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 and Algorithmic Art
- Integrated Visual Art
- Sonic Arts
- Video, Performance and 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 practice.