Transdisciplinary New Media

Master of Arts /
Master of Fine Arts
in Transdisciplinary New Media

Production of new media is no longer the province of individual artists or designers working by themselves, but rather involves the collaborative practice of multidisciplinary teams.

Designed for those who are interested in exploring the wide-ranging creative field of New Media that goes beyond traditionally defined art and design disciplines, this program employs methods of transdisciplinary practice through collaborative teamwork. Through a shared creative process, students will re-frame their current understanding of different tools, technologies, theories and methods, developing hybrid systems and solutions that go beyond any one discipline.

At PCA, students can complete either a Masters of Art (MA) or a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Transdisciplinary New Media. The first two semesters (fall and spring) of these programs follow a common curriculum. Then, students either go on to complete a full-time summer term to receive the MA degree or continue for two semesters of study in the following academic year (fall and spring) to receive the MFA.

Graduates of both the MA and MFA will go on to apply their skills to collaborative projects in domains as varied as online and traditional publishing, video games, art installations, exhibitions, live performances, web design, interaction/interface design, software development, service design, etc. As well, the MFA, which is considered a terminal degree in this field, will open the doors to teaching opportunities in higher education for our graduates.

The program is open to any applicant who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree (BFA, BA, BSc, BID, BArch, etc.). To encourage this transdisciplinary approach, candidates from varied backgrounds-including art, design, programming, business, literature, philosophy, science, music and theory-are actively encouraged to apply. Because we want to encourage students with varied skill sets and perspectives some students may be required to take preparatory summer undergraduate courses or pre-requisites: applicants without a BFA are required to have at least two semesters of Art or Design History; applicants with non-technical backgrounds will be required to attend a summer or on-line course prior to enrollment to shore up skills that may otherwise be lacking ( Video, Web (HTML, CSS, PHP), and Processing).

Faculty

Klaus Fruchtnis

Klaus Fruchtnis

Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

MA Curriculum

Credits

One-year program

fall

Core Studio 1

Code
MTNM 0501
Description

Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Practice and Technology
Introductory phase: students draw upon their previous knowledge and experience to contribute to the collaborative process. Projects are set to test preconceived ideas and the limits of students understanding. The course emphasizes computer use for artistic creation and research. Overview of image making and time-based media within the broad context of contemporary art, new media art, and mediated culture. During the semester, students will explore digital software and hardware tools, digital artists, art history, and conceptual thinking to develop own skills and create project work culled from these resources.

The course includes a 4-weeks writing workshop, readings and exercises that allow the students to explore their research methods, visual practice and writing practices.

Core Lab 1

Code
MTNM 0502
Description

This course will introduce students to digital design and fabrication techniques within the context of contemporary art and design. The hands-on course will assist students in nurturing the ability to efficiently translate ideas and concepts into digitally produced physical objects. Students will be given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to maintain, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment in a fabrication lab as well as learn what it takes to keep a lab in operation. Students will be given the opportunity to create objects utilizing industrial laser cutters, 3d printers and a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mill. We will consider digital fabrication and its role in the localization and production of global goods and explore its impact on the commodification of the art object. At such early stages of digital fabrication, students can take on great roles in fostering the development of alternative materials, the creation of more efficient digital production as well as the abstraction and deconstruction of the many digital fabrication processes. The class will include 3 assignments to create projects using the three machines (laser, CNC, 3D) and the opportunity to work on a final project.

Core Seminar 1

Code
MTNM 0500
Description

Introduction to Research and Methodology
Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Research and Methodology is a wide field that involves an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic tenets of research in order to support their reasoning with respect to the design process. Foremost, they will learn to formulate a design research problematic; engage in data gathering and analysis; differentiate between primary and secondary research sources; carry out quantitative and qualitative research. Students will be introduced to the basic tenets of design research and methodology supporting data gathering and analysis with respect to quantitative and qualitative research in a design context.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

spring

Core Studio 2

Code
MTNM 0504
Description

Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Practice and Technology
Core studio encourages a questioning collaborative practice. Students are expected to rethink their experience/practice by working through projects designed to test definitions and boundaries between disciplines. New forms of working and thinking will be developed through a consideration of ‘technology’ in its widest sense, from digital-screen-based work to experiential and auditory proposals. Through a shared creative process students will challenge their understanding of different tools and methods, developing hybrid systems and solutions that go beyond any one discipline. Students will engage in critical reflection of their relationship to the group, contextualizing their experience through theories of the collaborative role and situating their emerging practice in relationship to the professional world. Master classes with practitioners who explore the possibilities of multi-media practice will provide students direct access to knowledge and hands-on experience of the most current and challenging ideas.

Core Lab 2

Code
MTNM 0505
Description

Core Lab classes focus on achieving core competency in a wide variety of new media technologies. Closely linked to the Core Studio, students are expected to put into practice the theories and methodologies presented in other Core classes, but the focus is on developing technical skills and a thorough understanding the working processes of each specialization. Technology is defined in the widest sense possible – not just screen-based, digital technology, but also mechanical, chemical, auditory, experiential, etc. – since the hybridization of “low tech” and “high tech” often produce powerful emotional experiences – familiar yet awe-inspiring at the same time.

Each Core Lab class builds on its predecessor, so that over 3 semesters, students have had an opportunity to be introduced to a wide variety of tools and techniques. Every student attempts every technique, not just to appreciate the difficulties of mastering a technology, but to understand the core knowledge that a collaborative expert can bring to the table. Students with high competency in a topic will co-teach that segment, introducing them to the world of education, increasing their understanding of their collaborative contribution/potential, and improving their communication skills.

Core Seminar 2

Code
MTNM 0503
Description

Intermediate Research and Methodology
Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers. The course will cover research in physical human factors; cognitive human factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

Professional Practice Workshop Series

Description

Professionals from the Parisian art and design world will come in to introduce students to their professional practice and engage them in practical exercises preparing them for the job market. Instructors will be drawn from a broad range of fields: photographers and videographers; designer and architects; galleries, museums, auction houses and private collections; art fairs and international exhibitions; art dealers; curators; historians; journalists and iconographers; artists; magazine editors; I.P. and licensing lawyers, etc.

 

MA Degree Project and Thesis

Code
MTNM 0509
Description

Building on the research, critical thinking and writing skills developed in the first semester of the seminar, in the second semester, each student will be responsible for the production of a 20 to 40 page thesis paper and corresponding body of work, culminating in a public exhibition or conference. For their final exhibition, the students will focus on creating a body of work and build a portfolio based on their artistic research, documenting process and their different projects. This is accomplished under the guidance and support of an internal and external thesis committee.

Electives

The Art Of Code 1

Code
MTNM 0550
Description

Coding is no longer only for computer scientists or developers. It is becoming easier than ever thanks to emerging tools in the open source community. This year long course provides an introduction to programming for artists and designers who are willing learn and use it as a form of creative expression. Students will explore generative art, 3D printing, flow based programming, web as a medium in art, data visualization and generative performances. Majority part of the course will be in a lab form where students gain hands-on experience with tools and software. Students are expected to start small projects during the course and finalize them as assignments. Course includes a final project that students will select one work from previous assignments and develop it further.

The Art Of Code 2

Code
MTNM 0551
Description

Coding is no longer only for computer scientists or developers. It is becoming easier than ever thanks to emerging tools in the open source community. This year long course provides an introduction to programming for artists and designers who are willing learn and use it as a form of creative expression. Students will explore generative art, 3D printing, flow based programming, web as a medium in art, data visualization and generative performances. Majority part of the course will be in a lab form where students gain hands-on experience with tools and software. Students are expected to start small projects during the course and finalize them as assignments. Course includes a final project that students will select one work from previous assignments and develop it further.

Digital Fabrication Design

Code
MTNM 0550
Description

The Digital Fabrication Design class will provide students an immersive experience in digital design and fabrication. This course will introduce students to digital design and fabrication techniques within the context of contemporary art and design by giving them hands-on experience in 3D digital modeling, 3D digital scanning, 3D printing, and laser cutting. The course will assist students in nurturing the ability to efficiently translate ideas and concepts into digitally produced physical objects.

Concept Development: Storytelling

Code
MFFP 0508
Description

In this semester-long course students learn to quickly develop and research concepts to tell a story in images and words. The aim is to provide them with the tools, skills and processes that they will need to respond to a client’s brief in a professional and convincing manner. It is open as an elective to students from other departments, since the ability to come up with creative ideas, researching them and then “packaging” them in a compelling verbal and visual story is a key skill for any designer, whether it is to develop a story for a fashion editorial, an accessories line, or the concept for a new restaurant interior. The disciplinary mix of students also serves to prepare them to work within interdisciplinary teams, which is what they will be faced with in the professional world.

Photo 2.0

Description

This course is designed to understand the nature of digital media and its impact on the processes of making and experiencing photography. The course will focus on students’ skills for the ever-expanding possibilities of digital image-making devices and the power of communication through the web. The Internet has changed the way we consider photography, and the medium has undergone remarkable transformations at every level. Why do certain images go viral and what is the message behind it? The overall goal is to achieve quality photographs in a variety of cultural settings and digital devices that reflect the status and the use of today’s image.

Intellectual Property Rights

Code
MFMT 0512
Description

The I.P. course covers issues related to copyright, patents, contracts and liabilities as they apply to art and design. Students will learn about international laws related to copyright and patents and understand how to protect their intellectual property and the best strategies to adopt in different circumstances.

French

Description

Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week for written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. These courses use dialogues, oral exercises, short compositions and literary texts to establish a firm foundation in the language. Students approach everyday life situations in French, while learning the fundamentals of grammar and the complexity of conversation. The intermediate and advanced courses serve as a more sophisticated introduction to French culture and lifestyle and as a means of consolidating grammar and vocabulary.

Overall Credits Total
30

MFA Curriculum

Credits

Year One

fall

Core Studio 1

Code
MTNM 0501
Description

Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Practice and Technology
Introductory phase: students draw upon their previous knowledge and experience to contribute to the collaborative process. Projects are set to test preconceived ideas and the limits of students understanding. The course emphasizes computer use for artistic creation and research. Overview of image making and time-based media within the broad context of contemporary art, new media art, and mediated culture. During the semester, students will explore digital software and hardware tools, digital artists, art history, and conceptual thinking to develop own skills and create project work culled from these resources.

The course includes a 4-weeks writing workshop, readings and exercises that allow the students to explore their research methods, visual practice and writing practices.

Core Lab 1

Code
MTNM 0502
Description

This course will introduce students to digital design and fabrication techniques within the context of contemporary art and design. The hands-on course will assist students in nurturing the ability to efficiently translate ideas and concepts into digitally produced physical objects. Students will be given the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to maintain, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment in a fabrication lab as well as learn what it takes to keep a lab in operation. Students will be given the opportunity to create objects utilizing industrial laser cutters, 3d printers and a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) mill. We will consider digital fabrication and its role in the localization and production of global goods and explore its impact on the commodification of the art object. At such early stages of digital fabrication, students can take on great roles in fostering the development of alternative materials, the creation of more efficient digital production as well as the abstraction and deconstruction of the many digital fabrication processes. The class will include 3 assignments to create projects using the three machines (laser, CNC, 3D) and the opportunity to work on a final project.

Core Seminar 1

Code
MTNM 0500
Description

Introduction to Research and Methodology
Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. Research and Methodology is a wide field that involves an inter- and multi-disciplinary approach. In this course, students will be introduced to the basic tenets of research in order to support their reasoning with respect to the design process. Foremost, they will learn to formulate a design research problematic; engage in data gathering and analysis; differentiate between primary and secondary research sources; carry out quantitative and qualitative research. Students will be introduced to the basic tenets of design research and methodology supporting data gathering and analysis with respect to quantitative and qualitative research in a design context.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings bellow.

spring

Core Studio 2

Code
MTNM 0504
Description

Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Practice and Technology
Core studio encourages a questioning collaborative practice. Students are expected to rethink their experience/practice by working through projects designed to test definitions and boundaries between disciplines. New forms of working and thinking will be developed through a consideration of ‘technology’ in its widest sense, from digital-screen-based work to experiential and auditory proposals. Through a shared creative process students will challenge their understanding of different tools and methods, developing hybrid systems and solutions that go beyond any one discipline. Students will engage in critical reflection of their relationship to the group, contextualizing their experience through theories of the collaborative role and situating their emerging practice in relationship to the professional world. Master classes with practitioners who explore the possibilities of multi-media practice will provide students direct access to knowledge and hands-on experience of the most current and challenging ideas.

Core Lab 2

Code
MTNM 0505
Description

Core Lab classes focus on achieving core competency in a wide variety of new media technologies. Closely linked to the Core Studio, students are expected to put into practice the theories and methodologies presented in other Core classes, but the focus is on developing technical skills and a thorough understanding the working processes of each specialization. Technology is defined in the widest sense possible – not just screen-based, digital technology, but also mechanical, chemical, auditory, experiential, etc. – since the hybridization of “low tech” and “high tech” often produce powerful emotional experiences – familiar yet awe-inspiring at the same time.

Each Core Lab class builds on its predecessor, so that over 3 semesters, students have had an opportunity to be introduced to a wide variety of tools and techniques. Every student attempts every technique, not just to appreciate the difficulties of mastering a technology, but to understand the core knowledge that a collaborative expert can bring to the table. Students with high competency in a topic will co-teach that segment, introducing them to the world of education, increasing their understanding of their collaborative contribution/potential, and improving their communication skills.

Core Seminar 2

Code
MTNM 0503
Description

Intermediate Research and Methodology
Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers. The course will cover research in physical human factors; cognitive human factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

Professional Practice Workshop Series

Description

Professionals from the Parisian art and design world will come in to introduce students to their professional practice and engage them in practical exercises preparing them for the job market. Instructors will be drawn from a broad range of fields: photographers and videographers; designer and architects; galleries, museums, auction houses and private collections; art fairs and international exhibitions; art dealers; curators; historians; journalists and iconographers; artists; magazine editors; I.P. and licensing lawyers, etc.

 

Masters Electives

Description

You may select an elective from the many course offerings bellow.

Year Two

fall

Core Seminar 3

Code
MTNM 0506
Description

Advanced Research and Methodology
Core seminars provide introductory-to-advanced-level research and methodology instruction, covering topics from art and design theory to the use of technology. This course focuses in depth on various research methods currently used to inform the design process. It builds on knowledge and skills acquired in the first semester to introduce students to specific research methods for designers. The course will cover research in physical human factors; cognitive human factors; cultural human factors; and ethnographic fieldwork. Students will learn how to apply these methods to the design process through hands-on projects requiring a multidisciplinary approach.

Core Lab 3

Code
MTNM 0508
Description

Advanced phase: students are introduced to iterative design processes, pervasive application programming, clusters and peripherals. Each Core Lab class builds on its predecessor, so that over 3 semesters, students have had an opportunity to be introduced to a wide variety of tools and techniques. Every student attempts every technique, not just to appreciate the difficulties of mastering a technology, but also to understand the core knowledge that a collaborative expert can bring to the table. Students with high competency in a topic will co-teach that segment, introducing them to the world of education, increasing their understanding of their collaborative contribution/potential, and improving their communication skills.

This course offers a critical introduction to new (digital) media and technology, focusing on the relationship between “old” and “new” media and emphasizing both the cultural meanings of media in general and media as pedagogy. This course gives the chance to observe, participate, and explore new media literacy, learning, and making across formal and informal learning settings. This is not a course about technology; rather, it is a course about the activity-the doing, the participatory culture-that surrounds new media, the use and the learning born through that activity. During the course, a number of guests will join to discuss their work in new media.

Core Studio 3

Code
MTNM 0507
Description

This is a year-long course building on the thesis project. Projects at this stage will be designed and realized independently by the group with an advanced level of understanding and ambition. The course emphasizes intellectual, creative and technical growth. Coursework exposes students to a wide variety of New Media Art practices ranging from time-based to interactive and installations. Students are empowered though the development of self-discipline, cultural awareness and personal voice.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

spring

Core Studio 4

Code
MTNM
Description

This is a year-long course building on the thesis project. Projects at this stage will be designed and realized independently by the group with an advanced level of understanding and ambition. The course emphasizes intellectual, creative and technical growth. Coursework exposes students to a wide variety of New Media Art practices ranging from time-based to interactive and installations. Students are empowered though the development of self-discipline, cultural awareness and personal voice.

MFA Research Seminar 4 – Thesis

Description

Building on the research, critical thinking and writing skills developed in the first three semesters of the seminar, in the final semester, each student will be responsible for the production of a 40 to 60 page thesis paper and corresponding body of work, culminating in a public exhibition or conference. For their final paper, each student will be responsible for identifying an urgent, critical or current problematic, that may stand independently of the student’s studio practice. Rigorously researched and constructed, this paper will provide the platform for ongoing lines of investigation. Students should be versed in the critical voices and issues surrounding their own practice and develop the communication and research skills necessary to assert their own critical voice in regards to their evolving practice. Faculty and guest lectures will guide each student to a reading list appropriate to their research and final exhibition. For their final exhibition, the students will focus on creating a body of work and build a portfolio based on their artistic research, documenting process and their different projects. This is done under the guidance and support of an internal and external thesis committee.

Masters Electives

Description

You may select electives from the course offerings below.

Electives

The Art Of Code 1

Code
MTNM 0550
Description

Coding is no longer only for computer scientists or developers. It is becoming easier than ever thanks to emerging tools in the open source community. This year long course provides an introduction to programming for artists and designers who are willing learn and use it as a form of creative expression. Students will explore generative art, 3D printing, flow based programming, web as a medium in art, data visualization and generative performances. Majority part of the course will be in a lab form where students gain hands-on experience with tools and software. Students are expected to start small projects during the course and finalize them as assignments. Course includes a final project that students will select one work from previous assignments and develop it further.

The Art Of Code 2

Code
MTNM 0551
Description

Coding is no longer only for computer scientists or developers. It is becoming easier than ever thanks to emerging tools in the open source community. This year long course provides an introduction to programming for artists and designers who are willing learn and use it as a form of creative expression. Students will explore generative art, 3D printing, flow based programming, web as a medium in art, data visualization and generative performances. Majority part of the course will be in a lab form where students gain hands-on experience with tools and software. Students are expected to start small projects during the course and finalize them as assignments. Course includes a final project that students will select one work from previous assignments and develop it further.

Intellectual Property Rights

Code
MFMT 0512
Description

The I.P. course covers issues related to copyright, patents, contracts and liabilities as they apply to art and design. Students will learn about international laws related to copyright and patents and understand how to protect their intellectual property and the best strategies to adopt in different circumstances.

Photo 2.0

Description

This course is designed to understand the nature of digital media and its impact on the processes of making and experiencing photography. The course will focus on students’ skills for the ever-expanding possibilities of digital image-making devices and the power of communication through the web. The Internet has changed the way we consider photography, and the medium has undergone remarkable transformations at every level. Why do certain images go viral and what is the message behind it? The overall goal is to achieve quality photographs in a variety of cultural settings and digital devices that reflect the status and the use of today’s image.

Digital Fabrication Design

Code
MTNM 0550
Description

The Digital Fabrication Design class will provide students an immersive experience in digital design and fabrication. This course will introduce students to digital design and fabrication techniques within the context of contemporary art and design by giving them hands-on experience in 3D digital modeling, 3D digital scanning, 3D printing, and laser cutting. The course will assist students in nurturing the ability to efficiently translate ideas and concepts into digitally produced physical objects.

Concept Development: Storytelling

Code
MFFP 0508
Description

In this semester-long course students learn to quickly develop and research concepts to tell a story in images and words. The aim is to provide them with the tools, skills and processes that they will need to respond to a client’s brief in a professional and convincing manner. It is open as an elective to students from other departments, since the ability to come up with creative ideas, researching them and then “packaging” them in a compelling verbal and visual story is a key skill for any designer, whether it is to develop a story for a fashion editorial, an accessories line, or the concept for a new restaurant interior. The disciplinary mix of students also serves to prepare them to work within interdisciplinary teams, which is what they will be faced with in the professional world.

Educational Principles (MDRA)

Description

This seminar is offered in parallel to the studio course devoted to education. Students will be given an overview of historical and current pedagogical theory that is specific to the teaching or art and design. They will be asked to consider the role of diversity and culture on learning, as well the role of the teacher as decision maker and facilitator. Additionally, this course will introduce alternative approaches to building a learning environment, drawing upon recent experiments in art education that challenge the traditional structure of a ‘school’. Students will study: how to generate motivation, involvement and integration in respect to learner’s development and experience; the planning and design of learning activities for different levels of experience; how to write assessment procedures and appropriate feedback on performance, competence and knowledge.

 

Drawing Technology and Perception (MDRA)

Description

This elective considers the contribution of technology to the creative process with a focus on new media drawing techniques. Students will be introduced to an experimental hardware platform made of various plotters connected to a computer. In addition to practical experiments in both digital and analogue media, students will study the potential of information technology as a drawing tool, for example: when technology starts to ‘interfere’ between the gesture or the initial thought process of the artist and the material, random or procedural changes, interactions with the users or an observer linked to sensors. Students will begin to understand the concepts of robotics, and computer languages such as Arduino and processing which they will be encouraged to use in their work.

The second half of the course will apply programming knowledge to our perception tools. We will consider the drawing person as or as part of a drawing machine. Any signal can be used to trigger another one. A shifting parameter can change a routine. In the beginning students will find themselves confronted with two IF conditions : What IF drawing follows audible inputs? And IF the sound of the making is looped back into the process ?

Advanced Printmaking (MDRA)

Description

This course offers a series of workshops proposed by different artists and professional printmakers, addressing the Principles of the Multiple and the Development of the Multiple. In the first half, The Principles of the Multiple, students will consider how printmaking offers a vast field of research, experimentation, processes and outcomes that dwell in the possibility to produce multiple copies out of one. In the second half of the course, Development of the multiple, students will explore how to work and collaborate with a printmaker. Printmaking is the beautiful exchange between a master craftsman and an artist. This intense workshop aims to instruct how to maximize this collaborative experience through a complete overview of the different techniques involved in the creation of an « original » multiple. Students will address the different parameters inherent to this special world.

French

Description

Students take a placement test to be placed into one of three levels of French language: introductory, intermediate and advanced. Classes meet twice a week for written and oral exercises designed to strengthen vocabulary and grammar. These courses use dialogues, oral exercises, short compositions and literary texts to establish a firm foundation in the language. Students approach everyday life situations in French, while learning the fundamentals of grammar and the complexity of conversation. The intermediate and advanced courses serve as a more sophisticated introduction to French culture and lifestyle and as a means of consolidating grammar and vocabulary.

Overall Credits Total
60

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this program cutting edge in contrast to other MA/MFA programs?

“Cutting edge” technology for its own sake isn’t enough anymore; it’s what you do with it that counts. Technology has to focus on benefiting its stakeholders. What makes this program different is that the creative process taught here focuses on collaborative creativity and is very different from programs that exalt the individual artist/designer. Collaborative creativity is much more important now than driving one single vision forward and cajoling/paying people to execute it for you. That’s a very 20th century way of looking at artists and designers. The 21st century is about systems. Their complexity requires teams of creative people with different talents who can bring their ideas and work together. You have to be open to the possibility that others may have better ideas than you, and that’s not easy when students have been fed four years of manifesting certainty in their skill, talent and vision in traditional art and design programs.

What is the range of disciplines from which the students will be pooled?

We seek to have highly a highly diverse student group. Candidates from backgrounds including art, design, architecture, engineering, humanities, business, science and music are all encouraged to apply.

How do you know if the program is right for you?

This program is for students who want MORE than the field that they studied or work in. This program is right for you if you are looking to stretch beyond your discipline, using transdisciplinary approaches to push or blur the boundaries. For example, we are looking for:

  • Fashion students who want to work on wearable technology or smart fabrics;
  • Historians and writers who want to make better narratives for video games;
  • Architects and urbanists that want to implement systems on an urban scale;
  • Sociologists who want to design for social change;
  • Programmers and engineers who want to develop their creativity and apply their skills in creative projects;
  • Philosophy majors who want to address issues through group action;
  • Business/Management students who want to work in technology.

What are the prerequisites?

Applicants without a BFA are required to have at least two semesters of Art or Design History; applicants with non-technical backgrounds will be required to attend an undergraduate Digital Crash Course; and certain elective courses may be made mandatory to shore up skills that may otherwise be lacking. The PCA Digital Crash Course includes: Video, Web (HTML, CSS, PHP), and Processing.

What kind of projects have the students worked on?

Students work on projects with open-ended themes, so that they can direct them with areas of previous interests. They can take the work in an artistic direction or in a design project. MA Degree and MFA Thesis projects are self-directed though. In the past, students have worked on a #LowTech project show at the Saatchi Gallery in London, showed their research at Paris Digital Week 2015 and 2016, developed an art collaboration with a group of students from ESAT Valencia and Soliman Lopez, the founder of the harddiskmuseum.com, as well as collaborated on digital fabrication techniques with Draft Ateliers. Students have developed projects focusing on physical interfaces beyond the screen and immaterial materials like sound, light and open data; and worked on projects of the body as terrain, the body in space and the hosted body. The Transdisciplinary New Media department has also hosted a 24 hour workshop with the Gaité Lyrique to create a music video for the upcoming French lo-fi band RequinChagrin, and the videos will be premiered at the Gaité Lyrique for 2 weeks in late May as part of the Ateliers Partagés Festival.

Are there other graduate students at PCA?

PCA is starting 4 new Masters programs next year in Fashion, Fashion Photography, Accessories and Interior Design ? which increase the students’ transdisciplinary opportunities. Studio electives are a great opportunity to explore another discipline with other masters’ students. PCA also collaborates with Toulouse Business School in offering English language MSc degrees in marketing and communication specializing in the fashion and luxury industries. These programs draw student from around the world to the PCA campus.

What are the advantages of studying in Paris?

Paris is a great place for new media, between the game and software industries and digital art venues like Gaité Lyrique and Palais de Tokyo. While people may work remotely, face-to-face interactions help solidify links between people, so having direct access to Parisian networks is equally important for the graduates’ future practice. Paris attracts international talent, and you will need to go out to these venues regularly, participate in calls for projects and socialize. It is important to nurture your network.

 
Masters in Transdisciplinary New Media

Masters in Transdisciplinary New Media