Media Arts and Practice (MA+P) is an interdisciplinary program for artists, storytellers and critical thinkers who want to harness the power of digital media to make the world a better place. Our students are part of a dynamic and close-knit community of designers, technologists and activists who work to create media experiences that are innovative and meaningful.
The MA+P undergraduate major combines hands-on production of digital art with critical study, experimentation and research. Students learn to create experiences across a variety of different media platforms, while also studying the history and theory of these diverse technologies to better understand how they can impact our culture.
The MA+P curriculum focuses heavily on the potential of media, art and technology as tools for changemaking and social impact. Students are challenged to create experiences that address the changes that they seek in the world, and the issues about which they are most passionate. Students are also encouraged to explore the emerging genres that are inspiring and influencing the creative industries of the future.
Bachelor of Arts, Media Arts and Practice
Minor, New Media and Social Change
What can you expect to learn in MA+P?
MA+P students are creative, inventive people who share strong critical thinking and reasoning skills, as well as a desire to explore new tools and platforms. They are interested in all aspects of media design and digital storytelling; many are also interested in using media to create positive change.
MA+P students are media savvy; they enjoy experimenting with video editing, web design and graphic design software. Those who do not have previous digital media experience are gifted visual artists and/or creative writers. What all of these students share is an excitement about the creative potential of emerging technologies, especially with regard to storytelling and narrative design.
The card set thematically designed to illustrate the unique culture shared by by Hawaii locals.
Media Culture Manifesto
A stop motion manifesto made as a reflection of trying to escape repeating systems of life.
Upon graduation, our students go on to become media designers and producers, digital artists, visual strategists, creative technologists or researchers in emergent technologies. They may choose to work in the entertainment industry (film and game production), the design industry (advertising and creative agencies) or the tech industry (product and user experience design). Some students may even become gallery artists or media scholars. In all cases, they are changemakers – they seek to change these industries through dynamic experimentation, technical innovation, and social and cultural activism.
Examples of jobs from recent MA+P alumni include:
Lead Product Manager | Disney Parks Experiences
Human Interface Designer | Apple
User Experience Designer | NBC Universal
Developer Product Marketing Manager | Google AI
Assistant Technical Director | Walt Disney Animation Studios
Design Technologist | IBM
Product Designer | Facebook
Digital Media Producer | J. Paul Getty Museum
Manager of Technology and Strategy | Capitol Records
VFX Coordinator | New Line Cinema
What makes MA+P an unparalleled environment for creative and scholarly growth?