October 21, 2021

Graduate open house

Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT

Nida Sinnokrot, Advanced Workshop in Artistic Practice and Transdisciplinary Research, 2019. Photo: Gary Zhexi Zhang.

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

Register here to join us via Zoom on Tuesday, November 16 at 10am EST and/or Thursday, November 18 at 6pm EST.

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 objectives, and letters of recommendation. Admission to the graduate program is processed by the Department of Architecture and facilitated by MIT’s web-based admission system. Learn more about the online application and portfolio requirements here.

Schedule of events: Each session will include an application, curriculum, financial aid and resources overview; ACT production and fabrication resources; Q&A with current ACT graduate students and alumni; and faculty presentations.

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. The Art, Culture, and Technology (ACT) program at MIT 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.

Faculty: Azra Akšamija, Judith Barry, Renée Green, Gediminas Urbonas, Nida Sinnokrot, Lara Baladi, Mario Caro, Marisa Jahn, Jesal Kapadia, Tobias Putrih

Contact: Nina Palisano (palisano [​at​], ACT's Academic and Administrative Liaison, or Marissa Friedman (marissaf [​at​], ACT's Marketing and Communications Manager.

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