The Master of Arts degree in Media Studies is awarded for successful completion of 39 credits. The extensive curriculum and limited number of required courses offer you many ways to design your own path through the program and enable you to sample a wide
variety of subjects and approaches. Many students focus their studies in one or more subject areas, but you are not required to do so to earn the MA. The program is designed to be completed in two years and must be completed within five years.
All students must take two core courses: Media Theory and Media Design. They must also take at least two production courses (practice and project) and one course in research methods. Electives can include selected courses offered by other graduate programs
of The New School. Students in the MA program may also earn the graduate certificate in Media Management throughout their course of study through consultation with an academic advisor.
Students can choose between the thesis and the non-thesis options to complete their degree.
Writing or producing a thesis is an opportunity to crystallize, display, and extend ideas and skills that you have acquired in the program. The thesis project should be a synthesis of your accumulated knowledge throughout the program. A thesis often
serves as a foundation for ongoing creative work or the basis for an article or articles to be submitted for publication. It is evidence of serious scholarship and/or professional production skills when applying for PhD programs or professional
The School of Media Studies holds a thesis information session each spring and fall semester. If you have decided to pursue the thesis track and have already completed 18 credits, it is recommended you attend and plan on submitting your thesis proposal
this semester. If you have questions about submitting a thesis proposal and/or registering for thesis course numbers, contact [email protected].
Students pursuing the Non-Thesis Option must designate and complete a three-credit course in which an advanced individual media project or research paper is produced as their Culminating Experience for the degree. This class should be chosen in consultation with their academic advisor. This class should be taken in one of the last two semesters of their degree and approved by the program director.
The MA in Media Studies is designated a STEM-eligible program under the CIP* code 09.0702 Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia. All students in the
program must take six credits of Digital Technology coursework. These courses can be part of the existing seminar, production, and elective requirements.
This is a list of current courses we offer that count for the Digital Technology
requirement; new courses may be added to it if they qualify.
|NMDS 5268 Social Media: Content, Communication, Culture|
|NMDS 5573 Thinking Small: Compact Media|
|NMDS 5106 Mobile Media|
|NMDS 5246 Digital War|
|NMDS 5027 Interaction Design|
|NMDS 5519 Curating Digital Art|
|NMDS 5145 Theorizing Digital Media|
|NMDS 5302 Digital Dialogues|
|NMDS 5569 Mashup Culture|
|NMDS 5301 Media Infrastructures|
|NMDS 5282 Robots as Media|
|NMDS 5426 Media Practices: Design Principles|
|NMDS 5427 Media Practices: User Experience Design and Prototyping|
|NMDS 5576 Media Practices: Audio|
|NMDS 5444 Media Practices: Programming|
|NMDS 5428 Media Practices: Digital Video Production|
|NMDS 5523 Projects: Digital Video Editing|
|NMDS 5578 Projects: Sound Design|
|NMDS 5557 Projects: Motion Design|
|NMDS 5531 Projects: Digital Experience Design|
|NMDS 5556 Projects: Multisensorial Spaces|
|NMDS 5597 Immersive Narratives in VR/AR|
|NMDS 5432 Digital Filmmaking: Production|
|NMDS 5433 Digital Filmmaking: Post-Production|
|NMDS 5591 Audio Post-Production|
|NMDS 5577 Storytelling Across Media|
|NMDS 5540 Documentary Practice and Emerging Media|
|NMDS 5283 Co-lab: Robot Media Studio|
|NMDS 5517 Transforming Data|
|NMDS 5634 (Un)Coding Video|
|NMDS 5555 Re/Lab: Re-emergent Media|
With special permission, you may take courses outside the School of Media Studies to fulfill your elective requirements. Please contact [email protected] for information on how
to get approval to take elective courses in other colleges.
You can also use your elective courses to complete one of the university's graduate minors, which provide a structured, accessible way to complement your primary course of study with fresh ways of thinking. Your
graduate minor is officially recorded on your transcript.
Students who have significant experience in media design can apply to have this requirement waived by emailing [email protected]. Approval of a requirement waiver fulfills the
degree requirement but does not count toward the total number of credits required for the completion of a degree. It allows a student, in consultation with their advisor, to select another course for the same number of credits to be taken in
lieu of the waived course.
Our online program of study allows you to complete some or all of the requirements for the MA in Media Studies from anywhere in the world. Online-only students are integrated into the Media Studies community through a Web version of our New Student
Orientation and online access to program advisors.
All the required courses for the MA—Media Theory, Media Design, and Research Methods—are offered online. Seminar courses in history, theory, criticism, and management are also offered online; these courses either are online only or mirror on-site
courses. Practice and project courses on the still and moving image, audio, multimedia, and Web-friendly video applications are offered online.
Online-only students can earn credit through internships and assistantships (maximum of 6 credits—3 in production and 3 in research).