The study of Media Arts engages the blur between image, object, language, sound, time, and space in contemporary culture. Personal vision, craft, experimentation, collaboration, writing, discussion, and research provide the core toolbox with which students navigate an ever-changing set of creative professional pathways. The links between ideas, techniques, and technologies form the basis of Media Arts as an incubator for new ideas as well as engaging historical precedents.
Media Arts students explore distinct as well as overlapping areas of investigation including animation, video and sound, photography, performance, site, interactivity, and the umbrella of interdisciplinary practices that bridge all areas of the College.
Through rigorous conceptual inquiry and hands-on studio activity, students gain knowledge of existing and emerging media literacies and the diverse platforms upon which creative work is generated, disseminated, and contemplated in time and space. Students deepen their skills through time with visiting artists and scholars, lectures, field trips, internships, off-site projects, service, and experiential learning.
Zack Dixon (‘13) working on a stop motion animation for Boundary Crossings, PNCA’s biennial summer institute that explores digital animation and an expanded notion of the screen.
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