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Doctor of Philosophy in Arts and Technology


The program leading to the PhD in Arts and Technology is designed both for students wishing to teach arts-and-technology-related courses in colleges and universities and those who wish to develop new artistic, cultural or commercial applications of digital technology/emerging media. This program emphasizes the fusion of creative with critical thinking and theory with practice. Students seeking a PhD in Arts and Technology will normally complete a minimum of 60 semester credit hours (42 credit hours in course work and 18 credit hours in dissertation) beyond a master’s degree or its equivalent, pass doctoral field examinations and complete and defend a dissertation.

Program Information

School: School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Program: Arts and Technology

Catalog page: PhD

PhD in Arts and Technology Fact Sheet

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Bachelor's or master's degree in an appropriate field 

GPA: 3.3, especially in upper-division undergraduate and graduate work

Letters of recommendation: 3

Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals who can judge the candidate’s probability of success in graduate school. Use the electronic request form in the graduate application to submit the letters. Contact the graduate academic program department if you have any questions.

Admissions essay required: Yes

An admission essay presenting a research project demonstrating expertise and practice in the field of art, digital technologies, and/or emerging communications is required.

Other application requirements:

Evidence of previous course work and/or expertise in the creative arts and digital technology is required.


Christine Messick
Office: ATC 3.613

Possible Careers

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, the application of 3D computer animation, modeling and simulation, data visualization, virtual environments, sound design, digital fabrication, user experience design, interaction design, interactive narrative, game design in a variety of industries, as well as college and university teaching.

Salary Information

See Bureau of Labor Statistics for detailed salary information on these careers. Another great resource is the Occupational Outlook Handbook.