MFA+MS/MArch: Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP)

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The Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP)  offers a dual degree option for emerging practices in media arts and architecture hybrids that require expertise in both architecture and computational media.

MAAP offers dual degree options for emerging practices in media arts and architecture hybrids that seek in-depth exposure to both architecture and computational media.

Computing has changed the way we think, feel, and operate. Computing has profound implications for the way we conceive, perceive and interact within built environments. Parametric and generative design methods, digital visualization techniques, and digital fabrication processes have altered the ways by which architecture is designed and constructed. At the same time, a wide range of mobile, embedded and networked media, communications and information systems present new opportunities to shape the experience of the built environment and the choices we make there. Moving beyond screen-based simulations and interactive media, media-architecture hybrids incorporate both the virtual and material dimensions of everyday life. As sites of practice for the media arts and architecture converge, new avenues for research and experimentation arise that require an expanded knowledgebase. Recognizing this challenge, the departments of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo offer a dual-degree program in Media Arts and Architecture, one of the only such programs in the country.

Working with distinguished faculty in the departments of Architecture and Media Study, students conduct research and creative explorations across a variety of areas, including (but not limited to) responsive architecture, networked performance, physical computing, parametric and generative design, digital fabrication, mobile and locative media, media geography, pervasive gaming, cultural data analytics and ambient informatics. With a focus on providing a critical context for experimental practice, this program provides the advanced skills necessary to engage contemporary confluences of the media arts and architecture.

This cross-disciplinary program offers two tracks:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) + Master of Science in Architecture (MS) for students with a prior degree in the arts, design, humanities, computer science and engineering or related fields;
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) + Master of Architecture (MArch) for students with a pre-professional degree in architecture.

For more information, contact Mark Shepard, director, Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP)

Learn more about the Department of Media Study Graduate Programs

Contact

Sara Elder

247A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0935

selder@buffalo.edu

Director of Graduate Studies
Professor
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Areas: Documentary film production and studies; ethnographic media; ethnography; visual anthropology; emerging interactive documentary; nonfiction ethics; collaborative and participatory media practices; Alaska Native communities; Indigenous heritage and sovereignty with a focus on the practices and ethics of filming across cultural and social boundaries

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247A Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0935

selder@buffalo.edu

Brad Hendricks
Bradley Hendricks

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0316

bhendric@buffalo.edu

Assistant to the Chair for Student Programs
Department of Media Study
College of Arts and Sciences

231 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0316

bhendric@buffalo.edu