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Emergent Digital Practices

Creatively Shape the Future

The Emergent Digital Practices program brings together art, design, media, culture and technology studies in a hands-on, collaborative environment.  Technology links academic disciplines with professional fields and joins shared communities with our personal lives in many new and exciting ways.  To understand and explore this landscape, we infuse the digital practices of making and writing with contemporary critical approaches to cultural technologies, media philosophy, the critique and investigation of electronic and new media arts, and studies in science fiction, trans-global politics and science.

EDP appeals to students who are more broadly defined creative types and critical thinkers because the lines between artists, designers, scholars, and inventors have largely dissolved.  The EDP program prepares students who seek to work in spaces beyond what is already defined and familiar.  For instance:

  • an artist creating interactive tools to improve strained international relations
  • a computer programmer making design and story-telling decisions for a game about economics
  • a writer performing audio-visual remixes to challenge our ideas of narrative form
  • a scientist creating virtual spaces and experiences to visualize, explore and convey ideas about climate change

Created in fall 2011, the new BA/BFA and MA/MFA degrees in Emergent Digital Practices challenge you to think and create with purpose—to become new leaders in the development and application of the emerging, the previously untried, and the otherwise unimagined forms of knowledge, technology, and culture that will shape our future.  

Whatever paths you pursue—further academic study, professional careers, social activism or nonprofit service—our unique combination of applied critical thinking, creative expression and social engagement through technology-infused settings will help you to thrive.

Expanding across the digital fields

We're seeking students who want to shape the futures of:

  • data visualization and sonification
  • social media
  • smartphone applications
  • real-time audio/video creation and performance
  • humane games
  • DIY and Open Source practices
  • interactive artwork
  • designing for sustainability
  • multimedia narratives
  • science fiction as techno-cultural forecast
  • installation and immersive environments
  • digital humanities
  • other forms of expression and collaboration not yet imagined...

Our students regularly imagine new technologies, shape new experiences and create compelling new content through their projects. To see the full range of our students' work, explore our full multimedia student portfolio --->

Degree information

EDP takes a two-fold approach to its degree paths:

  • The BFA and MFA degrees serve students interested in careers in art (as makers, critics, historians, and curators)
  • The BA and MA degrees address EDP as a broader cultural phenomenon that intersects with a wide variety of additional majors, minors, and joint degree interests.

Minor in Emergent Digital Practices --->

Bachelor of Arts in Emergent Digital Practices --->

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices --->

Master of Arts in Emergent Digital Practices --->

Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices --->

The EDP degree program fuses together the former programs of Digital Media Studies and Electronic Media Arts & Design. Current students may complete their degrees in these areas, but those programs are not accepting new students.