UT Dallas 2023 Graduate Catalog

School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology

Graduate Programs in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

The program leading to the MA in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication is designed both for individuals engaged in professional practice wishing to enhance their knowledge and skills and for students intending to pursue a doctorate in a related field. It offers advanced studies in digital media studies, interactive media, and computer-based arts that emphasize the fusion of creative with critical thinking and theory with practice. Students must complete thirty- six semester credit hours of coursework, including a thesis.

Master of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication: Interaction Design Pathway

30 semester credit hours minimum

IMPORTANT: The School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology is not currently accepting applications to the Master of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication: Interaction Design Pathway program.

Applicants with an interest in Interaction Design are encouraged to review the Emerging Media Studies pathway to evaluate how it might intersect with their interests.


Professors: Anne Balsamo, Christine (xtine) Burrough, Paul Fishwick, Roger Malina, Dean Terry, Marilyn Waligore

Associate Professors: Olivia Banner, Heidi Cooley, Monica Evans, Eric Farrar, Todd Fechter, Sean McComber, Josef Nguyen, Andrew Scott

Assistant Professors: Christine Veras, Hong An Wu

Professor Emeritus: Mihai Nadin

Clinical Professor: Tim Christopher

Professor of Practice: Norman Cox

Required Major Core Courses: 9 semester credit hours

ATCM 6300 Approaches to Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

ATCM 6302 Theories and Histories of Semiotics

ATCM 6361 Design Research Methods

Students are expected to complete ATCM 6300 in their first semester and the remainder of these courses within the first 18 semester credit hours in their degree plan.

Prescribed Electives within Pathway: 9 semester credit hours

Choose three courses from the following courses:

ATCM 6301 Aesthetics of Interactive Arts

ATCM 6304 Computer Processing for Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication

ATCM 6322 Experimental Interactive Media

ATCM 6326 Research in Sound Design

ATCM 6345 Interactive Narrative

ATCM 6360 History of Interactive Media

ATCM 6365 Design Principles

ATCM 6366 Information Architecture and Design

ATCM 6367 Human Computer Interaction

ATCM 6368 Usability Testing

ATCM 6369 Media Analytics

ATCM 6370 Computational Design

ATCM 6371 Visualization Research

ATCM 6372 Pervasive Computing and Interaction Design

ATCM 6373 Interactive Environments

ATCM 6374 Special Topics in Interaction Design

ATCM 6375 Critical Approaches to Emerging Media Studies

ATCM 6377 Creativity as Social Practice

ATCM 6380 Histories of Emerging Media

ATCM 6381 Media, Culture, and Economy

ATCM 6383 Digital Culture

ATCM 6384 Digital Publics and Counterpublics

ATCM 6387 Emerging Media Studio

ATCM 6390 Social Science Research Methods in Emerging Communication

ATCM 6391 Theories of Media Psychology

Free Electives: 9 semester credit hours

Nine semester credit hours of electives in any organized 6000-level courses in ATEC or offered by the School of Arts and Humanities, Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Naveen Jindal School of Management, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, or School of Interdisciplinary Studies. All free electives are subject to approval by the Graduate Advisor.

Thesis: 3 semester credit hours

Having completed at least 27 semester credit hours of coursework, students will complete and present an advanced research project in interaction design for evaluation by a master's committee.

ATCM 6V99 Advanced Master's Thesis

or ATCM 6399 Master's Thesis

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