Interdisciplinary Media Art Practices (IMAP) encompasses photo imaging, video, digital, sound, performance and related approaches to technology based art. This area embraces critical art practice from analog to digital, historical to cutting edge and everything in between.
The digital art discipline attracts interdisciplinary artists who are excited to integrate the use of new media technologies into their art practice. Faculty and students working in the area have exhibited their collaborative work internationally, especially in the growing fields of Internet art, game art, digital narrative and animation, live audio/visual performance, interactive installations, mobile phone cinema, web publishing, new media writing and experimental sound art. In addition, they have created the TECHNE, a lab and seminar space that fosters a critical and collaborative art research environment where students investigate emerging art forms and media technologies that feed into their own evolving practice.
The goal of the Integrated Arts (IA) is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to study and create works of art from an informed conceptual point of view. It invites artists to apply to this program if their interests cross boundaries between media and/or disciplines. It provides the student with facilities, including studios and a highly equipped sound art lab, required for such interdisciplinary work. In addition, IA offers students enrolled in IA the opportunity to exhibit their artwork in international venues, which is viewed as an important part of their professional development. While emphasizing critical discourse and visual literacy in the production and study of art, the program encourages students to work with faculty from the Department of Art and Art History, as well as other departments and schools such as engineering, ethnic studies, mathematics, performing arts, sociology, and women’s studies, to name only a few options. An integral part of IA is direct interaction with distinguished visiting artists and scholars each year, as well as opportunities to see exhibitions in the CU Art Museum, which is committed to showing the work of cutting edge national and international artists.
Photography is an internationally renowned, progressive, future-oriented and coordinated graduate and undergraduate discipline that emphasizes the development of creative work, experimental research and teaching. The discipline conducts a rigorous investigation into the nature and meaning of photographic representation and its role in contemporary cultural discourse. Students are expected to demonstrate commitment to expressive inquiry, maturity of vision and take responsibility for their professional development as artists. There is a strong emphasis on cross disciplinary exploration.
The discipline provides a thorough grounding in traditional media as well as ample opportunities to explore new media forms and techniques in conjunction with historical photographic processes. Interaction with other areas in the department and across the campus promotes interdisciplinary studies. There is a broad and progressive approach to the practice and definition of photography, encouraging students to question and expand the boundaries of the medium.
A vigorous art history component, supported by one of the finest photography book collections in the world, is required. Courses in all aspects of photography, alternative processes, video, digital media, Internet art installation and performance, bookmaking, desktop and online publishing, and new media theory are available to optimize personal growth, skills acquisition, and creative expression.
The video discipline emphasizes interdisciplinary thinking and approaches to video as an art form as part of a larger investigation of moving image art. The video discipline is interested in the student’s individual development and personal growth. Students are encouraged to seek links with other art forms as important sources of inspiration and critical understanding of their creative work. As part of a large liberal arts university, students are encouraged to seek relationships with other disciplines within the university. Students from diverse disciplines are encouraged to collaborate on creative projects across departments.
The classroom is treated as a laboratory for the creation, fermentation, and exploration of ideas that stress creativity as well as a place to discuss the relevance of those ideas relative to historical and contemporary issues. The area stresses the importance of interdisciplinary and multicultural understanding in the student’s artistic, educational, and personal growth. The discipline actively engages students and their work with relevant historical, practical, aesthetic, and philosophical structures to help place themselves and their work within a larger contextual understanding of art making.
Video classes are open to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of the university. Regularly taught classes include Beginning Video Production and Transmedia: Photography & Video. Class size is limited to 10 students. All the classes are designed to combine hands-on experience in all aspects of video art making with practical and theoretical criticism, that provides historical, social and aesthetic backgrounds for the understanding of moving image art.
The video discipline has its own equipment dedicated to the classes including cameras, microphones, audio recorders, tripods, lights, projectors, voice-over/audio recording booth, equipment cage, classroom/screening room and dedicated video editing lab with 24 hour access.
Undergraduate students from the video discipline have gone into top graduate school programs, internships, and related jobs in the field. Graduate student alumni are now teaching at major institutions, have developed their own media art programs and have become chairs of media areas in universities, have won awards, grants, have been reviewed in national magazines, and their works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. If you are interested in a Filmmaking MFA Track please visit Department of Cinema Studies & Moving Image Arts for more information or email Catherine Cartwright, Graduate Program Coordinator.