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Graduate Program in Intermedia

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The Sculpture & Intermedia Program at the University of Iowa prioritizes conversation that invites multiple perspectives into the process of self-discovery and supports each student’s pathway through the field of contemporary ideas and art practice.  Sculpture & Intermedia is comprised of two distinct disciplines that have a rich history and symbiosis in the School. This purposeful union enhances creative opportunities for students and fosters new avenues for research. 

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La Mar Barber, MFA 2016

Our MA/MFA Intermedia experience emphasizes the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical development of our students' individual practices, contextualized by current discourse in contemporary art and cultural production.  Graduate assistantships and competitive fellowships provide MA/MFA students with full tuition waivers and an opportunity to teach during part of their graduate study. 

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Melissa Airy, MFA 2020

All Intermedia MA/MFA graduate students receive shared computer-equipped studio spaces and have unlimited access to facilities outfitted with the latest technology for video and sound production, time-based work, and creative research.  Additionally, there are six galleries through the School of Art and Art History, where students can book exhibition space.  Students work with faculty who are exhibiting artists with active studio practices. Our program also has dedicated Instructional Services Specialist who are expert technicians in the studio.  

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Heidi K. Bartlett, MFA 2015

With an MFA in Intermedia, graduates have established successful careers in art professions, higher education, nonprofits, and business. In addition to maintaining active creative and research practices, alumni have found teaching positions at some of the country's best academic institutions including: Carnegie Mellon, Alfred University, the University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, the College of Creative Studies at Wayne State University, Texas State University, and the University of Maine.

Visiting Speakers in Scultpure and Intermedia

Grad Archive, Intermedia
Grad Archive, Sculpture


Isabel Barbuzza, Daniel MillerTony Orrico


In the Sculpture & Intermedia program, we offer top-tier Intermedia facilities, including state-of-the-art Mac-based labs support high-definition video production and 5.1 channel surround sound engineering. Video projectors, Smart TVs, HD and 4K Canon cameras (both video and DSLR), Rode microphones, Lowel light kits, Tascam audio recorders, speakers, high-capacity external hard drives, tripods, and other accessories are available for checkout by our students. We share digital printing facilities with Graphic Design and offer gallery, project, and studio spaces for the development and presentation of new work.  Students have opportunity to gain access to a fully equipped woodshop and a foundry/fabrication area.   In the Prototyping Area, our students can utilize an electronics lab and the latest computer-aided fabrication tools, including CNC plasma cutter, 4x4 laser cutter, CNC router, and 3D printing. 

Banner Image: Jake Jones, MFA 2021