The Intermedia MFA Program is a relatively new graduate program at the University of Maine. It was begun by several faculty in 2003 as an experimental interdisciplinary program focused on new forms of creative production. Between 2003 and 2008 the program went through five years of experimentation, development and academic reviews and in 2009 was approved by the Board of Trustees for the University of Maine System as a full degree granting program. The program accepted its first full cadre of students in 2009. During this period the program has been met with considerable interest and positive response by both faculty and students. The New MA in Intermedia was developed between 2016 and 2018 and implemented in December of 2019. There currently are 6 MA students, 33 MFA students and 4 PhD students (working on individualized doctorates in combination with the Intermedia and other departments across campus) in the Intermedia Programs.
The Intermedia Programs at the University of Maine provides substantial advanced study for individuals interested in interdisciplinary study in the arts. The programs emphasize intensive development of students’ creative and innovative abilities through a diverse engagement with multiple research processes, critical thinking skills and creative production tools and technologies.
Faculty in Intermedia
The core faculty are experts in diverse media, experimental arts, social practices and dedicated to art as a mode of being in the world. The cooperating faculty in Intermedia are drawn from a wide variety of disciplines including Art, New Media, Theater, Dance, Philosophy, Art History, Engineering, Communications, Media Studies, Music, Psychology, Natural Sciences, and others. Students come from many disciplinary backgrounds but are united by their interest in exploring the potentials of creative work in the 21st century.
The facilities and state-of-the-art equipment in the IMRC Center, which also houses the MFA Graduate studios, strengthens Intermedia students’ ability to pursue their research and creative activities, as well as to work in collaboration with business and industry throughout Maine. The Center’s general aim is to develop a new ‘culture’ of innovation and creativity for the state of Maine by establishing needed technical facilities for continued and new training, research, development; supporting faculty collaborative research and development initiatives; and enhancing Maine’s capacity to compete for external funds related to technological development by providing faculty support through access to needed research facilities.