio space, the DIAP program provides all accepted students with a laptop and 24-hour access to digital fabrication in an enormous space that allows for ongoing conversations, performances, large sculptures, projections, or installations. With a growing reputation for cutting-edge studies, DIAP invites innovative thinkers and artists to apply for Fall 2015 by submitting an application by February 1.

Also contributing to the lively arts culture at CCNY, the MFA in Studio Art attracts exceptional artists to engage in a two-year program of art making. Students in this close-knit community work alongside committed faculty with expertise in a wide range of mediums and approaches to art making to refine their own artistic practices. Individual studio spaces enable students to spend their first year researching new approaches to their artwork and their second year developing a body of work for a solo thesis exhibition at CCNY’s Art Department Gallery. Down the hall, Art History students analyze global perspectives on art and museums with access to outstanding primary sources. And moving beyond the school’s walls, Art Education students engage young people in social justice art education in schools, museums, and community centers across the city.

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