Media Arts and Technology
MAT offers Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in Media Arts and Technology. Areas of study in MAT include three broadly-defined and overlapping areas: Electronic Music and Sound Design, Visual and Spatial Arts, and Multimedia Engineering. For more information on the primary areas of research, visit the Research in MAT page. For a list of MAT faculty and researchers, visit the Faculty and Researchers page.
In the statement of purpose, applicants should describe their motivations for entering an interdisciplinary graduate program, their general areas of research interest, and how these relate to the interests and directions of MAT.
Students may be admitted to the MAT PhD program in one of three ways:
Starting with a Bachelor's degree, the requirements for the PhD are typically completed within five to six years. For a student entering with a Master's, the time to PhD would typically be three to four years.
The Graduate Division will begin accepting applications to UCSB for Fall 2014 in September. For more information please visit the Graduate Division's website.
For information about application requirements for a degree program in Media Arts and Technology, please read Applying to Media Arts and Technology.
Complete and submit an application to UC Santa Barbara online using the Graduate Division Website.
In the Graduate Division's electronic application website, you are required to upload the following documents in your application to UC Santa Barbara:
These documents are uploaded in the section "Statements & Supplemental Documents".
Additionally, unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended can be uploaded here (recommended).
Mail two copies of ALL post-secondary official transcripts to the MAT Department. Send to:
Media Arts and Technology
University of California, Santa Barbara
3309 Phelps Hall
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-6065
The portfolio is submitted as a link to a website, or part of a website, that documents the applicant’s accomplishments. Portfolios will differ according to the applicant’s background and interests; an ideal portfolio will exhibit both depth and interdisciplinary breath. Examples of portfolio content include:
Portfolio Link Visibility: Please note that, in the interest of openness and transparency in the admissions process, applicant portfolio links will be made visible to current MAT faculty and students. If an applicant wishes to provide confidential portfolio materials for review by the Admissions Committee only, then the applicant must state this clearly and must provide separate, confidential links for this purpose. This issue only pertains to portfolio links. All other application materials are confidential and will only be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
If you don't already have a personal website, and would like some tips on setting one up, visit Some Tips on Creating a Personal Website.
As a guide to help incoming students prepare for their graduate studies in the Media Arts and Technology program, please visit the Preparation for Incoming MAT Students page.