University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Media Arts M.F.A.

Master of Fine Arts - Media Arts


Graduate Studio16
Media Practicum16
Final Portfolio26
Core Research14
Total Hours72

Degree Specific Credits: 72

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • The Master of Fine Arts in Media Arts is a three-year program committed to the growth of storytellers, artists and designers who are working in one or more areas of the digital media arts. These include: documentary and fiction filmmaking, game construction, digital design, sonic art, animation, interactivity and installation work.
  • Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment. Students expand on skill sets they already have while adding new ones. They work on individual projects and collaborate with others. They work to bring a deep foundation of research to their practices as they develop their unique point-of-view and creative voice.
  • The entire program requires the building of a portfolio that includes artistic and academic work assuring that each student is prepared to leave school and enter the professional world of media in the 21st century.
  • Students work on an individual “studio” project each semester, meeting one-on-one with professors, participating in group critique with peers, and refining skills. Simultaneously, students take core classes with their cohort. They also construct a path to other classes within the Art and Media Arts programs and across campus to support their technical and research development.


Classes to be Completed (substitutions allowed based on research needs)
Complete all of the following courses:
MART 578Graduate Studio16
MART 688Media Practicum16
MART 601Final Portfolio Research3
MART 687Final Portfolio I11
MART 699Final Portfolio II12
Core Research
Complete all of the following courses:
MART 500Core Research: Digital Technology in the Arts (Semester 1)4
MART 510Core Research: Narrativity and Experiments in Media (Semester 2)4
ARTZ 507Beyond Art School (Semester 3)3
ARTZ 506Graduate Pedagogy (Semester 4)3
Total Hours72

Minimum Required Grade: C