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MFA Integrated Media Arts

Narrative shapes our world. Now more than ever we need non-fiction storytellers with the tools to deliver the bigger picture on a transmedia platform.

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Master Writing, Narrative, and the Power of the Nonfiction Filmmaking

The MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts (IMA) offers advanced studies in nonfiction media making. The IMA Program educates multi-disciplinary, socially engaged media makers in a diverse range of skills across the media landscape. Working with faculty from film, video, emerging media, and journalism backgrounds, students learn to conceptualize, create and distribute innovative, politically and socially engaged expression using contemporary media technologies.

The IMA Program offers a 48-credit course of study, combining analytical seminars, interdisciplinary research, and creative workshops in writing, visual communication, and media production, and culminating in an advanced thesis project and paper. IMA students can also engage in collaborative production labs, intensive tech workshops, a teaching mentorship program, and outside creative residencies. The IMA Program’s robust non-credit offerings include the IMA film screening series, visiting artist lectures as well as master classes and student critiques with prominent artists and media makers. Student work in the program has included single channel documentaries, interactive websites, handmade electro-mechanical devices, public exhibitions, interactive installations, transmedia narratives, live performances, and rich media for the expanding spectrum of screen based platforms. Building on a foundation of research and analysis, IMA students explore and create new ways to advance information and ideas, balancing critical thinking with aesthetics, contemporary issues with an historical perspective, theory with practice, and traditional methods with new technologies.


The community of students represents a wide range of interests, nationalities, ages and backgrounds.

Application Deadlines

*Deadlines may be extended. Contact the admission office to ensure applications are closed.

Fall Open: February 15th

Fall Close: April 1st

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Integrated Media Arts

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Alumni Careers

IMA alumni work and have worked at The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Whitney Museum, in film and television production, run production companies, serve as arts and museum administrators, provide media expertise for NGOs, and hold tenure track teaching jobs at universities here and abroad. They are professors, museum educators, arts administrators, and curators. They produce material for radio, websites, podcasts, and apps. They program, design, and oversee digital content creation. They produce, direct, shoot and edit video. They work as artists and filmmakers.

How Hunter's IMA Program Measures Against New York's Top Nonfiction Film Programs

Tuition Per Academic Year for New York State Residents*


New School





*Cost per credit updated as of January 2017;
New School based on $1,530/credit, at 30 credits a year;
$23,400 Hunter (Out-of-state or international)

Grants Awarded to our Students




Sundance Institute

Princess Grace Foundation

Ford Foundation

Jerome Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation


National Board of Review

National Endowment for the Arts

Graduate Artist Residencies


MacDowell Colony





Artist in Residence

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space

Create Change Public Artist-In-Residence

IFP Spotlight on Documentaries Independent Film Week

ITP Camp Fellows

Berlin Film Festival’s Talent Campus

Film Festival Accolades

Select Film Festival Screenings


Toronto International Film Festival

Tribeca International Film Festival

South by Southwest

New Directors/New Films (Museum of Modern Art)

Berlin International Film Festival

New York Film Festival



Documentary Fortnight (Museum of Modern Art)

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Rotterdam International Film Festival


Select Awards

25 New Faces of Independent Film, Filmmaker Magazine

10 New Faces to Watch, The Independent Magazine

CINE Golden Eagle Award for Best Student Documentary

Best Experimental Film award, Rome Independent Film Festival

Aronson Award for Social Justice in Journalism

Best Film, Best Director, International Documentary Challenge

Best Student Documentary nominee, Intl' Documentary Association

First Prize, Festival del Habano in Havana Cuba

Grand Jury Prize for Best Intl' Documentary, Migrations, Radio Canada International

Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary, Trans|Lations Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Film at Beacon Independent Film Festival

Audience Award, Northside Film Festival

Best Experimental Film, Black Maria Film Festival

RTP Award for Best Investigation Film, DocLisboa

Coup De Coeur Du Jury, FIFIG

Jury’s Special Commendation, Dublin’s GAZE Film Festival

Special Founder's Prize, Traverse City Film Festival

Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography, Woodstock Film Festival

Paul Robeson Award, Newark Museum

Pictures of the Year International Awards (Second Place)

ArtSlant Showcase prize

10 Best LGBT Docs of 2014, The Advocate Magazine
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