What is ACT?
The Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is an academic department and research center, part of the Department of Architecture, that 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.
The HASS Requirement
All MIT undergraduates must select a HASS concentration to meet their General Institute Requirements.
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.
Where Do I Start?
Non-Architecture students looking to explore arts offerings start by taking Introduction to the Visual Arts (4.301). Architecture students take 4.302, which is geared for course 4 students. Upon completion of 4.301 or 4.302, or with permission of the instructor, students can take more advanced subjects in the visual arts. Artistic practices range from the personal narrative of the video diary to collaborative public projects that invite community participation.
Starting with the class of 2016, students will use https://studentformsandpetitions.mit.edu to submit their HASS concentration proposal and completion forms.
Students in the class of 2015 and others who began the process on paper must complete the process on paper, submitting a Concentration Proposal Form and a Concentration Completion Form to Val Grimm, who will obtain the concentration advisor‘s signature. Forms are available at the ACT academic office (E15-213).
Four subjects are required: THREE from Group A and ONE in Group B. Of the three from Group A, two will be introductory subjects and one will be intermediate/advanced. 4.302 is not designated as a HASS class.
A: ART, CULTURE & TECHNOLOGY
4.301 Intro. to Visual Arts
* 4.302 Foundations in the Visual Arts & Design (course 4 majors only)
4.320 Intro. to Sound Creations
4.322 Intro. to Three-Dimensional Artwork
4.330 Intro. to Networked Cultures & Participatory Media
4.341 Intro. to Photography & Related Media
4.354 Intro. Video & Related Media
4.307 Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Dialogue
4.312 Adv. Studio on the Production of Space
4.314 Adv. Wkshp in Artistic Practice & Transdisciplinary Research
4.332 Adv. Seminar in Networked Cultures & Participatory Media
4.344 Adv. Photography & Related Media
4.352 Adv. Video & Related Media
4.356 Cinematic Migrations
4.361 Performance Art Workshop
4.373 Adv. Projects in Visual Arts
4.368 Studio Seminar in Public Art / Public Sphere
B: HISTORY OF ART
4.601 Intro. to Art History
4.602 Modern Art & Mass Culture
4.606 Visual Perception & Art
4.609 Seminar in the History of Art & Architecture
4.641 19th-Century Art
4.651 Art Since 1940 (CI-H)
* 4.671 Nationalism, Internationalism & Globalism in Modern Art
* 4.673 Installation Art
*= not designated as HASS class
HASS Concentration forms:
All students must submit a Concentration Proposal Form and a Concentration Completion Form. Forms are available from the Office of the HASS Requirement (12-126), the Student Services Center (11-120), and at the ACT office (E15-213). The completed forms are distributed as follows: the white copy goes to the ACT office and the yellow copy goes to the Office of the HASS Requirement in room 12-126.
Including other subjects
Under special conditions, the Field Advisor may approve an undergraduate independent study subject or a graduate level subject not listed if there are convincing reasons for including it in the concentration; no more than one subject can be used this way. An Independent Study Project form must be completed and submitted to Renee Caso in the Department of Architecture Headquarters, 7-337.