October 6, 2003
UCSC establishes first Master of Fine Arts degree
in Digital Arts/New Media
By Scott Rappaport
UCSC has established its first Master of Fine Arts degree program in
Digital Arts/New Media.
The Department of Film and Digital Media, launched in 1996,
has rapidly grown to more than 400 majors
The innovative new program will draw from a variety of disciplines
including graphic arts, three-dimensional and environmental arts, music
and sound design, film, video, and theater.
The Digital Arts /New Media program promises to become a center
for innovation and exploration in the study and application of digital
technologies in the arts, noted Campus Provost and Executive Vice
Chancellor John B. Simpson.
UCSC has experienced heavy demand for digital arts courses over the
past several years. The Department of Film and Digital Media, launched
in 1996, has rapidly grown to more than 400 majors.
This is a reflection of our goal to increase graduate programs
at UCSC, said chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood. It represents
a significant milestone in the expansion of our Arts graduate programs.
The M.F.A. in Digital Arts/New Media will include research and courses
relating to a number of advances in information technologies including:
Computer simulations that incorporate the bodys presence
Movement and proximity with computer processes
Construction of environments
Utilization of genetic programming to create software for cinematic
3D computer modeling and animation with sound manipulation and
Research on animal anatomy to design organic movements in 3D
Scientific visualization using vision, sound, and touch to understand
Speech synthesis and language tutoring
The new interdisciplinary masters program will also include collaborations
with UCSCs Baskin School of Engineering, as well as faculty in
It unites artists who deliver content with engineers who deliver
hardware and software, said Edward Houghton, dean of UCSCs
Arts Division. Many faculty experts will bring their diverse skills
to bear addressing different projects and issues. Its very exciting.
The new program is a response to the challenge of the 21st century,
which has increasingly become graphically oriented and digitally connected,
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