MFA in Digital Arts

MFA in Digital Arts

Pratt Institute

Zoe Li, Comb Machine: The Regulation of Hair, 2020. Mixed media, various dimensions.

November 18, 2021
MFA in Digital Arts

Application deadline: January 5, 2022
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11205

From large-scale installations and interactive objects to whimsical, sometimes gritty animations, MFA students in Digital Arts (STEM) create sophisticated work within the context of art and technology at Pratt Institute.   

Students, faculty and alumni in this 60-credit-hour, two-year MFA program have been represented in major national and international galleries, museums, festivals and conferences, and they have received numerous awards, including Guggenheim Fellowships, New York Foundation for the Arts grants, Banff residencies, Academy Awards, Fulbright Awards, Aaron Siskind Fellowships, Emmys, Eyebeam Fellowships, New York State Council Grants, Adobe Guru awards and SIGGRAPH Awards. Pratt Institute Digital Arts animation program was ranked among the top in the nation by Animation Career Review.

Domestic and international artists come together to study within the concentrations of Interactive Arts and Animation and Motion Arts. MFA Interactive Arts students use a wide array of technology to challenge viewers and explore culture in projects that range from large-scale installations and interactive objects to AR/VR/XR, performance, and iOS applications situated within a fine-arts setting. Studio practice is essential. Interactive arts students are provided with collaborative and individual studio spaces to contemplate and create.

Digital Arts’ students become part of the thriving New York art scene, estab­lish­ing a professional network and taking advantage of exhibition opportunities that exist nowhere else in the country. Graduates become leading contributors to the digital arts with a commitment to the cultural enrichment of their world.

MFA Animation and Motion Arts students use advanced software to create worlds in which distinctive characters tell fanciful stories. From storyboarding to post-production, finished works range from screen-based animation to time-based installations.

Working as independent filmmakers, MFA Animation and Motion Arts students utilize state of the art digital classrooms, green screen room, audio recording facility, render farm, stop-motion facility and Cintiqs to create individual animations.

Digital Arts MFA programs are augmented by internships, spe­cial topics courses, and lectures/critiques by visit­ing artists. Students create work with the guidance of a faculty of professional practicing artists, filmmakers and scholars who serve as models in the pursuit of artistic excellence.

In all concentrations, students develop skills in programming, critique and research within the context of critical new media theory. Throughout their studies, students work with the departments’ internship coordinator to explore opportunities, for academic credit, at studios, galleries, arts institutions and production companies in the metropolitan New York area.

Located in Myrtle Hall, a bespoke art and technology facility on the Northern tip of Pratt Institute’s 25 acre Brooklyn campus, students in the graduate Digital Arts program are fully immersed in the creation of artwork of the digital age.

Applying: View admissions requirements

Scholarships: Graduate scholarships are available to incoming domestic and international students based on merit. 

Visit: To schedule an appointment with the department, contact Pratt’s Department of Digital Arts by email at ddaatc@ or by phone at 718 636 3411. 

Request information: Join Pratt’s mailing list to receive its full-color catalog filled with student work, curricula, and more.

Ranked among the top art and design schools in the world by QS World University Rankings by Subject and among the top design schools in the US by BusinessWeek, Pratt features a distinguished faculty of practicing professionals, a wide variety of highly ranked programs in art, design, architecture, library science, and related fields, and ideally located campuses in Brooklyn (main campus), Manhattan, and Utica, New York (extension campus, PrattMWP).

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