Master of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication


The MA in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) cultivates creative practitioners, scholars and interdisciplinary researchers and is appropriate for candidates who want to advance their education through further study of technology and media or take an initial step toward a PhD in related fields.

Students learn foundational theories and methodologies that underpin technology and media studies, as well as contemporary debates in the fields. After their coursework, students pursue their own research questions for their theses.

The program also provides opportunities for students to refine their teaching through teaching assistantships, to attend and present at conferences through competitive scholarships, to engage with the core intellectual life of ATEC through the Dean’s Colloquium and other speaker series, and to collaborate in multiple research collectives. Faculty areas of expertise include global media studies, feminist media studies, critical play studies, games and learning, cultural and social scientific studies of media, digital health humanities, disability media studies, digital journalism, remix studies, public humanities, science and technology studies, art + science and animation.

Students are admitted to one of two pathways in the ATEC MA:

  • Interaction Design: Students use design research and media studies methods in the analysis and design of emerging technologies.*
  • Emerging Media Studies: Students use media and cultural studies methods to explore the histories and social implications of digital media and technologies.

Career Options

Career opportunities include, but are not limited to, education, writing/publishing, non-profit advocacy research, data visualization, user experience design, interaction design, interactive narrative and game design in a variety of industries.

Program Options

Application Requirements

Degree requirements: Previous academic degree (BA or BS, MA or MFA) in an appropriate field (i.e., Art, Computer Science).

GPA: A grade point average of 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.

Deadlines: For priority consideration for admission and funding, completed applications to the MA program must be received on or before December 15. If space remains, we will continue to accept applications in accordance with university deadlines. Students are accepted for the fall semester only.

ATEC is not currently accepting applications to the Interaction Design pathway. Applicants with an interest in Interaction Design are encouraged to review the other pathways to evaluate how they might intersect with their interests.

Other application requirements: Students applying to the MA program in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication should submit a personal statement describing research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae or resume, and an 8-10 page writing sample that demonstrates the best of their research experience.