Just as technology and science have evolved at a rapid pace in recent years, so has art. Advanced art makes use of many of the same technological advances that science utilizes, both for commercial purposes and in artistic practice. Students with a keen interest in making use of such technologies in their own artistic work may want to pursue a higher education at one of these top-ranking institutions.
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts was ranked number one in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report’s 2008 survey of the best colleges for multimedia art and visual communications. Students can pursue a bachelor’s degree in communication design or industrial design, or a Master of Fine Arts degree in communication planning and information design or interaction design.
Carnegie Mellon University College of Fine Arts 5000 Forbes Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15213 412-268-2349 cmu.edu
California Institute of the Arts
California Institute of the Arts offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of media art subjects, including film and video, graphic design, photography and media, and art and technology. In addition, students can pursue one of two graduate paths in integrated media (in art or photography and media, respectively).
California Institute of the Arts 24700 McBean Parkway Valencia, CA 91355 661-255-1050 calarts.edu
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island School of Design offers 16 undergraduate and 17 graduate programs, including many in media art-related topics such as film, animation and video, photography, illustration and graphic design. In addition to its top rankings in the multimedia and visual communications category, the Rhode Island School of Design is consistently ranked as the number one school for fine art in the United States.
Rhode Island School of Design Two College St. Providence, RI 02903 401-454-6100 risd.edu
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago can pursue such subjects as interactive design, computer programming, film, video and new media, and visual communication. Undergrads also undergo a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum that shows the way that the humanities, sciences and mathematics contribute to the evolution of the arts. The school is ranked high in both “multimedia and visual communications” and “fine arts” categories. It is home to the largest on-campus art museum in the United States.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 37 South Wabash Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60603 312-629-6100 saic.edu
University of California at Los Angeles
Students at the University of California at Los Angeles' department of art can pursue a range of new media areas of specialization under the auspices of the New Genres and Digital Media studios. As specified on the department's website, the New Genres program is ideal for students interested in pursuing advanced art in media like “installation, video, film, audio, performance, digital, hybrid and emerging art forms.”
University of California at Los Angeles Department of Art Broad Art Center Suite 2275 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1615 310-825-3281 art.ucla.edu
Zach Feral has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York and pursued postgraduate studies at the Open University in the U.K. His writing has appeared in numerous international publications, including "Dazed & Confused," "Artforum" and "Think Again."