The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) was formed as a result of a merger between the Visual Arts Program (VAP) and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in the summer of 2009. ACT emphasizes experimentation and transdisciplinary approaches to studio production in both traditional and new media. Students are encouraged to consider both the physical and the cultural context of their artworks/projects as central to their interpretation. Presentations on contemporary art as well as discussions in theory and criticism, and an understanding of research-based artistic practice complement studio production and the development of projects.
act courses have a strong focus on:
• Dialogues in art, architecture, urbanism, and the production of space
• Interventions in public spaces and the development of anti-monuments and new instruments of collective memory
• Interrogative design, body wear and nomadic devices
• Interfaces between visual art practices, the performative and the sonic
• Experiments with truth – using photographic and time-based media to blur conventional boundaries between documentary and fiction
• Art and Science / Science and Art – research-based artistic practices
Courses are taught by renowned practicing artists working in an international arena. The Program offers a variety of introductory courses to the general MIT student population, as well as courses tailored to undergraduates majoring in architecture. Advanced courses related to specific media and topics are offered as electives for both undergraduate and graduate students. MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology offers an undergraduate major, minor, or concentration, plus a highly selective two-year graduate program, leading to a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT) degree.