New Media BFA

Samuel Cejtin
Michelle Paap
Jennifer Hargrave
Michael Bieronski
Rebecca Gore
Hugh Sato
Fumiaki Takezawa
Keely Renwick
Ying Xian
Kaihao Yang
Katie Gamble
Selina Zawacki
Ben Blalock
Matt Kissel

The New Media program offers undergraduate-level study that leads to a BFA degree. Students and faculty work with sound, video, code, interactive media and web-based tools to create performances, exhibitions, client-driven applications, and projects in public space. Through research and teaching, the New Media program serves as Illinois' site for practice-based exploration and criticism of new technological forms of art, design, and communication.

Artists and designers are constantly presented with new tools and platforms. Instead of blindly using every emerging technology, New Media practitioners sort through the opportunities to understand how they produce sensations and facilitate communication. What possibilities do these tools offer for perceiving the world and representing it to others? How are newer consumer and scientific technologies encouraging us to continue older forms of perception and communication, rather than developing new ones?

Students’ work in the program utilizes new and old technologies and narratives. Through projects in various media, they acquire technical skills, practice vocabularies of critique and analysis, and become familiar with the historic and contemporary field of art and design.

Initial courses introduce basic technological and conceptual approaches to digital imaging, interactive media, and time-based applications. Upper-level courses allow students to acquire and practice more specialized knowledge in these forms. Students work with faculty from within and without the New Media program to develop an individually-determined body of work—a portfolio that demonstrates their technical, conceptual and expressive abilities.

New Media study can lead to a wide variety of post-educational pursuits, including art gallery practice, commercial design, non-profit or community media advocacy, or research in corporate and educational contexts. Research by faculty in Illinois' New Media program is representative of this breadth. Individual faculty experience includes work in screen-based and physical interactive media, performance, publication, curation, exhibition, and activism.


Work in New Media at Illinois is uniquely informed by its location within a University world-renowned for its contributions to scientific advancement and historically-informed criticism of communication technologies.

The School of Art + Design maintains regularly-updated computer labs and an equipment-loan pool equipped for work in sound, video, networked applications, physical interaction, 2-D and 3-D imaging and output. School venues for display and publication include the online Ninth Letter journal, the Link Gallery, and the Krannert Art Museum.


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