The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

New Media

New Media

The New Media area focuses on the creation, authoring, exhibiting, and critique of multimedia, interactive and computationally driven artworks. Courses in this area enable students to explore and experiment with diverse applications of new media design with an emphasis on integrating digital art processes with current studio practices in two-three-and four-dimensional art and design. By learning creative coding, students design and develop ‘playful’ interactive experiences. In addition to the creation of substantial art projects, students explore a range of data driven quantitative and qualitative research methods to increase their technical skills and critical understanding of media art and design studio practice.

The New Media program represents an interdisciplinary approach to emerging media and technologies in the arts and design disciplines. Students enrolled in the degree are expected to develop an advanced level of competency based on their engagement in a range of digital art and media design classes complemented with other studio electives that during their senior year enables them to prepare a body of work that shows their creative drive and/or interests in digital art and media design. Students are expected to have a strong understanding of digital design tools. They are also expected to have strong critical analysis and research skills that will enable them to keep up with the ongoing changes in digital art and media design practice.

Students develop an advanced level of competency based on their engagement in a range of digital art and media design classes complemented with other studio electives that during their senior year enables them to prepare a body of work that shows their creative drive and/or interests in digital art and media design. Students are able to choose from a range of digital and traditional studio courses to help them consider, explore and refine new media studio practice and discourse while getting considerable time to create and reflect on their own work and creative process.

Students have access to and use of dedicated studio workspace co-located with classroom space, collaboration space, a multitude of digital production equipment, and digital fabrication facilities.