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Certificate Time-Based and Interactive Media

 Course Level
Certificate / Diploma
Full Time

1 Year
 Start month

 Tuition fee

31920 USD
31920 USD

Application fee

International 80 USD
National 80 USD
School of Design
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1600
ACT (avg)32

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About this course

The Time Based and Interactive Media Certificate Program is suited for graduate students and professionals who wish to develop skills with the moving image, digital technology and interactivity. The curriculum will enable applicants to engage in new technologies and skills that could be incorporated into their practice, or extend their knowledge to improve their career opportunities.

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Eligibility Criteria

Eng lang – On the TOEFL-iBT exam (Internet-Based Test), competitive applicants tend to have a composite score of 100 and above (the exam is scaled from 0-120, with 120 being a perfect score) with demonstrated consistency on each section of the exam (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). On the Paper- Based TOEFL, Penn tends to admit students with a score of 600 and above (the exam is scaled from 310 to 677, with 677 being a perfect score).

  • IELTS - 7.0
  • SAT - 1600
  • ACT - 32

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Course Modules

The program track requires 5 CU’s (course units), including required courses, electives and one graduate seminar, to be completed within six semesters to earn the certificate. All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree to be consid- ered for admission. Applications for spring admission are due on November 1 and for fall admission on January 14. An application and interview are required. Applicants who are not enrolled in PennDesign graduate programs must submit portfolios containing slides, digital images, printed images, books, video, or interactive projects. Digital and video portfolios should follow the guidelines for the MFA portfolios. Video should be limited to excerpts which total less than 10 minutes. All interactive and time-based projects should include synopses or guides for interaction. Web sites and interactive projects must include a list of technical requirements. Portfolios will be returned only if a properly stamped and return-addressed envelope is included. While taking all reasonable care, the school cannot be held responsible for any damage to the work or portfolio.

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How to Apply

Application Fee
An application fee of $80 must be submitted by credit card.

A scanned transcript from each college or university attended for credit must be uploaded into the application. In addition, unless you submit a WES evaluation, you must have one official transcript (sealed and stamped) from each college or university attended for credit sent directly to the PennDesign Office of Admissions, 110 Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311.

Letters of Recommendation
You must submit three letters of recommendation with at least two from college instructors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may submit recommendations from employers or others in a position to evaluate their professional abilities and academic potential. You will need your evaluators’ e-mail addresses when you fill out the recommendation section of the application.

Personal Statement
You must upload a personal statement, no more than 500 words long, describing your background, interest in your field, and your academic and career objectives. Your personal statement should describe your background, your interest in the field to which you are applying, and your academic and career objectives. You should be as specific as you can about the area in which you plan to study. If you are an MFA applicant, you should include your ideas, as well as the stylistic and conceptual priorities for your work.

You must upload a résumé including employment, activities, community service, education, and academic or professional honors.

International applicants whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate training has not been conducted in the English language must submit satisfactory certification of adequate English proficiency sufficient to pursue graduate study, both comprehension and expression in the spoken and written word. Applicants must submit scores of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic), Pearson's PTE Academic, or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). We suggest a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL 68 for the PTE Academic, or a band score of 7.5 for the IELTS, but these are not cut-off scores and we will review any complete application we receive. If you have spent a minimum of 4 years in an English-speaking institution (for your Bachelor's, for example), you will not be required to submit a TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS score.

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