Taught course

Art, Culture and Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

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Entry requirements

The number of places available each year varies depending on the size of the second year class. Admission is based on a careful examination of the applicant's previous artistic and academic record, including relevant samples of completed work, a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. The applicant should demonstrate superior achievement and the ability to initiate and complete independent academic work.

You will be required to upload a portfolio of work and submit an essay indicating why you are applying.

Please see the website for full application details.

Months of entry


Course content

The Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) facilitates artist-thinkers’ exploration of art’s broad, complex, global history and conjunction with culture, science, technology, and design via rigorous critical artistic practice and practice driven theory.

ACT emphasizes experimentation and transdisciplinary approaches to studio production in both traditional and new media. Students are encouraged to consider both the physical and the cultural context of their artworks/projects as central to their interpretation. Presentations on contemporary art as well as discussions in theory and criticism, and an understanding of research-based artistic practice complement studio production and the development of projects.

ACT courses have a strong focus on:

  • Individual and collaborative forms and media including cinema, video, sound, performance, photography, experimental media and new genres, conceptual, sculptural, and spatial experiments, writings and publications.
  • Critical thinking, knowledge mining, and creative engagement, along with explorations of changing public and private spheres, are of particular relevance.
  • Extracurricular activities include a cross-disciplinary lecture series, field trips, workshops, studio visits, and public presentations.

Courses are taught by renowned practicing artists working in an international arena. The Program offers a variety of advanced and introductory courses. MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology offers a highly selective two-year graduate program, leading to a Master of Science in Art, Culture and Technology (SMACT) degree.

Fees and funding

British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.

These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses, which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.

Please note that you will need to submit your application to the scholarship ahead of the deadline for your MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note it is totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program. Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.

See the website for full information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    full time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions ACT
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