Advanced certificate program in performance and interactive media arts
HEGIS code 1004
NYS SED program code 27812

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PIMA is a three-semester, part-time, non-degree advanced certificate program providing students with training in theoretical, technical, and practical experience in the conceptualization and production of collaborative, multi-disciplinary artworks presented in performance settings. Specifically, students learn to use technology as a means of extending their personal artistic practice and facilitating cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations. Students with diverse academic, artistic, professional, and cultural backgrounds enter the program and work in collaborative groups throughout the course of study, with close mentoring by faculty members. Most students come to the program with an established career or career goal in an arts field, and generally seek to continue in that field after completing the certificate, utilizing the program for advancement and skills development. The advanced certificate is primarily intended for students already holding the highest degree available in an art-related field who wish to supplement their studies, or students who wish to continue their studies without making the time commitment required by a full-time program, such as the PIMA M.F.A. All applicants holding a graduate or undergraduate degree, however, are welcome. The program is a cooperative effort of the Brooklyn College Departments of Art, Computer and Information Science, Film, Television, Radio & Emerging Media, and Theater. The faculty is drawn from all its contributing departments.

Program Heads

Office Hours
Grubbs, David Program Head 718 951 5000 x1188 505s Whitehead Hall dgrubbs @ Email for appointments


Admission Requirements

Department Performance and Interactive Media Arts
Fall Application Deadline July 15th - Applications accepted on a rolling basis until all places are filled.
Spring Application Deadline The program does not accept applications for Spring
Supporting Documents for Matriculation:
Submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

1. Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (applicants who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States need to submit a 'Course by Course International Transcript Evaluation.'

2. Two letters of recommendation.

3. Supplemental program application form

4. Resume

5. Portfolio to Program Advisor, Room 304 Whitehead Hall.

The same requirements apply to non-degree applicants.


I. F-1 or J-1 international students must submit English Proficiency Exam. TOEFL- 79, IELTS- 6.5, PTE- 58-63, Duolingo 105-160.

Refer to instructions at .
TOEFL (paper, computer, internet) N/A, N/A, N/A


Matriculation Requirements
Applicants must offer a graduate or undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university completed with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Applicants must also offer a portfolio of creative work (which may consist of work in any medium, including computer software), letters of recommendation, and TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test or 79 on the internet-based test, if required. An interview with a member of the selection committee is strongly recommended. Matriculation is contingent upon admission to Brooklyn College.

Applicants must obtain and file an application form with the program director in addition to the regular college admission form.

Selection of applicants is based on a faculty committee review of the following: the applicant's creative portfolio, evidence of the applicant's interest in collaborative creative production, letters of reference indicating significant artistic promise, artistic background and experience, and the applicant's interview (if conducted).

Students should note additional requirements found in the sections "Graduate Admission" and "Academic Regulations and Procedures."

Certificate Requirements
Eighteen credits are required for this certificate. The following courses are required: PIMA 7010G, PIMA 7020G, PIMA 7030G.

Nine additional credits shall be chosen from selected PIMA elective courses offered by the PIMA program; the Departments of Art, Computer and Information Science, Television, Radio and Emerging Media, and Theater; and the Conservatory of Music. Permission of the PIMA director is required.

To receive the Advanced Certificate in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, students will be required to complete the program with a grade point average of 3.00 or better and have completed no more than three credits (one course) with a grade less than B.