ACT offers a diverse range of subjects, from courses exploring media that include photography, video, and sound, to examinations of cinema, public art, and the intersections of art and culture in the public sphere.
Students looking to explore ACT offerings start by taking either Introduction to the Visual Arts (4.301) or Foundations in the Visual Arts for Architecture Majors (4.302). Both of these subjects introduce students to artistic practice and aesthetic analysis through studio work and lectures. Projects evolve through stages of conceptual and material development to final presentation. Upon completion of 4.301 or 4.302, or with permission of the instructor students can take more advanced subjects in the Art, Culture, and Technology Program. Emphasis is placed on conceptual development and experimental approaches to studio production in both traditional and new media. Artistic practices range from the personal narrative of the video diary to collaborative public projects that invite community participation.
Students looking to further their studies can major in Art, Culture and Technology through the Department of Architecture discipline stream, declare a HASS minor in Art, Culture, and Technology, or fulfill their HASS Concentration Requirement within ACT.
All MIT undergraduate and graduate students may take courses at Harvard University and Wellesley College. However, only undergraduate students may cross-register at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School at the Museum of Fine Arts. Please visit the website of the MIT Registrar for more information. The transfer credit evaluator for ACT is Gediminas Urbonas.