Master On Campus

Media Arts and Practice

University of Southern California

24 months
40659 USD/year
40659 USD/year
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The Media Arts and Practice (MA+P) MFA program offered at University of Southern California is a community of multi-media creators who are fluent in the techniques and technologies of digital art and design, cinematic media, and storytelling.


We live in a world of multiple screens and multiple forms of media. In today's global culture those screens are portals to information, inspiration and entertainment. Fields as diverse as business, medicine, education, architecture, law, urban planning, filmmaking, and many more, need innovative designers, artists and storytellers who know how to create engaging digital media experiences for the screens that matter to their audiences—whether they fit in a pocket or cover entire walls.

Students at the Media Arts and Practice MFA program offered at University of Southern California learn to make a variety of media-websites, films, art installations, visualizations- as well as design strategies for how and when to use each form. The program encourages exploration of new and emerging technologies, challenging students to think innovatively about the future of digital media. 

Career Opportunities

University of Southern California graduates are ready to assume positions as media makers, artists, graphic designers, media analysts and researchers, and managers of digital media products and processes, both within and beyond the entertainment industry. They prepare for leadership positions in creating, developing and managing innovative digital media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Media Arts and Practice Studio
  • Theories of Media Arts and Practice 
  • Practice of Media Arts 
  • Digital Media Policy, Law, Practices, and Regulation 
  • Historical Approaches to Media Arts and Culture 
  • Cinema and Media Theory and Practice 
  • Media Arts Research Lab 
  • Graduate Media Arts Research Lab 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • USC Graduate Application for Admission
  • SlideRoom Application
  • Cinematic Arts Supplemental Materials Cinematic Arts Media Arts + Practice Personal Statement
  • Writing Sample
  • Media Portfolio
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Official Transcripts (From all Academic Institutions Attended)
  • Official GRE Test Scores (required from all applicants)
  • Official English Proficiency Test Scores (International Students Only).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    40659 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40659 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    40659 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 40659 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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