The Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is an academic department and research center which facilitates artist-thinkers’ exploration of art’s broad, complex, global history and conjunction with culture, science, technology, and design via rigorous critical artistic practice and practice driven theory.

This exploration occurs in the program’s academic offerings and the research of faculty, fellows, and guests in individual and collaborative forms and media including cinema, video, sound, performance, photography, experimental media and new genres, conceptual, sculptural, and spatial experiments, writings and publications. Critical thinking, knowledge mining, and creative engagement, along with explorations of changing public and private spheres, are of particular relevance. Extracurricular activities include a cross-disciplinary lecture series, field trips, workshops, studio visits, and public presentations.

ACT’s undergraduate offerings include a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree program and a HASS minor and concentration. The selective two year graduate program grants a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT).

The ACT is part of the Department of Architecture, within the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.