Master of Arts in Multimedia with a Concentration in Interaction Design

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The Master of Arts (MA) in Multimedia with a Concentration in Interaction Design is a unique interdisciplinary program that focuses on creating interactive applications and objects as part of a designed user experience. This unique program provides artists studio and fabrication spaces, courses in emerging methods, contemporary art and theory, an engaged faculty and access to student research grants and mentorship.

The concentration in Interaction Design emphasizes the creative and technical aspects of current and emerging technologies and their use in creating, controlling, delivering, and presenting compelling content in an interactive form. Plus, it draws from elements in a number of fields including art, computer science, journalism, psychology, and telecommunications.

This Master's program is a two-year degree program. Most coursework is offered in the evening. During the first year, students develop a theoretical foundation in multimedia technology, enhance their creative skills, and learn to work effectively in teams. During the second year, small teams of students with various backgrounds and talents create innovative, professional-quality interactive multimedia projects. Ideas for group projects can originate from students, faculty, or external sources. Many of CSU Eastbay's student projects have won national and international awards.

Benefits of the CSU East Bay Graduate Program

Dedicated Labs

24/7 Access to makerspace and computer labs. Thesis Candidates get their own studio space.

Research Support

Students can apply for financial support to fund their thesis projects and travel to attend conferences.

Low State Tuition

The 2019 graduate school tuition & fees are $8,417 for California resident and $17,921 for others.

Supportive University Culture

Cal State East Bay is dedicated to first generation student success, sustainability, diversity and social justice.

Benefits of the CSU East Bay Graduate Program

Students enjoy benefits including small student-teacher ratios and a dedicated interdisciplinary faculty. Students have 24-hour access to their own professional-quality production studios, well equipped and maintained. Students alsohave access to a full maker-space and industrial fabrication shop with laser cutters,3d-printers, CNC milling machines a bronze foundry, a full metal- and wood shop.

Department events like Game Jams, Hackathons and faculty-led research initiatives give students hands-on experience, enhance their theoretical education and provide research experience, strengthen their team building skills and allows for networking with fellow students, faculty, and industry professionals.

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Career Opportunities

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, the epicenter of the interactive digital media industry and technological innovation, the CSUEB Multimedia Graduate Program prepares students for successful careers across many growing industries. They work as Interaction Designers, Creative Technologists, Entrepreneurs, and User Interface (UI) Designers in top companies like Google, General Electric, Facebook as well as a host of smaller lean startups.

The Master of Arts in Multimedia with a Concentration in Interaction Design is a STEM Designated (CIP 09.0702) program and qualifies for the STEM OPT extension.

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