This rigorous major supports the development of interdisciplinary work through hybrid practices and emerging media embedded in conceptual inquiry. We explore ideas, traditional techniques, and emerging technologies. Our innovative courses emphasize new applications of media, theory and practice, broad cultural perspectives, and critical discourse.  You design your own curriculum both drawn from the major as well as from other Media Arts, Studio Arts, Design Arts and Creative Writing courses. Supported by faculty mentorship, your exploration extends beyond studio and academic coursework to include visiting artists and scholars, lectures, field trips, internships, off-site projects, service learning, and special projects. We create, invent, reclaim, and investigate in the context of contemporary culture.  




Our award-winning graduates work in creative industries, attend the nation’s most prestigious graduate programs, and establish professional art practices, showing internationally.

Darja Bajagić
Alex Mackin Dolan
Jonah Groeneboer
Mary Mattingly
Anne Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulson
Morgan Ritter
Jasper Spicero
Lou Watson


Emily Ginsburg

Chair of Media Arts; Professor and Lead Faculty, Intermedia

MFA 1991 Cranbrook Academy of Art 
BA 1986 Trinity College 

Emily Ginsburg is currently Professor, and Chair of Media Arts, teaching in the Intermedia, Printmaking, MFA in Visual Studies, and MFA in Print Media Programs respectively.

Her conceptually driven work maps, physical, written and spoken behavioral patterns in the context of the everyday through diverse media. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally as well as commissioned for public art projects at Seattle City Light, Seattle Washington, Portland State University and Cyan/Pdx in Portland, Oregon. She has also been awarded various research grants to Istanbul and London, project grants through the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and residencies in Mexico, Vermont, Florence, Brazil, and Finland.

Her work has been published in books such as: DATA FLOWTHE MAP AS ART and projects have been reviewed in Art Papers, Art US, and The 22 Magazine among others. Her research involves explorations into psychology and sociology through the lens of media and design within popular culture.

She is continuing to engage in work on human emotion and the complex mechanics of consciousness involving sculpture, animation, works on paper, and sound.



Jodie Cavalier  Kate Copeland  David Eckard  Linda Kliewer  Stephen Slappe  Sharita Towne