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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018

Electronic Arts


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The Bachelor of Science in Electronic Arts (EARTS) degree is designed to support either a single­ or dual ­major option. It is intended for students who want to critically and creatively explore the arts at the intersection of the humanities, and the physical, computational, engineering, and social sciences.

Situated within the context of a premier technological university, the EARTS program offers a unique environment in which to investigate art and technology in relation to a broad range of disciplinary practices.

The Rensselaer campus is located within a thriving community of technological innovation. On campus resources include the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), the Center for Deep Listening (CDL), the CRAIVE Lab, and the Emergent Reality Lab (ERL). In close proximity are established art and cultural centers such as The Sanctuary for independent Media, Williams College, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Dia: Beacon, Bard College, and Bennington College. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are within three hours drive.

Applicants are expected to submit a written statement of intent describing their interest in the program, and if a dual, how it relates to their other major of study.

All majors in EARTS take a total of 44 credits:

1.  12 credits of Foundation courses:

  • 8 credits of Studio Course Options
  • 4 credits of History/Theory Course Option

2.  8 credits of Senior Thesis

3.  24 credits are for electives that allow students to concentrate in one of five Focus Areas:

  • Animation & Algorithmic Art
  • Integrated Visual Art
  • Sonic Arts
  • Video, Performance & Social Practice
  • DIY (Do It Yourself)

Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to evaluate works of art in relation to style, period, and social context.
  • an ability to effectively discuss and critique one’s own work and the work of others.
  • proficiency integrating technologies appropriate to creative prac

Focus Areas


The five Focus Areas are shown below, followed by the Foundation Options and Comprehensive Course listings:

Animation and Algorithmic Art


Foundation: 12 Credits


History/Theory: 4 Credits/Select one course from Foundation Options listings


Studio: 8 Credits/Select two courses from below:


Senior Thesis: 8 Credit Hours


Recommmended HASS Elective


Integrated Visual Arts


Foundation: 12 Credits


History/Theory: 4 Credit Hours/select one course from Foundation Options listings


Studio: 8 Credit Hours/Select two from below


Senior Thesis: 8 Credit Hours


Focus Area Electives: 24 Credit Hours


  • ARTS 4949 Studies in the Arts

Recommmended HASS Elective


Sonic Arts


Foundation: 12 Credits


History/Theory: 4 Credit Hours


(only 1 option)

Studio: 8 Credit Hours/Select two courses from below:


Senior Thesis: 8 Credit Hours


Video, Performance, & Social Practice


Foundation: 12 Credits


History/Theory: 4 Credit Hours/select one course from Foundation Options listings


Studio: 8 Credit Hours/Select two courses from below:


Senior Thesis: 8 Credit Hours


DIY (Do It Yourself)


Foundation: 12 Credits


History/Theory: 4 Credit Hours/Select one course from Foundation Options listings


Studio: 8 Credit Hours/Select two courses from Foundation Options listings


Senior Thesis: 8 Credit Hours


Focus Area Electives: 24 Credit Hours


  • Select from Comprehensive Course listings in consultation with adviser.

Foundation Options and Comprehensive Course Listings:


4000-Level Electives


Footnotes


  1. A minimum of three Focus Area Electives must be at the 4000 level
  2. It is suggested that the 4 History/theory and 8 Studio credits of the Foundation requirement be completed by the end of the first year in the program.
  3. Select topics courses may be taken to fulfill the Focus Area Elective requirements with adviser approval.
  4. Two independet studies may be taken to fulfill Focus Area Elective requirements with adviser approval.

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