All of us here at Kvibe Productions are proud to announce that nearby New Jersey City University has recently introduced a brand new graduate program geared specifically toward independent media artists called IMAP: Masters of Fine Arts in Integrated Media Production.
Several members of the Kvibe team got their start at NJCU, so we know what the institution has to offer and the new 2-year, full-time MFA program was designed to create a vibrant forum for contemporary artists working with all kinds of media.
The reason we and the program creators over at NJCU believe a program like this is so important is because, historically, an artist’s work was essentially defined by the medium of choice, whether he or she was an installation artist, a filmmaker, a video artist, a new media artist, etc.
But now, the emergence of the internet and various social apps has rendered those medium-based distinctions obsolete and IMAP is all about understanding the past of media arts and bravely embracing these new technologies so that artists can produce work that transcends platforms and genres.
The program creators’ hope is that IMAP will function as a place where film, video, animation, computer-centered work, and both internet and post-internet art can come together in a nurturing environment, with facilities and instruction available in all fields.
As far as applicants, the IMAP program is looking for people with BA or BFA degrees in the fields of media art, art, graphic/communication design, video, photography, film, animation, new media, and architecture or with related degrees in art, media, or design. Applicants who don’t have traditional studio arts degrees but have related field experience will also be considered.
Entry is based on portfolio evaluation and the application deadline was recently extended to May 1st, so, if this field of study interests you, get on it! Why?
First off, the university’s Media Arts Department houses a full color, broadcast-quality television studio; digital media labs; radio and audio production facilities; 16mm film production facilities; AVID and Final Cut Pro video editing suites linked by a fiber-channel server; two MAC labs for digital media production; Pro-Tools sound editing suites; 16mm Steenbeck editing suites; a studio/classroom for multi-media production; two large projection/seminar rooms for weekly screenings; and dedicated work areas for MFA students.
From there, the excellent faculty is composed of a team of nationally and internationally recognized artists and filmmakers and the program also offers a distinguished group of visiting artists and speakers. Classes are limited to 10 students and there will be competitive opportunities for internships and college assistantships within the department as well.
MFA students will also have access to all the resources that NJCU’s vibrant campus—located just 30 minutes from downtown Manhattan—and community has to offer, including the Black Maria Film Festival, affordable on and off-campus housing, and a modest tuition with special reduced rates for New York residents.
Like mentioned at the top, several members of the Kvibe Productions team got their start at NJCU, so we can vouch for it. So, if you’re interested in pursuing a graduate degree in media arts, do yourself a favor and head to the IMAP page to learn more or apply, or just visit the NJCU campus and meet with the IMAP faculty. You won’t regret it!
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