The PIMA M.F.A Program provides students with training, theoretical and technical background, and practical experience in the conceptualization and production of collaborative, multi-disciplinary performance artworks.
Specifically, the students in the program:
- learn the theory, history, and practice of employing technology as a means of extending collaborative artistic practice
- learn specific technological tools and techniques which can be used to facilitate cross-disciplinary artistic collaboration
- develop skills in interactive media programming as a central component of the first two semesters of study
- gain practical experience and professional-level skills in multi-disciplinary arts event production
- through a collective process, create multi-disciplinary artworks for presentation in a performance setting
- build relationships with communities in the New York City area, and produce artistic work in the context of these relationships. The community context is created through at least one, and often several of the following:
- involving the community in the creative process
- presenting work in a community venue
- presenting and/or addressing community issues within the work
- basing the work in whole or in part on the values, history, literature, or art of the community
- including members of the community in the work; either as performers, or through their words, images, or creative contributions
- presenting the work in such a way that it reaches a broad audience within the community
Students complete the program with the skills and experience to extend their current individual artistic practice into multi-disciplinary collaborative practice, employing technology as a means to facilitate collaboration across disciplines.
The PIMA M.F.A. program takes a collective approach to teaching and student production. Not only are most required courses team-taught, all significant student projects are collaboratively conceived and produced.