The Arts and Technology (ATEC) degree emphasizes the mutually productive interaction of technology with the arts, with specific emphasis on the interplay of visual art and narrative with the new modes of expression and communication that have emerged from the convergence of computing and media technologies. The program stresses not only the creation of, but also the potential applications and cultural implications of interactive media.
The ATEC program offers students networking, research and collaboration opportunities, preparing them for the fast-paced environment they will find when they join the work force. Research and production teams work on projects for clients including UT Southwestern, the Dallas Museum of Art and The U.S. Army.
Students who wish to major in Arts and Technology should complete:
Students graduating with an Arts and Technology degree embark on a highly competitive field with potential work opportunities in the entertainment, business, education, medical and science industries and more.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing postgraduate employment. Licensed counselors are available to provide strategies for mastering job interviews, writing professional cover letters and resumes and connecting with campus recruiters, among other services.
The BA in Arts and Technology requires students to channel selected coursework according to individual needs and specialties. Particular attention should be given to the prescribed electives for the major, and close consultation with academic advisors is highly recommended. Students majoring in ATEC may take courses in the following areas:
For more information, visit utdallas.edu/atec.
Students in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication are encouraged to explore the boundaries and the interrelationships of the major fields of study within the school. Consistent with its focus on the integration of the arts, sciences, humanities, communications and technology and a commitment to interdisciplinary education, the school has no conventional departments. Its curriculum is designed to allow study that crosses and transforms traditional disciplinary lines.
Bachelor of Arts: Arts and technology, emerging media and communication
Master of Arts: Arts and technology, emerging media and communication
Master of Fine Arts: Arts and technology
Doctor of Philosophy: Arts and technology
The Creative Automata Lab exists to explore how abstract foundation computing artifacts are represented. Representations include functions, equations, dynamic models and formal automata as well as the control and data involved in them.
The ArtSciLab exists to support transdisciplinary innovation that involves art, scientific research, technology development and education. Research includes collaboration between artists and scientists who seek to investigate problems of cultural timeliness and societal urgency.
antÉ— the Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems, which is open to all UT Dallas researchers, exists to prepare scientists, particularly those who seek to quantify anticipatory capabilities in high-performance physical and mental activities, aging and illness.
The Arts and Technology Sound Design Research Initiative is developing two deeply interrelated axes of research, production and teaching focusing on rendition of immersive auditory environments and sonification.
The Narrative Systems Research Lab pursues models of understanding, structural research and the creation of new work in the fields of narrative and interactive media.
The Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab performs research on state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) systems and 3D user interfaces (3DUIs). Researchers investigate the effects of system fidelity through user studies focused on performance, experience, learning and training.
The Sensing, Robotics, Vision, Control and Estimation (SeRViCE) Lab focuses on topics of control and estimation with applications in robotics, autonomous vehicles and sensor management. Researchers have expertise in vision-based control and estimation and nonlinear control.
The Visual Computing Laboratory focuses on VESTIGE - Visual Engineering for Specification, Transformation Integration, Generation and Evolution of digital information. The primary aim of this project framework is to develop visual programming and visual language technology and apply such technology to multimedia and web authoring and presentation, software engineering, digital document interchange, data mining and parallel and distributed programming.
The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication is housed in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building, a 155,000-square-foot facility. Inside are rooms for games, animation and sound design, a recording studio, a digital fabrication studio, a motion capture lab, anechoic chamber and a photography lab, as well as a 1,200-seat lecture hall.