ACT Graduate Program Admissions Overview
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology seeks committed, inquisitive and creative students for a selective two-year program which grants successful participants a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT) degree. Currently the program admits six students a year. The program focuses on researched-based artistic practice, advanced visual studies and experimentation, and offers opportunities for transdisciplinary relationships with other programs and labs at MIT. The program culminates in a final project and a written thesis.
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the program before applying. Please see the page link at sidebar, “Visit ACT.”
All SMACT applicants must submit the MIT Application for Graduate Admission. The application materials consist of: application, transcripts, three recommendations, statement of objectives, and documentation of fulfillment of English Proficiency Requirement (if applicable). ACT does not require GREs. In addition to the online/paper application, candidates must submit a portfolio. Click on the link to the right for more information on portfolios. Applications and portfolios are due December 31 for admission September of the following year.
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology program is part of the Department of Architecture at MIT (at MIT the Department of Architecture is also known as Course 4). Applications to ACT are collected by the Department of Architecture Admissions Office. Portfolios and any materials that must be mailed (such as transcripts) should be sent to the Department of Architecture Admissions Office. Please do NOT send any materials directly to ACT. Also, inquiries about the application process are also handled by the Department of Architecture Admissions Office.
MIT Department of Architecture
Attn: Admissions (SMACT Degree)
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 7-337
Cambridge, MA 02139
A note on the degree name
The MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP), which was renamed in 2009 MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), awarded a Master of Science in Visual Studies (SMVisS). In 2011, the degree was renamed the Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT).