M.F.A. degree program in performance and interactive media arts
HEGIS code 1099
NYS SED program code 31062

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PIMA is a four-semester full-time graduate degree program providing students with training in theoretical, technical and practical experience in the conceptualization and production of collaborative, multi-disciplinary artworks presented in a performance setting. 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 continue in that field after completing the PIMA degree, utilizing the degree for advancement, skills development, or as an entrée into academia. In the second year a major collaborative thesis production is created and presented in a professional venue. The program is a cooperative effort of the Brooklyn College Departments of Art, Computer and Information Science, Film, Television, Radio & Emerging Media, and Theater, and the Conservatory of Music. The faculty is drawn from its contributing departments.

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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.' http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply/documents.php)

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.

1. 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 http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/web/admissions/graduate/apply.php .
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.

Applicants must obtain and file an application form with the program director in addition to the regular college admission application; both are available online.

Selection of applicants will be 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).

A committee chaired by the Program Director will review all applications and make admission decisions based on the criteria stated above.

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

Degree requirements
Students pursuing the M.F.A. will complete a total of 46 credits and a significant thesis production which is a collaboration with at least one other matriculated student.

The following courses are required:
PIMA 7010G, PIMA 7020G, PIMA 7030G, PIMA 7210G, PIMA 7220G, PIMA 7230G, PIMA 7240G, PIMA 7321G, PIMA 7322G, PIMA 7741G, PIMA 7742G.
Three additional credits of independent projects are required, taken under course numbers: PIMA 7110G, PIMA 7120G, PIMA 7130G.
Nine additional credits shall be chosen from selected PIMA elective courses offered by: the PIMA program; the departments of Art, Computer and Information Science, the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, Television, Radio and Emerging Media, Theater; and the Conservatory of Music. Permission of the PIMA director is required

To receive the Master of Fine Arts in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, students will be required to complete the program with a grade point average of 3.00 or better.