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On the Record: Broadcasting Workshop with ACT and NODE Berlin/Oslo and Bengler. Photo: Irina Chernyakova.
On the Record: Broadcasting Workshop with ACT and NODE Berlin/Oslo and Bengler. Photo: Irina Chernyakova.

November 8, 2019, 11:30 am

Considering a graduate degree in Art, Culture and Technology? Join us for the Graduate Open House. This is your chance to meet our faculty and students, familiarize yourself with our program, and learn how to prepare your application materials.


Note: Online registration closes at 12pm on Friday, November 8; however, you can still register in person on the day of the event!

Application Deadline: December 31, 2019
Artists and cultural producers with diverse backgrounds and innovative transdisciplinary practices are encouraged to apply. Admission is based on a careful examination of the applicant’s artistic and academic record, including relevant samples of completed work, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation. Admission to the graduate program is processed by the Department of Architecture and facilitated by MIT’s web-based admission system. Learn more about the online application and portfolio requirements here.

Schedule of Events*:

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM | Lunch + Registration
Opportunity to visit ACT Graduate Student Studios

12:45 PM | Faculty Presentations

2:00 PM | ACT Facilities Tour

3:15 PM | Q+A with Current ACT Graduate Students

4:30 PM | Application, Curriculum, Financial Aid + Resources Overview

5:00 PM | Reception
Opportunity to see Joan Jonas: Sources and Methods, and Holography and CAVS exhibitions, plus a digital PechaKucha of current student work.

ACT Graduate Student Open House 2018 Q+A from ACTMIT on Vimeo.


The Master of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology at MIT is an academic program and hub of critical art practice, artistic intelligence and discourse within the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT. ACT is headed by distinguished artist-professors and supported by a dynamic cast of practitioner graduate students and staff, visiting artist-lecturers, affiliates, and guests. Through an integrated approach to pedagogy, public event programming, exhibitions, and publications, ACT builds a community of artist-thinkers around the exploration of art’s complex conjunctions with culture and technology. ACT is not an art school in the traditional sense. The program’s mission is to promote leadership in critical artistic practice and deployment, developing art as a vital means of experimenting with new modes of knowled! ge, valuation, and expression; and to continually question what an artistic research and learning environment can be and do.

Born out of the 2009 merger between MIT’s influential Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS, founded in 1967 by György Kepes) and the Visual Arts Program (VAP, founded in 1989), ACT shares in a rich heritage of work expanding the notion of visual studies and enabling art to enlist science and technology in cultural production, critique, and dissemination at the civic scale.

As part of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning, ACT inhabits a vibrant ecosystem of programs, centers, and research labs that continue to promote this interplay between science, technology, art, and design.

In addition to engaging in transdisciplinary projects with researchers in departments, labs, and centers at MIT, ACT faculty work with scholars and institutions in the US and around the globe including Iceland, Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, UK, Finland, Norway, Germany, Bosnia, China, and Japan, bringing external reviewers, artists, speakers, and students to visit and collaborate with ACT students and faculty. The Office of the Arts at MIT extends the opportunities available to students for collaboration and exchange with internationally recognized artists and scholars.

Judith Barry / Renée Green / Gediminas Urbonas / Azra Akšamija / Nida Sinnokrot / Lara Baladi / Mario Caro / Andy GraydonMarisa Jahn/ Jesal KapadiaTobias Putrih / Rasa Smite / Raitis Smits


ACT Open House Application and Financial Information from ACTMIT on Vimeo.


*Schedule of events is subject to change.