School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas invites applications for MA, MFA, PhD Programs

ATEC logo with student photos in the background
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 12:00am to Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 12:00am

The School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas invites applications for its graduate programs beginning in Fall 2017.  We seek students who appreciate the opportunities of cross-disciplinary education, who aspire to be visionary scholars, researchers, teachers and artists.

ATEC was founded in 2004 as a joint program between the School of Arts and Humanities and the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science.  In 2015, ATEC became the newest school at UT Dallas with a mission to develop transdisciplinary academic programs that span the fields of art, science, design, humanities, and social sciences.  

ATEC currently offers three graduate programs:  The Masters of Arts (MA), the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA), and the Ph.D.  Research areas for all graduate students include culture and technology studies, game studies, game development, computer animation, communication studies, critical media studies, media psychology, interaction design, and creative practice.

Current labs, studios, and research areas include:

* ArtSciLab
* Cultural Science Lab
* Creative Automata Lab
* Fashioning Circuits Lab
* Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab
* Institute for Research in Anticipatory Systems (ANTE)
* Narrative Systems Research Lab
* Public Interactives Research Lab (PIRL)
* Social Practice and Community Engagement Media (SP+CE) Lab
* 3-D Modeling Studio

Join the ATEC Adventure!

Collaboration is the foundation of every program.  Students collaborate with faculty, with each other, and with colleagues from other schools, institutions, museums, and galleries.

Faculty have training and expertise in multiple disciplines:  digital humanities, critical race studies, cultural studies, game studies, game design, animation, virtual reality, narrative theory, art & science, computer science, interaction design, visual arts, 3-D arts.  They are leaders in developing new hybrid research projects and experimental creative 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, usability lab, sound design recording spaces, game and media library, and a 3D art studio.  

ATEC faculty are dedicated teachers who embrace project-based learning, collaborative creative practice, and critical analysis and social science research methods.  Students are encouraged to join lab-based projects, collaborate on experimental art and media productions, and engage in critical and social scientific research.

Funding is available for outstanding doctoral students for 4 years of study.  Funding support includes two years of fellowship (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.

Requirements for application to the MA or MFA programs, students 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 for 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. Monica Evans, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs in ATEC

Graduate admission application deadline for consideration of funding and financial aid:  January 15, 2017.  Application details are available here.



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