Master's Degrees in Emergent Media: MFA & MS Programs

Emerging Media Champlain College

Become a designer of the creative economy

Media is changing, and changing ever more quickly. Creators must be flexible and agile to stay at the leading edge of innovation. Media is what binds peoples, and its impact guides creative production.

Forces big and small will use the leverage of technology to shape the world as it emerges beyond the limits of tradition. Digital technology accelerates the change. Creative work assures humanity in the results.

If this describes your passions, then a Master's degree in Emergent Media from Champlain is for you. You'll harness the newest technology, get ahead of the latest trends and learn how to manifest your vision and shape the future while learning practical applications of technique and craft. There has never been a better time to be an inspired creator.

Champlain College offers two different paths to a Master's degree in Emergent Media, both are full-time, on-campus programs. The Masters in Fine Arts (MFA) in Emergent Media, a terminal degree, is a two-year program. The Master's of Science (MS) in Emergent Media is a one-year program. The side-by-side table at the bottom of this page gives you an easy way to compare the structural basics of the two programs. 

MFA in Emergent Media (two-year, on-campus program)

In this two-year Master of Fine Arts degree program on our campus in Burlington, Vermont, you'll unleash your vision through a process of creating interactive, social, and immersive media forms—crafting user experiences with the potential to transform lives. There has never been a better time to be an inspired creator.

> Learn more about Champlain's Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Emergent Media program.

MS in Emergent Media (one-year, on-campus program)

In this one-year, Masters of Science degree program — the first year of the MFA program — you'll acquire the skills and reflective leadership required to excel in careers producing and managing the collaborative processes of the next generation of media content. Offered at our Burlington, Vermont campus, the MS in Emergent Media program embodies the essence of the global student.

> Learn more about Champlain's MS in Emergent Media program.

Which On-Campus Degree Program in Emergent Media is Right for You?

MFA in Emergent MediaMS in Emergent Media
Focus  Creating interactive and social media forms and immersive user experiences  Producing and managing the collaborative process of next-gen media content
Start Terms September September
Credits 62 30
Cost per Credit $1,085 $1,085
Fellowships/Scholarships Available Yes Yes
Completion Time 2 years 1 year
# of Semesters 5 3
Thesis Yes No

Champlain College – a top "Most Innovative School" by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges" 2016

Vermont and Champlain College have long fostered an entrepreneurial culture—a characteristic that is integral to this field. Burlington's educational resources provide the youthful and intellectual energy that makes it a vibrant, thriving "idea" community. A distributed workforce connects globally from and to Burlington, forming a hub for creative energy which is palpable on our campus. You'll learn firsthand how to be successful at the individual and group dynamics underlying today's collaborative and often remote work settings.

  • Immerse yourself in the latest technological advances through a collaborative production environment. Champlain's Emergent Media Center® (EMC) provides a working studio where undergraduate and graduate students work together on mission-based digital media innovations for real clients. The EMC is a real-world digital collaboration setting that prepares all of our students to work effectively in today's online business environment.
  • Use our MakerLab to bring your ideas to life. The Champlain College MakerLab is a prototyping facility equipped with state-of-the-art 3D printers, 3D scanner, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, Arduinos and traditional tools that allow rapid prototyping as students to explore invention and entrepreneurship.
  • Learn from leaders in the world of emergent media. Our Emergent Media faculty are industry experts in the world of video games, interactive design, mobile computing, the Maker movement and more. Our program focuses on building relationships, and our faculty members are accessible, genuine and committed to your success. Their academic and professional credentials, along with our small class sizes, promote lively interactions.

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