Art & Technology is an interdisciplinary studio art program focused on the creative use, misuse, and investigation of technology in an art-making practice. Students and faculty in this research area engage the meaning and material of science and technology through the production of interactive installations, electronic objects and interfaces, moving images, 3D modeling and animation, art games, tactical media, bio-art, performance, digital imaging, rapid prototyping, holography, Internet art, sound, and emerging forms.
The program is designed to help students discover an individual aesthetic and artistic vision through conceptualization, theory, and an awareness of history that critically engages the use of advanced science and technology. Students are encouraged to consider content, contexts, and approaches that may not fit within traditional definitions of art or display venues. Advanced technologies are explored as creative tools and as agents, which can lead to the production of new meaning, ideas, and artistic invention, all central to contemporary art.
Art and Technology offers a three-year MFA and a four-year BFA degree. Our courses also serve students pursuing the BA degree in Art, the minor in Studio Art, the minor in Video Arts, the major in Film Studies, the major in Design, and the major in Computer and Information Science, among others. The inclusion of students from other departments isencouraged, as all benefit from the transdisciplinary course environment.
The Art and Technology program is situated in one of the top art departments and public research universities in the world with vast conceptual and facility resources. In addition to three full-time professors focused on teaching and research in the area of Art & Technology, students also benefit from affiliated faculty in Film Studies, Physics, Sculpture, Photography, the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD), Glass, Biology, Architecture, Ceramics, Printmaking, and Nanotech West. Interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary experimentation that forges connections to other departments is encouraged.