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Application Deadline

We review applications each spring for enrollment in the following fall semester. The program has financial support available in the form of Graduate Assistantships and Tuition Scholarships. Decisions on offers of support are initiated at the end of March for the following academic year. In order to receive full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by February 15th although support is sometimes available for students who apply after that date. Final deadline for applications is March 1st for fall admittance.

Apply Online Today

Visit the Graduate Studies website to begin the application process:
ETSU School of Graduate Studies Online Application

Specific Requirements

In addition to the grad school requirements, applicants for the M.A. in New Media Studio are required to submit the following:

1) Statement of Purpose

This approximately 1000-1500 word essay describes the applicant's goals for their graduate research and/or creative work. The committee will use this information to determine if faculty skills are a good match for the applicant’s interests and see if the applicant's agenda is reasonable.

2) Undergraduate Transcript—A GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is recommended.

3) Three (3) reference letters (academic or professional).

ETSU makes this convenient and easy. Set up your references electronically through our Online Recommendation System

4) TOEFL scores—(if applicable).

5) Portfolio

The portfolio is submitted directly to the New Media Studio graduate coordinator. Applicants should submit their portfolio electronically.


Students can be admitted conditionally if the committee feels that the applicant has potential even though lacking in some areas. Conditional class work is not counted towards the degree.

Portfolio Preparation Tips

The applicants portfolio should emphasize quality over quantity. Select your pieces carefully to accurately show the range of your talents.

The quantity of work will vary with the applicant’s discipline, but should be enough to give the admissions committee a good idea of the applicant’s skill level. Consider selecting pieces that align with your research/creative goals. This will give the committee a clearer picture of your creative direction.

Two-dimensional artists should consider submitting a portfolio of 8–15 pieces. Sculpture and ceramic artists can use similar advice. All portfolios should consits of professional looking images of the artwork. When applicable, photographs of the artwork should be devoid of distracting backgrounds or poor lighting. Animation, video and motion graphics artists should consider a concisely constructed demo reel, on the average, no more than 1-3 minutes in length. Remember, quality over quantity.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Electronic submission can take many forms: Online Portfolio, PDF, CD, Flicker, or a demo reel on DVD, Vimeo, YouTube, etc. Regardless, organization of the work should be clear and it is strongly encouraged that explanations accompany each piece and/or each portion of a demo reel.

Admission to Candidacy

Students are not candidates for a degree until they have passed a review process. Each student in the M.A. in New Media Studio selects a capstone committee and must pass Candidacy Review. Review for admission to candidacy will take place after the student has completed 18 credit hours and prior to completing 24 credit hours of study and is prepared to discuss his or her work and the direction of the final capstone research project. At least one member of the capstone committee must be a graduate faculty member of the New Media Studio program and will serve as chair of the committee. The other committee member must have ETSU graduate faculty status and will be assigned with approval of the graduate program coordinator. The capstone committee members guide the student’s scholarly work for the capstone project.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students are required to have finished the following:

1) Thirty-three (33) credit hours of required class work

2) Capstone Class

This course is the culminating experience for the MA New Media Studio degree. Each student develops and completes a final project. The focus of this course is the preparation, critique and refinement of the student’s final research and creative work. The student will work through multiple critiques by different faculty to prepare their artwork for presentation/defense. A required paper accompanies the capstone project. It describes the artwork, processes, methods and the digital and artistic landscape in which the capstone project takes place.

3) Presentation of your Capstone Project

Each student presents their capstone work and the supporting paper to their graduate committee. Furthermore, public presentation is encouraged. As would be expected in an interdisciplinary degree, this may come in many different forms. Each student works with his/her committee to determine what is suitable.

Tuition and Fees

In addition to graduate tuition, students are financially responsible for incidental fees associated with specific programs at ETSU, such as Digital Media and Studio Art Courses. A select few Graduate Assistantship positions and Tuition Scholarships are available, however incidental fees are not covered by GA or TS positions. More information about incidental fees for each program can be found online at the ETSU Bursar's Office. Further information can be found in the online graduate catalog under the heading of Costs, Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Other Resources

New Media Studio Student Handbook

Download this helpful document here.

Graduate Coordinator

Jonathan Hounshell
(423) 979-3153
ETSU Box 70552
Johnson City, TN 37614

For important dates, ETSU graduate requirements, catalog, forms and other resources visit:
ETSU School of Graduate Studies home page.