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The Master of Arts program in Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in media theory, design, and practice with an emphasis on the production of video, audio, and Web-based media.

Gain experience in creative media making, critical analysis and reflection, and entrepreneurialism and management - guided by a faculty that includes noted filmmakers, researchers, designers, and scholars. Designed to accommodate working students, this flexible program enables you to study full-time or part-time, onsite in New York, or online from anywhere.

Part of the School of Media Studies (SMS) at The New School, the graduate program in Media Studies reflects the university's historical commitment to progressive education, an activist orientation, and the advancement of global perspectives.

Areas of Specialization

As a graduate student in Media Studies, you can pursue one or more of the following areas of specialization or work with a faculty advisor to develop your own. Seminar, production and research methods courses make up the curriculum and partner together to provide introductions to the theory and practice of media studies and inversions into focused areas of study. Though you are not required to choose a specialization to earn your degree, completing one can enhance your CV by communicating expertise to potential employers.

  • Media History, Criticism, Philosophy
  • Transmedia and Digital Storytelling
  • Digital Cinema Production
  • Sound Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Media Analytics

Connected to New York City

The New School's location in a world media capital offers you access to internships, new career paths, and diverse academic, cultural, and industry events, organizations, and people. The program regularly schedules networking opportunities with alumni and media professionals in New York City.

Career Paths

Media Studies graduates work in a wide range of fields, including advertising, journalism, TV and radio, online media, media research, social advocacy, and education. Many students launch new careers as filmmakers, designers, and interactive media artists. For students who seek to continue into a PhD program, the MA thesis option provides the opportunity to do original research under the direction of a full-time faculty advisor.

Online Learning

Earn your master's degree at your own pace and enjoy the convenience of "going to class" at any hour of the day or night. Our online program of study allows you to complete all the requirements for the MA in Media Studies from anywhere in the world. All you need is access to the Internet. In fact, most students in the program who don't choose to study only online combine online and on-site coursework.


Visit the Media Studies (MA) page on the The New School website for more details!

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