Arts Department

Rensselaer's Department of the Arts is generally considered to be the first integrated electronic arts program within a research university in the United States. Founded in 1972, the department initiated the inclusion of electronic media in 1981.The department features an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to the arts with a focus on the use of experimental and electronic media in artistic creation and performance. The work of the department's distinguished faculty and alumni are represented internationally in museums, galleries, festivals, publications, and performances.
 
The department and studios have historically been referred to as iEAR (Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer). A leader in multimedia arts education, the department's MFA in Electronic Arts was created in 1991 and, in collaboration with Rensselaer's Department of Language, Literature and Communication, the BS in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) was established in 1996. A multi-departmental BS in Information Technology (IT) was instituted in 1998 and in 2002, a BS in Electronic Arts (EARTS) was introduced. In 2007, a multi-departmental BS in Games and Simulation Arts and Science (GSAS) enrolled its first students and a doctorate in the electronic arts was inaugurated. One of the first PhDs of its kind, this program expands the traditions of arts pedagogy through interdisciplinary research in contemporary media theory, practice, and production. The iEAR studios provide specialized facilities for students, faculty and visiting artists to engage in individual and collaborative research projects.
 
iEAR Presents! is a series of public performances, exhibitions, screenings and lectures dealing with innovative aesthetic, cultural, and technical explorations of experimental media and electronic arts. Curated by Arts Department faculty, iEAR Presents! seeks to bring artists into a creative dialogue with the Rensselaer community and the general public.

 

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Fall Semester Arts Open Studios
December 15, 2017 9:00 AM
West Hall Floors 1-4

Join first and second year Electronic Arts PhD and MFA students for open studios in West Hall.

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Arts faculty, student, and alumni present at the 3rd International Conference on Live Coding

Arts Professor Shawn Lawson, PhD student Jeremy Stewart, and PhD Alumnus Ryan Ross Smith will present their work at the 3rd International Conference on Live Coding in Morelia, Mexico.

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Arts Professor Shawn Lawson, PhD student Jeremy Stewart, and PhD Alumnus Ryan Ross Smith will present their work at the 3rd International Conference on Live Coding in Morelia, Mexico.


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New Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Lecture Series Starts Wednesday

First-ever GSAS lecture series welcomes Dr. Hartmut Koenitz, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands

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First-ever GSAS lecture series welcomes Dr. Hartmut Koenitz, HKU University of the Arts, Utrecht, Netherlands


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Arts PhD Student, Diana Alvarez, Dissertation Performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera

A staged reading of Quiero Volver will be performed on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College. This performance is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Holyoke Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Northampton Community Television. 

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News Icon for Arts PhD Student, Diana Alvarez, Dissertation Performance, Quiero Volver: A Xicanx Ritual Opera

A staged reading of Quiero Volver will be performed on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Leslie Phillips Theater, Holyoke Community College. This performance is free and open to the public, and sponsored by Holyoke Community College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Northampton Community Television. 


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