September 27, 2019

Graduate Student Open House 2019

Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT

ACT and NODE Berlin/Oslo and Bengler, On the Record: Broadcasting Workshop. Photo: Irina Chernyakova.

Considering a graduate degree in Art, Culture and Technology? Join us for the graduate open house. This is your chance to meet ACT faculty and students, familiarize yourself with the program, and learn how to prepare your application materials.

Register here for the open house.

Note: Online registration closes at 12pm on Friday, November 8; however, you can still register in person on the day of the event.

Application deadline: December 31, 2019

Artists and cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and innovative transdisciplinary practices are encouraged to apply. Admission is based on a careful examination of the applicant’s artistic and academic record, including relevant samples of completed work, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Admission to the graduate program is processed by the Department of Architecture and facilitated by MIT’s web-based admissions system. Learn more about the online application and portfolio requirements here.

Schedule of events
12pm: Lunch + registration
12:45pm: Q+A with current ACT graduate students
2pm: ACT facilities tour
3:15pm: Faculty presentations
4:30pm: Application, curriculum, financial aid + resources overview
5pm: Reception

The Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT is an academic program and hub of critical art practice, artistic intelligence and discourse within the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. ACT is headed by distinguished artist-professors and supported by a dynamic cast of practitioner graduate students and staff, visiting artist-lecturers, affiliates, and guests. Through an integrated approach to pedagogy, public event programming, exhibitions, and publications, ACT builds a community of artist-thinkers around the exploration of art’s complex conjunctions with culture and technology. ACT is not an art school in the traditional sense. The program’s mission is to promote leadership in critical artistic practice and deployment, developing art as a vital means of experimenting with new modes of knowledge, valuation, and expression; and to continually question what an artistic research and learning environment can be and do.

Born out of the 2009 merger between MIT’s influential Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS, founded in 1967 by György Kepes) and the Visual Arts Program (VAP, founded in 1989), ACT shares in a rich heritage of work expanding the notion of visual studies and enabling art to enlist science and technology in cultural production, critique, and dissemination at the civic scale.

As part of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, ACT inhabits a vibrant ecosystem of programs, centers, and research labs that continue to promote this interplay between science, technology, art, and design.

In addition to engaging in transdisciplinary projects with researchers in departments, labs, and centers at MIT, ACT faculty work with scholars and institutions in the US and around the globe including Iceland, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Finland, Norway, Germany, Bosnia, China, and Japan, bringing external reviewers, artists, speakers, and students to visit and collaborate with ACT students and faculty. The Office of the Arts at MIT extends the opportunities available to students for collaboration and exchange with internationally recognized artists and scholars.

Faculty: Judith Barry / Renée Green / Gediminas Urbonas / Azra Akšamija / Nida Sinnokrot / Lara Baladi / Mario Caro / Andy Graydon / Marisa Jahn/ Jesal Kapadia / Tobias Putrih / Rasa Smite / Raitis Smits

Schedule of events is subject to change.

Contact Drew Nichols (dnichols [​at​], ACT's Academic Assistant, or Marissa Friedman (marissaf [​at​], ACT's Communications and Public Programs Coordinator.

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