Smith College established a new interdisciplinary program
and minor in Arts & Technology in the spring of 2009. This program engages students
and faculty from across the campus and from all three academic divisions. The emphasis
is on Arts plural, including Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Film, and on Technology broadly
conceived, including Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics,
Sociology, and other interested departments. The primary goals of this program are
- To meet the needs of today’s developing artists / scientists by creating
an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates current technologies and computational
resources with contemporary creative practice, scholarship, and original research.
- To provide opportunities for our students and faculty to work collaboratively,
across departmental and division boundaries, engaging critical issues at the intersection
of the arts and technology. This includes project-based collaborative courses,
as well as interdepartmental team-teaching and faculty / student collaborations.
- To build on and integrate the already strong Arts and Technology research and
practice taking place at Smith College. The development of this program has been
in progress for several years, and we seek to capitalize on this momentum through
a dynamic interdisciplinary program in Arts and Technology.
The students who undertake this integrative course of
study will become leaders in defining the future of media arts and technology. We
expect our students to reach a point by graduation where they can anticipate and
influence emerging trends rather than merely follow them, and help create and define
new aesthetics for computer media. Smith is poised to become a national leader by
forging an innovative program that carefully considers the dynamic intersection of
art practice and current / emerging technologies.