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2014/04/01

Students must complete 46 credits of approved graduate level work including PIMA courses and electives in the departments of Visual Art, Television and Radio, Conservatory Music and the Performing Arts.

Students must maintain a minimum of a B average to earn the PIMA MFA degree.  Coursework includes:

  • Seven required core PIMA M.F.A. courses:
  • PIMA 7010G: Sound, Image, Space, and Performance:
 Interactive Media Programming I,
30 hours lecture, 45 hours laboratory, 3 credits
(taken in the first semester).
  • PIMA 7020G: Artistic Process and Contemporary Community: 
Interactive Media Programming II,
30 hours lecture, 45 hours laboratory, 3 credits
(taken in the second semester).
  • PIMA 7030G: Collaborative Interactive Media Performance, 
45 hours lecture, 3 credits
(taken in the third semester)
  • PIMA 7210G: History, Theory, and Criticism, 
45 hours lecture, 3 credits
(taken in the first semester)
  • PIMA 7220G: Teaching Practicum, 
30 hours lecture, 45 hours practical teaching, 3 credits
(taken in the second or fourth semester)
  • PIMA 7230G: Thesis Seminar I, 
45 hours lecture, 3 credits
(taken in the third semester)
  • PIMA 7240G: Thesis Seminar II, 
45 hours lecture, 45 hours independent work, 6 credits (taken in the fourth semester)

Recommended:

First year PIMA students are required to pass two Max/MSP exams as part of their media studies, one at the end of  the first semester and the other at the end of the second semester. For those unfamiliar with the software it is recommended taking:

  • PIMA 7741G: DYNAMIC AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA IN PERFORMANCE I, 30 Hours lecture, 30 Hours laboratory, 3 Credits (taken in the first semester).
  • PIMA 7742G: DYNAMIC AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA IN PERFORMANCE II, 30 Hours lecture, 30 Hours laboratory, 3 Credits (taken in the second semester).
  • Four required credits of participation in the experimental performance ensemble, taken in the first two semesters: 
    • PIMA 7321G, 7322G: Experimental Performance Ensemble and Composition,
30 hours rehearsal plus independent work, 2 credits.
  • Three credits of independent projects in areas such as: video design, video systems design, sound design, sound system design, software design, interface design, sensor building, sound editing, and music for video. Pursued in cooperation with student or professional projects, on or off campus:
  • PIMA 7110G – Independent Projects – 1 credit
  • PIMA 7120G – Independent Projects – 2 credits
  • PIMA 7130G – Independent Projects – 3 credits
    • In the event that a student’s work does not lend itself to independent projects, the student may, with permission of the Program Director, take an additional 3-credit elective course (see below), or up to three additional experimental performance ensemble credits in place of independent projects.
  • Fifteen credits of additional electives chosen from any of the following:
    • PIMA 7040G: Independent Investigations in Interactive Media
, 45 hours lecture, Independent studies, mentored by faculty, 3 credits.
    • Courses currently offered by participating departments and colleges (i.e. Art, Computer and Information Science, Music, Television and Radio, Theater, Hunter College’s IMA program, etc.) and designated as Interactive Arts electives. A list of available courses is published each semester.
    • Graduate-level special topics courses which are appropriate as electives will be structured to integrate with the Interactive Arts curriculum:
    • PIMA 7990G: SPECIAL TOPICS IN PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTIVE MEDIA, such as Professionalization for the Performing Arts: The Business of Self-Producing. 30 hours lecture, 15 hours independent work, 3 credits.
    • No more than three credits of additional independent projects (PIMA 7110GPIMA 7130G, see above).
    • No more than six additional credits of Experimental Performance Ensemble.
      • PIMA 7311G, 7312G — Experimental Performance Ensemble 
30 hours rehearsal, 1 credit or
      • PIMA 7321G, 7322G — Experimental Performance Ensemble and Composition
30 hours rehearsal plus independent work, 2 credits.
    • PIMA 7331G, 7332G — Experimental Performance Ensemble Direction,
30 hours rehearsal plus ensemble direction, 3 credits
(currently not offered).

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