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Master of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Curriculum

With a diverse group of faculty and a curriculum that integrates scholarly study with creative practice, the Master of Arts (M.A.) in ATEC cultivates creative practitioners, scholars, and interdisciplinary researchers. The M.A. programs are appropriate for candidates who want to advance their undergraduate education through further study of technology and media or to take an initial step toward a Ph.D. 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 undertake independent work by branching out to pursue their own research questions for their theses.

The program also provides opportunities for M.A. students to refine their teaching practice 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 with peers and faculty members in multiple research labs. 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 three pathways in the ATEC MA:

Game Studies: In the Game Studies ATEC MA pathway, students use media studies methods to understand the historical development of games and to explore the impact of games and play in education, art, and culture.

Networked Culture: In the Networked Cultures ATEC MA pathway, students use media and cultural studies methods to explore the histories and social implications of digital media and technologies.

Program Information

School: School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Program: Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

Catalog page: MA

MA in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication Fact Sheet

MA in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication Fact Sheet

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 1. If space remains, we will continue to accept applications in accordance with university deadlines. Students are accepted for the fall semester only.

Applications to the Interaction Design pathway are suspended for academic year 2018-19.

Other application requirements:

Evidence of previous coursework and/or expertise in the creative arts and digital technology.

Contact

ATEC Advising
972-993-4376
800 W. Campbell Rd, ATC 10
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Possible Careers

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

Salary Information

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

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