The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (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:

  • Dialogues in art, architecture, urbanism, and the production of space
  • Interventions in public spaces and the development of anti-monuments and new instruments of collective memory
  • Interrogative design, body wear and nomadic devices
  • Interfaces between visual art practices, the performative and the sonic
  • Experiments with truth - using photographic and time-based media to blur conventional boundaries between documentary and fiction
  • Art and Science / Science and Art - research-based artistic practices

Courses are taught by renowned practicing artists working in an international arena. The Program offers a variety of introductory courses to the general MIT student population, as well as courses tailored to undergraduates majoring in architecture. Advanced courses related to specific media and topics are offered as electives for both undergraduate and graduate students. MIT's Program in Art, Culture and Technology offers an undergraduate major, minor, or concentration, plus a highly selective two-year graduate program, leading to a Master of Science in Art Culture and Technology (SMACT) degree.

Mission Statement

The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. ACT faculty, fellows and students engage in advanced visual studies and research by implementing both an experimental and systematic approach to creative production and transdisciplinary collaboration. As an academic and research unit, the ACT Program emphasizes both knowledge production and knowledge dissemination. In the tradition of artist and educator Gyorgy Kepes, the founder of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies and an advocate of "art on a civic scale," ACT envisions artistic leadership initiating change, providing a critically transformative view of the world.


Visual Arts Program and Center for Advanced Visual Studies Merger

The Visual Arts Program and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies merged over the summer of 2009. In December of 2009, we renamed the combined group, the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT). On April 15, 2010, the inauguration celebration of the new MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) was held, attended by over 200 people.

We are excited by the possibilities our new program brings to the MIT community and beyond. Our faculty, research affiliates, fellows and graduate students will be able to engage with each other and the greater MIT community in a much more dynamic fashion as a result of greater collaboration.



For general inquiries, please write to

Mailing address

  • MIT Architecture - Program in Art Culture and Technology
  • Room E15-212
  • 77 Massachusetts Avenue
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • tel: (617) 253-5229

Street address

  • Wiesner Building
  • 20 Ames Street, E15-212
  • Cambridge, MA 02139