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 2020. We seek students who appreciate the opportunities of cross-disciplinary education and who aspire to be visionary scholars, researchers, teachers, and artists. With a strong record of funding MA, MFA, and PhD students, ATEC may be the program you are looking for!
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
- 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.
Graduate students are expected to participate in Creative Learning Environments, learning through shoulder-to-shoulder collaboration with faculty and peers. Creative Learning Environments include:
- Cultural Science Lab
- Creative Automata Lab
- Emerging Gizmology Lab
- Fashioning Circuits
- Narrative Systems Research Lab
- Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL)
- Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPaCE) Media
- Studio for Mediating Play
Programs and Funding
ATEC is accepting applications to three graduate programs for the Fall 2020 cohort:
Master of Arts (MA)
- Pathway in Emerging Media Studies
- Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
- Pathways in Animation; Creative Practice
- Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD)
Funding is available for doctoral students for 4 years of study. Funding support includes one year of research and three years of teaching assistantships (years 2-4). Tuition is covered by the School.
Qualified students in the MA and MFA programs may also be funded through research assistantships and teaching assistantships. In the Fall 2019 cohort, we funded the majority of our incoming MA and MFA students.
For details about ATEC graduate programs, visit utdallas.edu/atec/about.
Join the ATEC Adventure!
Applicants to the MA programs must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in a relevant field and submit a statement of purpose, CV, and an academic writing sample. There is also an option to submit a creative portfolio in addition to the aforementioned materials.
Applicants to the MFA programs must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited school in a relevant field and submit a portfolio with a statement of purpose 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 statement of purpose, a CV, an example of academic writing, and evidence of creative practice or research experience.
For information on upcoming info sessions or to ask questions about the doctoral program, please contact Ph.D. adviser Christine Messick (Christine.firstname.lastname@example.org).
For information on upcoming info sessions or to ask questions about the MA and MFA programs, please contact graduate adviser Brenda Freeman (Brenda.email@example.com).
General inquiries can be sent to Dr. Kim Knight, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in ATEC (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Application deadline for priority admission and consideration of funding and financial aid: January 6, 2020. Application details are available here.