Graduate Program

NYU Shanghai’s Master of Arts in Interactive Media Arts (IMA Low Residency Program, or IMA Low Res) is a one-year degree jointly offered with the NYU Tisch School of the Arts focusing on the production, application, and understanding of interactive media for creative expression and critical engagement. 

The program involves 2 online semesters in the Fall and Spring paired with 3 global residencies at NYU Shanghai (Summer 2020), NYU Berlin (January 2021), and NYU New York (Summer 2021). Infused across the entire experience are a curricular emphasis on context and connectivity along with a spirit of experimentation, collaboration, and community. By traversing a series of locations and environments, both physical and digital, students acquire an active understanding of the current global landscape of computational media and technology.

The program is designed for highly motivated self-directed students of any nationality including teachers, artists, creatives, policy-makers and other working professionals. While technical and/or artistic experience are welcomed, people from all backgrounds and experience levels are encouraged to apply. The program’s format allows students to earn their graduate degree with limited sacrifice to employment opportunities.

With the support of faculty and staff, each international and diverse cohort will share a unique global experience exploring the intersection of emerging media and humanistic values, participating in a workshop-style approach to learning, and engaging in the design and development of interactive projects that involve the creative use of software, hardware and digital media. Upon graduation, students will receive an NYU-granted MA degree, recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education.  

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