In the New Media Program at UTSA, students study the history of new media art, including video art, installation, and digital art, and are encouraged to understand how these forms are rooted in a tradition much older than the media themselves.
We provide training in the use of contemporary art-making tools including digital still and video cameras, editing and imaging software, while promoting the exploration of hybrid art making.
While an understanding of the history and tradition of new media and a proficiency in the tools of contemporary creative work are essential to an art student’s education and further career, the emphasis of our program, ultimately, is on ideas. Students are expected to be involved in discussion and debate about relevant topics in contemporary art practice and, in the studio, to apply themselves to find creative solutions to aesthetic problems.
The New Media program also emphasizes public display of projects, and builds opportunities into coursework for off-campus exhibition.
Image: H. Jennings Sheffield, Graduate Student in Photography and New Media