Master of Fine Arts in Art Video

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts

Program Description

Master of Fine Arts in Art Video

Syracuse University - College of Visual and Performing Arts

Overview

The master of fine arts (M.F.A.) degree program in art video compresses inclusive media art design with art-making practice. This graduate program encourages exploration of the aesthetic possibilities of the subject, genre, and media technologies from personal points of view.

Students work closely with faculty in developing structure and strategies for making art in video and related media, including mediated performance art, expanded narrative, radical documentary, multichannel and site-specific installation, and moving picture and sonically rich art for digital network intervention and life.

The program is supported by digital video and audio facilities. Production is executed with DSLRs and high-end digital camcorders and necessary peripherals (tripods, mics, lights, etc.). Dedicated lighting and green screen studios are available for production. Post-production is done on state-of-the-art, digital non-linear systems, including a discrete multi-track digital audio studio. HD projectors and flat screens are provided for installations and exhibitions. Analog, linear systems are available for archival research and conservation. We have a comprehensive, international collection of video art available for research and teaching.

The art video program at the M.F.A. level assumes candidates are highly motivated to produce challenging work and are capable of working in a tutorial environment. Financial awards are based on portfolio review, letters of recommendation, and previous experience. Teaching assistantships permit opportunities to establish classroom teaching experience. The production and post-production facilities are staffed by graduate students, affording opportunities to learn successful management of a multi-use, multi-format facilities. Art video M.F.A. degree recipients have typically continued in their field as video artists, multimedia designers, post-production specialists, independent producers, and faculty in another university video, film, and new media programs.

Why our program?

  • Our program is relatively unusual, as it focuses on video art, not on digital multimedia or communications. We have a history and tradition in this area.
  • Our program is small (six to eight students); thus, we pay a lot of attention to our students.
  • Our students are treated as professional artists. They are expected to be critical thinkers and highly productive individuals, making and exhibiting their art while they are here and being role models for our undergraduates and community at large.
  • Our faculty members are internationally known artists who exhibit and write about video art. Their prizes include Canada's Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts and the EMAF Award at the European Media Arts Festival.
  • You can take advantage of global study opportunities for M.F.A. students and engage with an impressive array of nationally and internationally known visiting artists.
  • Syracuse is home to the Everson Museum of Art, which established one of the first video art collections in the United States and today holds the largest video collection in the world.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic VPA alumni.

Facilities

The art video program is housed in Shaffer Art Building, which is home to all programs and facilities in the Department of Transmedia. The program is supported by digital video and audio facilities. Production is executed with DSLRs and high-end digital camcorders and necessary peripherals (tripods, mics, lights, etc.). Dedicated lighting and green screen studios are available for production. Post-production is done on state-of-the-art, digital non-linear systems, including a discrete multi-track digital audio studio. HD projectors and flat screens are provided for installations and exhibitions. Analog, linear systems are available for archival research and conservation. We have a comprehensive, international collection of video art available for research and teaching.

Visiting artists

You will draw inspiration and insight from the resident and visiting artists who come to the art video program and the Department of Transmedia each year. Past visiting artists have included Carolee Schneemann, Dani Leventhal, Astria Suparak, Kurt Hentschlager, Lisa Steele, Igor Vamos, Chrissy Iles, Michael Snow, Bill Viola, Director X, DJ Spooky, and Tanya Mars, among many others.

Curriculum

The art video M.F.A. degree program requires 60 credits. Below are the general program requirements. Refer to Syracuse University’s graduate course catalog for detailed information about this curriculum and our courses.

Program requirements

Major studio: 24 credits
Studio electives: 12 credits
Art history or related academics: 12 credits
Free electives: 6 credits
Graduate seminar: 3 credits
Final presentation: 3 credits

TOTAL CREDITS: 60
LENGTH OF RESIDENCY: 3 YEARS

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated June 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
3 years
Full time
Price
Price
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Deadline
Feb. 15, 2019
Locations
USA - Syracuse, New York
Start date : Sept. 2018
Application deadline Feb. 15, 2019
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Dates
Sept. 2018
USA - Syracuse, New York
Application deadline Feb. 15, 2019
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