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Master of Fine Art: Design, Dynamic Media Institute (DMI)

This graduate program is offered in three tracks: a two-year track in four semesters, a three-year track in five semesters, or a three-year track in six semesters. The only difference between the tracks is the distribution of elective credits.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Produce a comprehensive thesis project and thesis book relating to interactive communication design on a topic of personal interest
  • Apply design thinking to, and conceive of new ways of designing for a wide range of human interaction, communication and multi-sensory experience
  • Utilize a range of research techniques including text reviews, experimentation and prototyping
  • Present technical information and data visually and dynamically, and translate non-visual experience into visual forms
  • Experiment with sound, motion, gesture, narrative, mapping, in design applications
  • Apply state-of-the-art technology to graphic and dynamic studio work
  • Understand of the theoretical underpinnings of historical and contemporary communication design, achieving a solid intellectual and historical framework for thinking about the work one creates
  • Develop skill in communicating with, and learning from, people across disciplines, learning the language of multiple disciplines, and synthesizing multiple points of view
  • Develop awareness and understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, and experiential issues expressed and inherent in one’s design practice and in the discipline of design
  • Develop presentation skills including public speaking, visual presentations, and writing
  • Understand a range of professional pathways for careers in dynamic media, as leaders in the design field, educators, practitioners, and entrepreneurs


The Graduate Post-Baccalaureate in design, offered through the Dynamic Media Institute, is a one-year, 24- to 29-credit, immersive educational program that gives students an opportunity to focus on the role and possible new uses of dynamic media in communication design.

After successful completion, students will graduate with a Graduate Post-baccalaureate Certificate. Those who choose to apply and are accepted to continue graduate study at the Dynamic Media Institute will be allowed to transfer up to 6 credits.

Courses are taught by professors from the Dynamic Media Institute and Massachusetts College of Art and Design undergraduate communication design program, as well as visiting artists, designers, and special guests. Faculty will work individually with post-baccalaureate students to select courses that are most appropriate for their unique educational background and work experience.

Unique to MassArt

State of the Art Resources
DMI students have access to lighting, sound, and green screen studios and a wide range of resources including laser cutters, high-definition projectors, professional video cameras, synthesizers, wide format inkjet printers and plotters, and high-resolution digital SLRs.

Diverse Community
DMI students hail from Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, and Serbia.

They are fine artists, musicians, performers, journalists, photographers, graphic designers, architects, industrial designers, educators, and developers.

Careers after DMI
Many DMI graduates work at a wide range of companies including Adobe Systems, Amazon, Apple, Bose, IBM, Microsoft, and Google. Other students pursue academia teaching at institutions such as Brandeis University, Emmanuel College, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MIT, Michigan State University, and China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

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