Photo - Morgan Sayers, “Waste”, 2012, Performance, Photo courtesy the artist.
The MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts & Media fosters innovative dialog between the fine, performing, and media arts. Students incorporate emerging technologies with traditional materials and art processes in a diverse array of creative outcomes that include embodied experiences, participatory artifacts, interactive environments, movement / performance-based instruments, experimental multi-channel audio works, augmented reality, networked practices, public media art interventions, and hybrid installations. Students are empowered to interrogate the value systems embedded in our media tools, deploy design thinking as a tactical disruption of studio practice, and develop command of creative languages: computational, material, gestural, natural & visual.
This program encourages students to create a body of work that reflects the complexity of their world. They are asked to consider the context for that work—who is the audience, where will it be seen, how will it be presented? The emphasis on both creative practice and professional practice gives students an advantage—to become innovative practitioners and sophisticated professionals who understand how to position themselves in the contemporary art landscape.
The Interdisciplinary Arts Department has three graduate degrees; we encourage students to embrace the permeable nature of our programs to investigate a vast array of department offerings including studio courses in artists books, hand papermaking, printmaking, video, electronics, sound, interaction, performance, installation, and creative writing, and theory/practice courses addressing topics such as autobiographical art, the body, visual narratives, and art+science collaborations.
Our graduate students are enriched by a Visiting Artist program that allows for meaningful interaction through seminars, workshops, lectures, and individual critiques with internationally renowned practitioners. Recent visiting artists include: Laura Anderson Barbata, Timothy Barrett, Zoe Beloff, Tania Brughera, Julie Chen, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Eungie Joo, Daniel Kelm, Amos Kennedy, Alison Knowles, Ligorano/Reese, Lucy Lippard, Mary Lucier, Christina McPhee, Bill Viola, Paul Wong, Trevor Paglen, Triple Canopy, Andrea Polli, Bob Stein, Chris Salter, and Pamela Z.
Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Program Director
Paul Catanese – firstname.lastname@example.org
916 S. Wabash Ave Suite 203
Chicago, Illinois 60605
United States of America