November 29, 2005


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

for fall 2006 semester entry

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MIT’s Visual Arts Program (VAP) was founded in 1988, and is embedded in MIT, a world-class educational institute positioned on the frontier of cutting-edge scientific and technological research. MIT is dedicated to providing its students with an education that combines rigorous academic study and the excitement of discovery with the support and intellectual stimulation of a diverse campus community.

VAP is a discipline group within the Department of Architecture under the umbrella of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. The Visual Arts Program operates as a production and education-based laboratory and expands its program and space under the new leadership of director Ute Meta Bauer.

VAP’s focus is on the development of critical visionary strategies in artistic practice within the context of an advanced technological community. VAP offers a small and highly selective two-year graduate program granting a Master of Science in Visual Studies degree, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses for the broader MIT community. Studio investigations are realized through performance, video, photography, manufactured objects, electronic systems, interrogative design as well as experimental media. The program considers artistic practice as knowledge production, and promotes an approach that challenges traditional genres, the limits of the gallery/museum context and explores the wider role and relevance of art in society.

Participants in VAP’s Master of Science in Visual Studies are encouraged to develop their own artistic vision and to freely explore the unparalleled research and technological resources of the MIT environment. Central to the graduate curriculum is the potential for its international participants to create links with other areas within the MIT community. Graduate students of VAP have the opportunity to develop collaborative, inter- and transdisciplinary relationships with programs, centers and labs in architecture, urban planning, media arts and sciences, mechanical engineering, and other MIT disciplines.

All VAP courses are taught by renowned practicing artists and cultural producers working in an international arena. 2005-06 faculty include Andrea Frank, Joe Gibbons, Wendy Jacob, Joan Jonas, Antonio Muntadas, Julia Scher, and Krzysztof Wodiczko, who also serves as director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) along with associate director Larissa Harris.

VAP has strong ties with CAVS, an artist’s fellowship program that commissions and produces new artworks and artistic research within the context of MIT. Graduate students in VAP have the opportunity to work on projects with the Center’s artist fellows and to participate in the ongoing dialogue fostered at the Center’s public events.

Artists/cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and experience interested in pursuing innovative artistic practice are encouraged to apply for the Master of Science in Visual Studies.

Admissions information to the Master of Science in Visual Studies is through the Department of Architecture:


To download an MIT graduate application please fill out this form:

Please send applications to:

Department of Architecture


MIT, Room 7-337

77 Massachusetts Ave.

Cambridge, MA 02139


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