Media Studies (MA)

General

Program Description

The New School is a progressive university in New York City where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Founded in 1919, the university consists of Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research, and numerous renowned graduate programs. The New School’s rigorous, multidimensional approach to education gives students the academic freedom to shape their unique, individual paths of study for a complex and rapidly changing world.

About

The Master of Arts program in Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory, design, and practice with an emphasis on the production of the video, audio, and Web-based media.

Gain experience in creative media making, critical analysis and reflection, and entrepreneurialism and management - guided by a faculty that includes noted filmmakers, researchers, designers, and scholars. Designed to accommodate working students, this flexible program enables you to study full-time or part-time, onsite in New York, or online from anywhere.

Part of the School of Media Studies (SMS) at The New School, the graduate program in Media Studies reflects the university's historical commitment to progressive education, an activist orientation, and the advancement of global perspectives.

Program highlights

  • Gain critical thinking and production skills, develop creative media projects, and acquire professional experience
  • Benefit from a flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum that allows for highly personalized pathways of study across the making, meaning, and management of media
  • Take advantage of internships and networking opportunities in one of the most dynamic media capitals in the world — NYC
  • Study full-time (two years) or part-time, on campus or online
  • Fall or spring start; no GRE required
  • Competitive merit-based scholarships available

Connected to New York City

The New School's location in a world media capital offers you access to internships, new career paths, and diverse academic, cultural, and industry events, organizations, and people. The program regularly schedules networking opportunities with alumni and media professionals in New York City.

Career Paths

Media Studies graduates work in a wide range of fields, including advertising, journalism, TV and radio, online media, media research, social advocacy, and education. Many students launch new careers as filmmakers, designers, and interactive media artists. For students who seek to continue into a Ph.D. program, the MA thesis option provides the opportunity to do original research under the direction of a full-time faculty advisor.

Last updated October 2019

About the School

Discover a new kind of university in New York City, one where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Our university takes full advantage of ... Read More

Discover a new kind of university in New York City, one where scholars, artists, and designers come together to challenge convention and create positive change. Our university takes full advantage of its location in one of the most vibrant and diverse cities in the world. Our colleges include Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, the College of Performing Arts, The New School for Social Research, the Schools of Public Engagement, and Parsons Paris. Read less