Berklee NYC’s Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology program offers a forward-looking curriculum designed to teach students the tools and strategies needed to thrive in artistic fields that have seen significant disruption, and will continue to change and evolve at a rapid pace.
The core curriculum of this program provides students with foundational knowledge for their careers that address both the business and creative sides of the performing arts.
The live experience design specialization explores the design, management, and execution of live and virtual productions.
The live experience design specialization explores a forward-thinking approach to the design, management, and execution of live productions spanning music and the arts to corporate and sporting events. Students receive training in performance technologies including sound design, lighting design, projection mapping, LED panel technology, stage design and management, computer-aided design, and video production, all supported by experiential opportunities.
Students in the live experience design specialization gain expertise in the most in-demand, up-to-date design techniques in the live events industries, from multichannel sound installations, live electronic performance, and playback engineering to digital video, lighting, and projection-mapping systems.
What Will I Learn?
Upon completion of the live experience design specialization, students will:
- develop production, staging, and collaborative techniques applicable to all varieties of live events;
- demonstrate technical expertise with industry-standard software and hardware such as Resolume Arena, Adobe After Effects, and many others;
- integrate diverse views and experiences into their artistic creations;
- generate artistic content at a high level of technical proficiency and at an objectively professional standard; and
- lead with a spirit of creative entrepreneurship to sustain a career in the arts that is adaptable, is ethically sound, and creates change.
Applicants to the Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology program must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Learn more about how to apply.
Curriculum and Courses
The Master of Arts in Creative Media and Technology program is designed to be completed in one full academic year: consecutive fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students take a total of 30 credits (15 credits of core courses and 15 credits of specialization courses) with an additional optional 1-credit internship upon completion of the program.
First Semester (Fall)
CMAT-510: Design Thinking Methodologies for the Creative Arts (3 credits; core class)
CMAT-515: Entrepreneurship and Business Practices in the Creative Space (3 credits; core class)
CMAT-514: Multi-Channel Sound Design for Live Experience (3 credits)
CMAT-525: Digital Lighting System Design (3 credits)
Second Semester (Spring)
CMAT-610: Innovation and Creativity in Artistic Endeavors (3 credits; core class)
CMAT-614: Electronic Live Performance and Playback Engineering (3 credits)
CMAT-550: Live Video Production for Creative Events (3 credits)
CMAT-650: Advanced Visual Perception and Projection Mapping (3 credits)
Third Semester (Summer)
CMAT-695: Culminating Experience Seminar (6 credits; core class)
Live staging, design, and production are ever-evolving. Live experiences ranging from corporate events and concerts to fashion shows and theatrical productions incorporate a multitude of multisensory and immersive elements, all of which require a high level of technical knowledge and creativity. Students will gain mastery in current methodologies as well as the skills they need to learn any future technologies.
This specialization offers courses that are current, competitive, and at the leading edge of the craft. Students will work with the industry-standard technological software and hardware with active professionals and pioneers of the field.
Applying What You Learn
Experiential and Collaborative Workflow
Students in this program will have many opportunities to prototype and stage their projects on-site. This program emphasizes collaborative approaches, and students will leverage diverse ideas from fellow students, faculty, and visiting artists as they realize their artistic vision.
Who We Are Looking For
We seek a varied group of motivated, creative, and focused candidates with solid academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute a diversity of experience, insight, and skills that will benefit and elevate the program.
Ideal candidates want to:
- gain a comprehensive understanding of the elements of modern staging, production, and curated experiences;
- integrate collaborative models of ideation and execution into existing creative workflows;
- develop their technical facility, creative voice, and artistic persona; and
- influence the future of the industry and lead with bold creative voices as visionaries and entrepreneurs.
Ideal candidates should demonstrate:
- current creative activity;
- prior academic success;
- an understanding of current trends and best practices in artistically driven live event technology; and
- motivation and focus towards advancing their knowledge, artistry, and career.
Students will ideate, develop, and complete a culminating experience or thesis project that is uniquely theirs.
You have the option of spending a fourth semester completing an internship course.