The Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is part of a vibrant arts scene at MIT and fosters and develops collaborative relationships with programs in architecture, urban planning, media arts and sciences, mechanical engineering, and other disciplines. The arts@mit website is a useful place to start to learn more about arts on campus.
- Department of Architecture
- Comparative Media Studies — (CMS)
- History, Theory and Criticism (HTC)
- Media Lab–Media Arts and Science (MAS)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)
department of architecture
The Department of Architecture is a rich and varied educational environment for the study and practice of architecture and art. It has strong traditions of concern for human values, and for finding appropriate roles for architecture in society.
cms – comparative media studies
Comparative Media Studies is the examination of media technologies and their cultural, social, aesthetic, political, ethical, legal, and economic implications. The CMS Program offers a two-year course of study leading to a Masters of Science degree and an undergraduate BSAD degree.
htc – history, theory and criticism
HTC’s mission has been to generate advanced research within MIT’s School of Architecture and to promote critical and theoretical reflection within the disciplines of architectural and art history. Commitment to depth and diversity is an integral part of HTC’s identity and one of the reasons for the success of its students, who come to Cambridge from around the world.
media lab – media arts and science – mas
In its first decade, much of the Laboratory’s activity centered around abstracting electronic content from its traditional physical representations, helping to create now-familiar areas such as digital video and multimedia. Increasingly, the Media Lab focuses on how electronic information overlaps with the everyday physical world. The Laboratory pioneered collaboration between academia and industry and provides a unique environment to pursue basic research and explore its applications without regard to traditional divisions among disciplines.
sts – science, technology, and society
This program attempts to increase understanding of the human-built world. In this world, science and technology have broken through the walls of industry and of the laboratory to become an inextricable and determining element of nature, culture, and history. Faculty and students in the Program address two basic, interrelated questions: how did science and technology evolve as human activities and what role do they play in the larger civilization?
csail – computer science and artificial intelligence lab
The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is an interdisciplinary laboratory of over 200 people who seek to understand the nature of intelligence and to engineer systems that exhibit intelligence. CSAIL’s intellectual goal is to understand how the human mind works. CSAIL researchers believe that vision, robotics, and language are the keys to understanding intelligence, and as such their laboratories are much more heavily biased in these directions than many other Artificial Intelligence laboratories