ACT is excited to be named as one of the 15 Top Art Schools in the United States.
Here’s what Artsy had to say:
Created in 2009, MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) is the newest on our list. (We’re cheating every so slightly here, as the program is technically a Master of Science, not an MFA). It’s the product of a merger between the school’s Visual Arts Program and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, the latter of which was founded in 1967 by László Moholy-Nagy’s collaborator György Kepes and produced many successful interdisciplinary artists, such as Jill Magid and Michael Rakowitz. According to director Gediminas Urbonas, ACT “isn’t an art school in the traditional sense”—but of course, the boundaries between visual culture, research, and other fields are constantly eroding. ACT’s graduate program only admits six students per year and focuses on artistic practices that combine visual studies and experimentation, offering artists opportunities to work between other programs and labs at MIT. The faculty is small, but boasts the inimitable Joan Jonas as professor emerita.