The mission of the New Media Art program at the University of North Texas is to cultivate new methods of performance and media art practices in contemporary art. Through creative and critical inquiry, we emphasize artistic excellence, interdisciplinary learning, socially engaged practices, and welcome collaboration.
We see our mission as the study and practice of visual culture, past and present, in order to understand how the convergence of performance, storytelling, and media can illuminate and expand, or conceal and limit the worlds they represent. Finally, we recognize that example is the best teacher and strive through our own creative research to embody the values we wish to impart. Pursuing research and creative opportunities, both locally and internationally, we draw upon and engage with the current critical discourse around Media and Performance Art.
This mission is fulfilled:
Through innovative active learning curricula that contributes toward and engages with current practices and theoretical structures
By continually investigating emerging media and technologies, as well as traditional approaches, as a way to open new channels of research and practice
Through a belief that diversity—in background, status, culture, and viewpoint—is essential to a vital and creative community
By expecting academic excellence as a fundamental part of a professional education in the visual arts
Through a commitment toward rich engagement within our communities through community based learning experiences and service related activities
By fostering an intellectual community within which experimentation is key
New Media Art is an interdisciplinary studio art practice that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including: performance art, digital art, video art, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, sound art, computer robotics, 3D printing, cyborg art and art as biotechnology. Both a BFA and MFA are offered by the New Media Art program at UNT in Denton, TX. We expose you to a wide range of technology-based practices from production of interactive installations and video art to rapid prototyping and performance art.
As a student studying New Media Art, you will have access to state-of-the-art filming, editing, and production equipment plus a large, diverse list of course offerings to address your individual artistic needs. You will also have access to the newly constructed Digital Fabrication Lab (FABLab) at UNT. The FABLab provides hands-on state-of-the-art industrial technology to perform digital and fabrication-based creative research. The lab is equipped with a wide range of large-scale CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D scanners, and 3D printers.
Our undergraduates use their creative, technical and professional skills as practicing artists or to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree. New Media artists are often self-employed, exhibiting and selling their work in galleries, museums and other exhibition venues.