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Multimedia - Interaction Design, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
, CA,
The master’s degree in Multimedia is a unique interdisciplinary program at the intersection of interactive content development and interaction design. The program emphasizes the creative and technical aspects of current and emerging technology and its use in creating, controlling, delivering, and presenting compelling content in an interactive form. 

About

The master’s degree in Multimedia focuses on Interaction Design,  the creation of interactive applications and objects as part of designed user experience.

The Multimedia graduate program embraces industry skills and practices by emphasizing teamwork and project-oriented goals. Students learn the skills needed to adapt quickly to new environments - a valuable asset for any profession. Because multimedia is a rapidly developing and rapidly changing field, the program focuses as much on the enduring creative process as on the transient technology.

The Multimedia master’s is a two-year degree program. Most coursework is offered in the evening. During the first year, students develop a theoretical foundation in multimedia technology, enhance their creative skills and learn to work effectively in teams. During the second year, small teams of students with various backgrounds and talents create innovative, professional-quality interactive multimedia projects. Ideas for group projects can originate from students, faculty or external sources. Many of the program’s student projects have won national and international awards.

Students in the Multimedia graduate program enjoy a number of benefits including small student-teacher ratios and a dedicated interdisciplinary faculty. Thesis project students have 24-hour access to their own professional-quality multimedia production studio. These facilities are well equipped and maintained with the latest technology.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Seminar in Interactive Art & Design 
  • Project and Story Development
  • Interactive Content Development
  • MM 682 - Individual Multimedia Research and Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    34 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 units of undergraduate work
  • A portfolio of work reflecting the applicant’s talents and abilities in digital and interactive media
  • Evidence of professional experience in related fields
To apply for admission to the Multimedia graduate program, students must complete the online university application at CALSTATE Apply.  In addition, applicants must complete a departmental application and submit it along with a statement of purpose, resume, work sample, two reference letters and copies of academic transcripts. Applicants are selected by an admissions panel of the Multimedia Program Committee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8274 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    8274 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8274 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hayward

  • 1370 - 2510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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