Media Arts | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Media Arts

Practice Poetic Media


The Media Arts major simultaneously takes a focused and expansive view of the media arts field. It fosters students investigation across a wide field of media study while supporting dynamic media practices. Students gain critical understanding of the media field at large and how contemporary practices expand and challenge media divisions. Students develop interdisciplinary skills in image capture, time based media, interactivity, research strategy, and critical analysis. 

Media Arts students choose a concentration in Art and Technology, Filmmaking, or Photography

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As a Media Arts major, you will: 

  • Understand the wide field of media study by exploring media practices and their cross-disciplinary approaches through the concentrations of Art and Technology, Filmmaking, and Photography. 
  • Explore ideas and develop an artistic voice through research and experimentation. 
  • Investigate core concepts and practices within the media arts field through discipline-specific and interdisciplinary methods such as image capture, time-based media, sound, interactivity, editing, and storytelling.
  • Develop an understanding of contemporary and traditional media arts theory, history, and practice with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Gain skills in research strategy and critical analysis through the evaluation, interpretation, and critique of one’s work and the work of others.
  • Acquire skills and knowledge to support a professional, creative life in your chosen field, including writing, exhibition of work, and communication skills.
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Class Highlights

The Media Arts major allows students to learn interdisciplinary critical thinking skills through focused coursework. 

  • Interdisciplinary Studio 1: Hybrid Media Practices 
  • Coding Concepts 2: Networks, Simulation and Evolution
  • Performing Mixed Reality
  • Narrative Filmmaking
  • Editing and Postproduction
  • Experimental Filmmaking 
  • Expanded Processes: Photography
  • Photographic Systems
  • Studio and Set

After MCAD

The flexibility of the degree allows graduates to be skilled for many career opportunities. Careers might include: 

  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Media Artist
  • Software Developer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Game Developer
  • Cinematographer
  • Documentary Filmmaker
  • Film Editor 
  • Sound Designer
  • Fine Art Photographer 
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Editorial Photographer
  • Social Media Specialist

“I was excited about the way that digital and physical space could be altered to encourage viewer dialogue” –Candice Davis '18, Media Arts Major Graduate