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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 iEAR Presents! A Brown Bag Colloquium with Media Artist and Curator Kathy Brew: Experimental Journey from Analog to Digital
December 12, 2018 12:00 PM
West Hall 113

Brew will present and discuss a breadth of works, ranging from her experimental documentary work, public television productions, international curation, and her own recent Fulbright supported research in Peru.

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Michael Century and RPI Students Perform
On Dec. 4, Four undergraduates active in the Arts Department music program performed at the Beechwood/Eddy Senior Living Community in Troy.
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On Dec. 4, Four undergraduates active in the Arts Department music program performed at the Beechwood/Eddy Senior Living Community in Troy.

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RPI EARTS Alumni, Uyen Uong Receives Honorable Mention Award at 15 Minutes Max Student Film Festival.

RPI Alumni, Uyen Uong was selected as a finalist for the 15 Minutes Max Student Film Festival. Her animation film and final thesis piece "Pig or Pork" and received an Honorable mention award.


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RPI Alumni, Uyen Uong was selected as a finalist for the 15 Minutes Max Student Film Festival. Her animation film and final thesis piece "Pig or Pork" and received an Honorable mention award.



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World of Plankton Interactive Ecological Game Opens at ECHO Innovation Playground Friday

Art, Virtual Reality, and Science will meet their human players on October 5th at The World of Plankton, a unique touch-pool installation that enlightens children and adults about the role of plankton in freshwater ecology.

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Art, Virtual Reality, and Science will meet their human players on October 5th at The World of Plankton, a unique touch-pool installation that enlightens children and adults about the role of plankton in freshwater ecology.


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