Music (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), DMA

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The DMA program in music with a concentration in interdisciplinary digital media is a unique collaboration of the School of Music and School of Arts, Media and Engineering. This degree program is designed for students who have interests and the creative skills to work within a cross-section of the arts and sciences.

Program offerings extend beyond typical music coursework of the School of Music, to allow more opportunities for digital sound and experimental media projects.

The program also allows the School of Music and its students to be actively involved in current developments in the ever-changing field of media and digital culture. The state-of-the-art media facilities of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and its hybrid arts-engineering faculty and courses in electronic music are invaluable assets to music students, with resources that complement existing and future courses in electronic music.

This program provides extensive faculty interaction from both the School of Music and the School of Arts, Media and Engineering.

Program Offered

Music (Interdisciplinary Digital Media), DMA

Offered by
Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts


Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application Requirements

Application Procedures + Requirements

Application Deadlines
Spring 2021: October 1, 2020
Fall 2021: December 1, 2020

Curriculum Checksheet

Checksheets break down the course requirements for each degree program.

Interdisciplinary Digital Media + Performance (DMA)

Affording Grad School

Music Scholarships
All applicants are automatically considered for merit based scholarships, with priority given to those who audition and/or interview on-campus.

Teaching Assistantships
Teaching assistantships are offered to graduate students who convey exceptional ability. Learn more about TA benefits, eligibility and application procedures.

Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Program Requirements

Required Core (25-27 credit hours)
Music Theory Core Area (12-19)
Music History Core Area (6-15)

Concentration (33 credit hours)
MTC 523 Advanced Composition (6)
MTC 723 Advanced Composition (6)
Arts, Media and Engineering coursework (21)

Electives (9-11 credit hours)

Research (9 credit hours)
MTC 792 Research (9)

Culminating Experience (12 credit hours)
MTC 799 Dissertation (12)

Additional Curriculum Information
Completion of diagnostic exams in music history and music theory is required of all new graduate music students prior to enrollment in the ASU School of Music.

Concentration coursework for the Arts, Media and Engineering area must be from the AME prefix.

This program accepts up to 30 credit hours from a previously awarded master's degree with approval from the academic unit and the Graduate College that may be used toward the hours required for the elective and concentration coursework.

Additional information on degree requirements for all graduate music programs may be found on the check sheets posted here: