What will I learn?

Media Arts and Technology (MAT) is an interdisciplinary graduate program that offers an unparalleled opportunity for working at the frontiers of art, science, and technology, where new art forms are born and new expressive media are invented. MAT offers MS and Ph.D. degrees and includes exploration and research in a range of topics spanning electronic audio and music, visual and spatial arts, human-computer interaction, and multimedia engineering.

The Master of Science program provides advanced training in Media Arts and Technology.

The master’s program typically takes two full-time academic years to complete. The goal of the first year of MAT’s intensive interdisciplinary curriculum is to provide a common foundation of aesthetics, technology, and mathematical and computational methods. In addition, students take graduate courses in their area of research, as well as courses in complementary fields.

The second year electives allow students to focus on their area of research. All candidates are expected to complete an advanced project or thesis in their second year of the program, an artistic production or media research project supervised by MAT faculty.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Media Arts and Technology prepares students for academic research and teaching positions, for research and leadership positions in industry and government, and for leadership positions in relevant artistic fields. The MAT Ph.D. curriculum provides a common foundation of the field’s aesthetics, technology, and methods through rigorous coursework, seminars, and active participation with the faculty. Each Ph.D. student participates in interdisciplinary projects and performs innovative research, under the supervision of a faculty advisor and committee, leading to a dissertation that exhibits significant and novel research in the student’s area of specialization.

Which department am I in?

College of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (2 years for MS degree; 4 years to advance to candidacy, 7 years to complete the Ph.D.)

Tuition fees
US$15,102.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected December 2022

Start date

Expected September, October 2022


College of Engineering

Lagoon Road,



93106, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a paper-based TEOFL score of 550.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCSB, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent (with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better) from an accredited university prior to the quarter for which admission is sought.

TOEFL scores 550 Paper-Based Test (PBT), 80 Internet-Based Test (IBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band score of 7 or higher (if applicable).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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