UT Dallas School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication ATEC

About ATEC

Created in 2015, the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication merged two long-running programs at UTD: the program in Arts and Technology and the program in Emerging Media and Communication. As a School, ATEC serves more than 1,500 students, including 100 masters students (MA and MFA) and 40 doctoral students.

ATEC faculty include artists, designers, computer scientists, social scientists, cultural theorists, and reflective practitioners who seek to collaborate on intentional future-making through the creation of new cultural forms, the design of new technological experiences, the production of new knowledge, and the transformation of the culture industries. 

ATEC students are taught to be conversant across the discourses of art / science / design / engineering / humanities. They are expected to gain foundational knowledge in multiple disciplinary areas of expertise. They learn how to engage with different modes of knowledge production, different methods of analysis, and different research and creative practices.


What Do We Do?


With the leadership of inaugural Dean Anne Balsamo, faculty welcomes the opportunities and challenges of teaching in a multidisciplinary school that values collegial open-mindedness and supports collaboration across differences. Faculty demonstrates a commitment to teaching excellence, active scholarship, and service within the academic unit, university, and profession.



Labs and Studios

The ArtSciLab

The ArtSciLab exists to support transdisciplinary innovation that involves art, scientific research, technology development, and education. Research includes collaboration between artists and scientists who seek to investigate problems of cultural timeliness and societal urgency.

The Creative Automata Lab

Explore how abstract foundation computing artifacts are represented. Representations include functions, equations, dynamic models, and formal automata as well as the control and data involved in them.

antÉ Institute

The antÉ Institute for Research in Antcipatory Systems is open to all UT Dallas researchers and exists to prepare scientists, particularly those who seek to quantify anticipatory capabilities in high-performance physical and mental activities, aging, and illness.

3-D Fabrication Studio

The 3-D Fabrication Studio is a collaborative center for innovation and creativity built around core technologies that employ computer numeric controlled devices (CNC) to the creation of objects. Students from multiple disciplines learn about design and problem-solving through hands-on formal and informal workshops.

Fashioning Circuits Lab

Fashioning Circuits is a public humanities project that combines scholarship, university coursework, and community engagement. The goal of the project is twofold: to explore the ways in which fashion and emerging media intersect and to work with community partners to introduce beginners to making and coding through the arts and humanities. In Fashioning Circuits “fashion” functions not just as a noun to describe cultural trends, but also as a verb, “to fashion,” to indicate the experiential and problem - based learning strategies of the project as well as the potential for a diverse range of students to fashion themselves as members of the publics and counterpublics of the future.


The Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab performs research on state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) systems and 3D user interfaces (3DUIs). Researchers investigate the effects of system fidelity through user studies focused on performance, experience, learning, and training.


The Sensing, Robotics, Vision, Control and Estimation (SeRViCE) Lab focuses on topics of control and estimation with applications in robotics, autonomous vehicles, and sensor management.

Public Interactives Research Lab

The Public Interactives Research Lab investigates how emerging technologies will transform urban media landscapes. Researchers create new technologies that draw on developments in ubiquitous computing, public art, and environmental design to create new interactive public experiences.

The Narrative Systems Research Lab

The Narrative Systems Research Lab pursues models of understanding, structural research, and the creation of new work in the fields of narrative and interactive media.

SP&CE Media Lab

The Social Practice and Community Engagement Media Lab, aka SP&CE Media Lab, fosters knowledge exchange among diverse communities, creates visibility for existing projects that focus on social awareness and community engagement, and facilitates the development of new community-focused projects and collaborations within the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and with other disciplines at UT Dallas. SP&CE Media Lab is co-directed by Professors Olivia Banner, xtine burrough, and Kim Knight.