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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.

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.

What will you be studying in the MArch + MFA (Dual Degrees)?

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.

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    
ARC 582 Professional Practice 3    
DMS xxx Media History / Theory / Interpretation   4  
DMS xxx Method of Making I / III   4  
Total Semester Credits 10 8 18
Semester 3: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
ARC 575 Environmental Controls II 3    
DMS xxx Media Theory / Theory / Interpretation   4  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
Total Semester Credits 6 8 14
Semester 4: Spring
    ARC DMS Total
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Media History / Theory / Interpretation   4  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
DMS 532 Graduate Seminar II   2  
Total Semester Credits 6 10 16
Semester 5: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC 607 Directed Research 7    
ARC xxx Cognative / Elective 3    
ARC 575 Structures III 3    
DMS xxx Directed Elective   3  
Total Semester Credits 13 3 16
Cognative / Elective
Cognative / Elective
Structures III
Structures III
Structures III
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
Total Program Credits 52 42 94

Updated September 2016

What will you be studying in the MS + MFA (concurrent degrees)?

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.

7 semesters, 98 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 / Directed Research 7    
DMS xxx Media History / Theory / Interpretation   4  
DMS xxx Method of Making I / III   4  
Total Semester Credits 7 8 15
Semester 3: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
ARC 575 Cognate / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Media Theory / Theory / Interpretation   4  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
Total Semester Credits 6 8 14
Semester 4: Spring
    ARC DMS Total
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Media History / Theory / Interpretation   4  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
DMS 532 Graduate Seminar II   2  
Total Semester Credits 3 10 13
Semester 5: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC xxx Cognative / Elective 3    
ARC xxx Cognative / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Directed Elective   3  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
Total Semester Credits 6 7 13
Semester 6: Spring
    ARC DMS Total
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
ARC xxx Cognate / Elective 3    
DMS xxx Directed Elective   3  
DMS xxx Production Elective   4  
Total Semester Credits 6 7 13
Semester 7: Fall
    ARC DMS Total
ARC 699 Thesis 7    
DMS xxx Directed Elective   3  
DMS xxx Directed Elective   4  
Total Semester Credits 7 7 14
Directed Elective
Directed Elective
Total Program Credits 45 53 98

Updated September 2016

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.

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

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