Art and Technology Studies

Art and Technology Studies (ATS) is a fine art department focused on the use of technology as an art medium. The department’s roots are the Kinetics area established in 1969 by Steve Waldeck and the Generative Systems area created in 1970 by Sonia Sheridan.

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The fusion of these two areas unified the department and established the foundation of its experimental ethos. Unlike other disciplines that use technology at the service of traditional forms, faculty and students in Art and Technology Studies employ technology itself as their medium. Works produced in ATS are often time-based, interactive, immersive, multi-sensory or hybrids of retro and cutting-edge technologies. In its current configuration, ATS teaches numerous courses in the following disciplines: Programming, Light, Kinetics & Electronics, Audio, AR, VR & Games, Bio Art, and History & Theory. The department also teaches courses in Exploratory areas that fall outside these disciplines, such as Poetic Systems, and Olfactory Art, to name a few.