The PIMA M.F.A. emphasizes collaborative, cross-disciplinary artistic production. While there is much space for individual effort and individual expression within the curriculum, the production projects completed in the required PIMA courses will all be collaborative in nature. For the purposes of this program, collaboration is defined as the act of working together with one or more people in the creation of an artistic product. The hope is that this working together will also be collective, or shared equally by all members of the group, and, as much as possible, non-hierarchical, or having no formal ranking among group members.

The Nature of PIMA Collaborative Groups
Collaborative groups for PIMA 7010-7030 projects will have certain characteristics:

  • They will consist, minimally, of two or more matriculated students currently enrolled in the same required PIMA course (in most cases, this means two or more students who entered the program in the same semester).

  • They will represent two or more broad artistic disciplines within the collaborative group (e.g. Music and Theatre).

  • They may include, without any special permissions, collaborators from another PIMA sequence who are currently enrolled in the program and taking classes (e.g. two incoming students in PIMA 7010 and two outgoing students in PIMA 7030 may wish to collaborate in a fall semester; this collaboration would require no special permissions).

  • They may include, with permission of the director, collaborators not matriculated in the program. These outside collaborators will have a brief interview with the program director and the faculty member supervising the production work for the semester. Following the interview and the approval of the program director, a brief discussion between the collaborative group, the program director, and the supervising faculty member will need to be arranged before such a collaborative group can begin work.

  • There will be at least two collaborative groups formed for every six students in a required class.


Working with Outside Collaborators
Outside collaborators (collaborators not matriculated in the program) may work with their PIMA collaborative group on and off campus. They will need to sign in as visitors each time they visit the campus. They will not have 24-hour access to the campus, and so will have to leave campus by 11:00 PM Monday-Thursday, and by 6:00 PM Friday-Sunday. Certain limitations and requirements will apply to outside collaborators.

  • Outside collaborators will need to file a contact information form with the program director (this can be done at the interview).

  • Outside collaborators may not use the technology housed in any Brooklyn College facilities.

  • Outside collaborators may not operate any equipment signed out from Brooklyn College departments; however they may operate equipment signed out from the PIMA program with permission of the director.

  • Outside collaborators may not reserve time in any Brooklyn College facility, nor reserve Brooklyn College equipment for sign-out.

  • Outside collaborators may not be in any Brooklyn College facility without being accompanied by a matriculated PIMA student.