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Master of Architecture / Master of Science + Master of Fine Arts

MArch + MFA / MS + MFA

The Media Arts and Architecture Program (MAAP)  offers a dual degree options for emerging practices in media arts and architecture hybrids that require expertise in both architecture and computational media.

What will you be studying in the MArch + MFA (Program A)?

6 semesters, 94 credits

Semester 1: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC 605 Research Studio 7    
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain 3    
DMS xxx Methods of Making II   4  
DMS xxx Graduate Seminar I   2  
Total Semester Credits 10 6 16
Semester 2: Spring
    ARC DMS Total
ARC 606 Research Studio 7    
DMS xxx Media Theory   3  
DMS xxx Methods of Making I/III   4  
ARC 582 Professional Practice 3    
Total Semester Credits 10 7 17
Semester 3: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
DMS xxx Media Theory   3  
DMS xxx Media Theory   3  
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
ARC 575 Environmental Controls II 3    
Total Semester Credits 6 10 16
Semester 4: Spring
    ARC DMS Total
DMS xxx Media Theory   3  
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
DMS 532 Graduate Seminar II   2  
Total Semester Credits 6 9 15
Semester 5: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC 607 Directed Research 7    
DMS xxx Directed Elective   3  
ARC xxx Cognative / Elective 3    
ARC 575 Structures III 3    
Total Semester Credits 13 3 16
Semester 6: Spring
    ARC DMS Total
ARC 699 Thesis 7    
DMS xxx Directed Elective   3  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
Total Semester Credits 7 7 14

Summary of MArch + MFA (Program A)

ARC Thesis 7
ARC Studio / Directed Research 21
ARC Intellectual Domain 3
ARC Environmental Controls II 3
ARC Professional Practice 3
ARC Structures III 3
ARC Cognates / Electives 12
Total Semester Credits 52
DMS Graduate Seminars 4
DMS Production Courses 16
DMS Media Theory 12
DMS Directed Electives 10
Total Semester Credits 42

Program A is intended for those students who already have a four-year, pre-professional degree in architecture.

This is a model for course sequencing. All  students should carefully plan their particular sequences with both departmental advisors. Students may register for a maximum of one independent study course in each semester, with a maximum career total of two.

What will you be studying in the MArch + MFA (Program B)?

Semester 1: Fall
ARC 501 Design Studio 1 7
ARC 511 Architectural Communications 1 3
ARC 531 Architectural History 1 3
ARC 541 Introduction to Building Technology 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 2: Spring
ARC 502 Design Studio 2 7
ARC 512 Architectural Communications 2 3
ARC 534 Architectural History 2 3
ARC 552 Structure 1 3
Total Semester Credits 16
Semester 3: Fall
ARC 503 Design Studio 3 7
ARC 553 Structure 2 3
ARC 611 Computer Modeling 4
ARC 575 Environmental Controls 2 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Semester 4: Spring
ARC 504 Design Studio 4 7
ARC 542 Construction Technology 4
ARC 573 Environmental Controls 1 3
ARC 582 Professional Practice 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Semester 5: fall
ARC 605 Foundation Studio (ST) 7
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain (ST) 3
DMS 562 Performance Programming 1
DMS xxx Technical Methods (ST) 4
DMS 531 Seminar in the Image 1 2
Total Semester Credits 17
Semester 6: Spring
ARC 606 Research Studio (ST) 7
ARC xxx Intellectual Domain (ST) 3
DMS xxx Technical Methods (ST) 4
DMS xxx Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 17
Semester 7: Fall
ARC 555 Structures 3 3
DMS 523 Programming Graphics 4
DMS xxx Media Robotics 3 4
DMS xxx Production Elective 4
Total Semester Credits 15
Semester 8: Spring
ARC 607 Studio/ Directed Research 7
DMS xxx Directed Elective 4
DMS xxx Computing Elective 4
DMS 532 Seminar in the Image 2 2
Total Required Credits 17
Semester 9: Fall
DMS xxx Thesis 7
ARC xxx Cognates 3
ARC xxx Cognates 3
Total Semester Credits 13
     
Total Required Credits 145 (103 ARC; 42 MFA)

This is a model for course sequencing. All students should carefully plan their particular sequences with both departmental advisors. Students may register for a maximum of one independent study course in each semester, with a maximum career total of two.

Computing has changed the way we think, feel, and operate in the modern world. This has profound implications for the way we conceive, perceive and interact within built environments. Parametric and generative design methods, digital visualization techniques, and digital fabrication processes have altered the ways by which architecture is designed and constructed. At the same time, a wide range of mobile, embedded and networked media, communications and information systems present new opportunities to shape the experience of the built environment and the choices we make there. Moving beyond screen-based simulations and interactive media, media-architecture hybrids incorporate both the virtual and material dimensions of everyday life. As sites of practice for the media arts and architecture converge, new avenues for research and experimentation arise that require an expanded knowledge base. Recognizing this challenge, the departments of Architecture and Media Study at the University at Buffalo offer a dual-degree program in Media Arts and Architecture, one of the only such programs in the country.

Working with distinguished faculty in the departments of Architecture and Media Study, students conduct research and creative explorations across a variety of areas, including (but not limited to) responsive architecture, networked performance, physical computing, parametric and generative design, digital fabrication, mobile and locative media, media geography, pervasive gaming, cultural data analytics and ambient informatics. With a focus on providing a critical context for experimental practice, this program provides the advanced skills necessary to engage contemporary confluences of the media arts and architecture.

This cross-disciplinary program offers two tracks:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) + Master of Science in Architecture (MS) for students with a prior degree in the arts, design, humanities, computer science and engineering or related fields
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) + Master of Architecture (MArch) for students with a pre-professional degree in architecture.

Interested in a MArch + MFA / MS + MFA Dual Degree?

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