The Emergent Technologies and Media Arts Practices (ETMAP) PhD is a practice-led program of scholarly research and exploration of media practices, theories and innovations in art and technology. Students both experiment with and research the media and artistic practices that they study. The ultimate goal is a substantive dissertation and media-based project that situates media art making within broad cultural and art historical perspectives.
Designed to be completed in four years, the program requires 72 credit hours, a First Year Review, Comprehensive Exam, Prospectus Defense and Dissertation Defense. There is a high degree of flexibility in the curriculum, with students choosing up to 15 credit hours of guided electives and independent study, including courses and independent study with faculty in other departments. After admission to candidacy, students conduct scholarly and creative research over three semesters (30 credit hours), culminating in a dissertation that makes a unique contribution to the field of media arts and technology.
The program takes seriously the balance of theory and practice. The dissertation consists of two equally important components: a written dissertation and a media-based project. Students are expected to be both scholars and creative artists.