Call for Applications - MA, MFA, PhD Programs in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas

Call for Applications - MA, MFA, PhD Programs in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas

Dear Colleagues, 

Please circulate the call for applications widely to those to whom it may be of interest. 

Of particular note for PhD applicants is that the Eugene McDermott Graduate Fellows Program at UT Dallas is a four-year Fellowship award package that includes, annually:
•  12-month stipend of $36,000
•  health insurance
•  tuition & fees
•  discretionary budget of $10,000
•  professional development and other enrichment opportunities
Deadline for funding consideration as a McDermott Fellow or TA is January 15, 2018. 

Apply Now!

The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

At The University of Texas at Dallas

The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at The University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for its MA/MFA/PhD programs beginning in Fall 2018.  We seek students who appreciate the opportunities of cross-disciplinary education and who aspire to be visionary scholars, researchers, teachers, and artists.

Transdisciplinary Collaboration

ATEC is the newest school at UT Dallas and has a mission to develop transdisciplinary academic programs that span the fields of art, science, design, humanities, and social sciences. 

Faculty have training and expertise in multiple disciplines:  digital humanities, critical race studies, intersectional media studies, cultural studies, game studies, game design, animation, virtual reality, narrative theory, art & science, visual arts, 3-D arts, media psychology, and social scientific studies of media.  They are leaders in developing hybrid research projects and experimental creative and teaching practices.


ATEC is housed in the newly constructed Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building.  Opened in 2014, the 155,000 sq ft facility includes computer labs, fabrication and maker spaces, faculty research labs, motion capture labs, a usability lab, sound design recording spaces, a games and media library, and a 3D art studio. 

Labs and studios include:

  • * 3D Modeling Studio
  • * ArtSciLab
  • * Cultural Science Lab
  • * Creative Automata Lab
  • * Emerging Gizmology Lab
  • * Fashioning Circuits Lab
  • * Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab
  • * Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems (ANTE)
  • * LabSynthE
  • * Laboratory of Media Psychology
  • * Narrative Systems Research Lab
  • * Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL)
  • * Social Practice and Community Engagement (SP&CE) Media Lab

Graduate students are encouraged and expected to collaborate in Lab/Studio experiences.

Join the ATEC Adventure!

ATEC offers three graduate programs: 

*Master of Arts (MA)

Game Studies | Networked Cultures

*Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Animation | Creative Practice | Game Development

*Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Funding is available for outstanding doctoral students for 4 years of study.  Funding support includes two years of research assistantships (year 1 and year 4) and two years of teaching assistantships (year 2 and year 3).  Tuition is covered by the School.  Students in the MA and MFA programs may also be funded through research assistantships and teaching assistantships.

Applicants to the MA or MFA programs must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in a relevant field, and submit a portfolio with a written essay of interest and examples of creative and/or critical work.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have earned a master’s level degree in a relevant field, and submit a portfolio that includes a written essay of interest, an example of academic writing, and evidence of creative practice or research experience. 

For details about ATEC graduate programs, visit

For further information about the doctoral program, please contact Ph.D. adviser Christine Messick (

For information about the MA and MFA programs, please contact graduate adviser Ellen Curtis (

General inquiries can be sent to Dr. Kim Knight, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in ATEC (

Application deadline for priority admission and consideration of funding and financial aid:  January 15, 2018. 

Application details are available here.



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