Intentional Future-Making

A Message from Dean Balsamo

“ATEC students, faculty, and researchers collaborate on Intentional Future-Making by exploring the possibilities of the future, and the way those possibilities emerge from the present.”

Welcome to the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at The University of Texas at Dallas.

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. The horizon of ATEC programs is to enable students to connect the dots – between what has already been imagined, and what is yet to emerge. Collectively, we seek to cultivate a technological imagination that understands the history, politics and cultural implication of emergent technologies which boldly experiments with the creation of new forms of artistic expression and develop new technologies in the service of cultural good.

ATEC students are encouraged to think complexly about technology, about culture, and about 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.

Our mission: Engage students with the best possible faculty, inspiring courses and activities; model quality thinking and incisive criticism; creatively teach methods for understanding how the future emerges from the present. Appreciate history. Experiment creatively. Revisit assumptions. Pay attention to details. Learn how to learn.

Dr. Anne Balsamo
School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication
The University of Texas at Dallas