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Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Technology


The PhD  in arts and technology program is designed for both students wishing to teach arts and technology-related courses in colleges and universities, and for those who wish to develop new artistic, cultural or commercial applications of digital technology/new media. This program emphasizes the fusion of creative with critical thinking and theory with practice. Students will normally complete a minimum of 60 semester hours (42 hours in course work and 18 hours of dissertation) beyond a master’s degree or its equivalent, pass doctoral field examinations and complete and defend a dissertation.

Program Information

School: School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Program: Arts and Technology

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Arts and Technology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree in an appropriate field 

GPA: 3.3, especially in upper-division undergraduate and graduate work

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the completed Request for Recommendation form. Letters of recommendation may be sent directly to the program.

Admissions essay required: Yes

An admission essay presenting a research project demonstrating expertise and practice in the field of art, digital technologies, and/or emerging communications is required.

Other application requirements:

Evidence of previous course work and/or expertise in the creative arts and digital technology is required.


Christine Messick
Office: ATC 3.3.613

Possible Careers

Career opportunities include but are not limited to the application of 3-D computer animation, modeling and simulation, data visualization, virtual environments, sound design, digital fabrication, interaction design, interactive narrative, game design in a variety of industries and college and university teaching.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.