Call for Fall 2019 Graduate Applications - Funded Positions Available

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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 2019. 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, computer science, design, humanities, and social sciences. 

Faculty have training and expertise in multiple disciplines

  • Animation and game design
  • Intersectional media studies
  • Visual and 3D arts
  • Computation and data analytics
  • Narrative and cultural theory
  • Media psychology
  • UX design
  • Public interactives
  • Quantitative media research
  • Art & science

Faculty and students collaborate on hybrid research projects, developing new methods of critical and creative practice. They are leaders in developing pedagogical approaches to foster cross disciplinary learning.



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. 

Graduate students are expected to participate in Creative Learning Environments, learning through shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration with faculty and peers. Creative Learning Environments include:

  • ArtSciLab
  • Cultural Science Lab
  • Creative Automata Lab
  • Emerging Gizmology Lab
  • Fashioning Circuits
  • Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab
  • LabSynthE
  • Laboratory of Media Psychology
  • Narrative Systems Research Lab
  • Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL)
  • Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPaCE) Media
  • Studio for Mediating Play

Join the ATEC Adventure!

ATEC offers three graduate programs: 

  • Master of Arts (MA)
    • Game Studies* | Interaction Design | Networked Cultures
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
    • Animation | Creative Practice | Game Development*
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) 

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, a CV, an example of academic writing, and evidence of creative practice or research experience. 

For details about ATEC graduate programs, visit

For information on upcoming info sessions or to ask questions about the doctoral program, please contact Ph.D. adviser Christine Messick (

For information on upcoming info sessions or to ask questions 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:  December 1, 2018.  Application details are available here.

UPDATE: Decisions on applications received on or before December 1 will be given priority. Applications are still being accepted, though applicants may not receive funding or may be admitted to a later term. 

*We are not currently admitting students into the Game Studies MA or Game Development MFA. MA applicants with an interest in Game Studies can be accommodated in the Networked Cultures MA. MFA applicants with an interest in Game Development are encouraged to explore the Animation or Creative Practice pathways. 



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