November 6, 2009

The School of Art at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) announces new MFA program in Art and Technology

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

The Art and Technology Program in the School of Art will involve faculty and visiting artists whose work engages computer programming, web based systems, digital image making, digital sound design, immersive installation, digital video, interactive multimedia and hybrid performance. The curriculum will be integrated with studio based practices and open forums designed to foster dialogue between students and faculty.

This new area of art practice will explore recent technical developments and will focus on current social and political issues within the field of culture and technology. It will also help to expand the interdisciplinary exchanges that occur with other technology based programs at CalArts.

School of Art Dean, Thomas Lawson says, “This new program grows very naturally from the work we have seen in the Center for Integrated Media this past decade, and provides the Art School with a platform for growth that allows us to bring new, and more complex ways of working collaboratively into our already very rich mix. We are excited by the possibilities this opens up for us.”

Tom Leeser has been active in the field of art and technology for over twenty years as a digital media artist, writer, educator and curator. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Tom began his career as an experimental film and video artist, combining animation, found footage and diary based images into cinematic investigations into perception and narrativity. His film and video work along with his interactive installations and public performances have been shown at Telic Arts Exchange, MassMoca, The Santa Monica Museum of Art, The Kitchen, The Millennium, The Knitting Factory, Siggraph and film and video festivals worldwide.

“I’m extremely excited about the possibilities that will emerge from the new program,” Tom said. “The combination of the creative and critical sensibilities of the Art School at CalArts with the expanding field of technology and relational based practices will be at the very least, transformative. Growing out of the rich history of artistic experimentation and critical investigations that is the hallmark of CalArts, this new initiative will certainly push the boundaries of art making while challenging the conventional ideas about what constitutes an art practice in today’s contemporary networked culture.”

The School of Art offers programs for the professional training of fine artists, graphic designers and photographers. It actively promotes both the creative environment and the intellectual context for artistic experimentation. The School’s programs prepare graduates to thoughtfully challenge the prevailing conventions of artistic expression, develop new forms, and become innovators and leaders in their chosen fields.

Information on the program and application process is available at our website:

For further inquiries, contact Taryn Wolf, Associate Director of Admissions, Admissions Counselor, School of Art Program: Enrollment Management, Admissions Office Phone: 661.253.7857 Email: [email protected]

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