The MFA Program in Media Arts offers a rigorous environment for the sustained exploration of contemporary arts practice in the context of media and technology. Through technical and critical seminars, group critiques, and individual tutorials with faculty, each student is challenged to question conventional ideas about art, technology, and new media while developing a critical awareness about their own work.
Located within UCLA’s prestigious School of the Arts and Architecture, students have the opportunity to work closely with the the department’s world-renowned faculty Rebecca Allen, Steve Anderson, Johanna Drucker, Isla Hansen, Erkki Huhtamo, Willem Henri Lucas, Peter Lunenfeld, Lauren McCarthy, Chandler McWilliams, Rebeca Méndez, Christian Moeller, Casey Reas, Ramesh Srinivasan, Jennifer Steinkamp, Eddo Stern, and Victoria Vesna while taking full advantage of the resources UCLA provides as a leading research university.
Each year the department hosts a lecture series featuring a diverse selection of international artists, thinkers, and performers. The 2018-2019 lecture series includes Juliana Huxtable, Andrea Polli, Lars Müller, Nathalie Lawhead, Astra Taylor, Gelare Khoshgozaran, and Ronen Sharabani.
Students are offered robust financial aid packages, paid teaching and research assistantships, and access to numerous grants and fellowships. Other resources include 24-hour access to a state-of-the-art shop and digital fabrication lab, the UCLA Game Lab, the Art|Sci Center, the CounterForce Lab, and the UCLA Arts Conditional Studio.
UCLA is especially seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or fields of study, that may challenge the conception of “media artist”.