ATEC is home to artists, scientists, designers, scholars, and researchers who collaborate to create one of the most exciting and unique academic programs in the United States. ATEC explores leading-edge topics through the study of emerging media, artistic experimentation with new technologies, and critical engagement with pressing social issues.

ATEC programs draw inspiration from the creative disciplines of art, science, design and engineering. We do this by developing educational programs that blend history and theory with creative practice and critical analysis. We encourage students to develop their technological imagination, to connect the dots between the past and the present so as to anticipate what will emerge next. Our goal is to inspire students to experiment with new forms of artistic expression, to develop new technologies in the service of social good, and to design with intention.

ATEC students are encouraged to critically examine technology and culture, as well as the many ways in which the two are inextricably entangled. Students are expected to gain foundational knowledge in multiple disciplinary areas of expertise; to know something deeply is to know it from different perspectives. They also learn how to engage with different modes of knowledge production, different methods of analysis, different work practices, different definitions of creativity, different metrics of success, and different viewpoints on what needs doing in the world.

ATEC faculty model how to collaborate across differences as they demonstrate deep expertise, intellectual flexibility, and collegial open-mindedness. ATEC embraces differences in the service of creating new knowledge and identifying new horizons of research and creative practice. Collaboration across differences changes the conversation for everyone.

ATEC Commitments: engage students with inspiring faculty and curricula. Model creative thinking and incisive critique. Teach students how the future emerges from the present. Appreciate history. Communicate effectively. Experiment creatively. Revisit assumptions. Pay attention to details. Learn how to learn.

Dr. Anne Balsamo
Inaugural Dean
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
The University of Texas at Dallas
School of Arts, Technology,
and Emerging Communication
800 W. Campbell Road,
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
[email protected]

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