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Electronic Media and the Arts

This concentration provides a broad foundation in digital arts, including the creation of interactive environments, fiction and nonfiction video production and editing, computer graphics, electronic music, and the production of art using multiple media. Students in this concentration learn and apply key skills, gaining basic mastery of electronic tools useful for creating contemporary visual and performance art. They also develop the ability to think and write analytically about the arts. The concentration provides an excellent starting point for students who want to begin serious exploration of digital technology and its application in any of a variety of art forms today. Students interested in this concentration should begin by gaining exposure both to the use of electronic media and to traditional techniques and aesthetic assumptions in the art forms of their choice; this can be accomplished by taking introductory courses in studio and performing arts, in addition to historical and cultural studies in the arts and literature.


Work in the concentration includes at least two approved intermediate courses, two advanced courses, and two courses offering historical and critical perspectives for a total of at least 20 credits.

Intermediate Courses

Arts 211 Interactive Arts Workshop I
Computer Science 312 Programming Languages
Music 211 Introduction to Electronic Music
Physics 210 Analog and Digital Electronics
Studio Art 218 Designing with Computers
Studio Art 221 Video Production II
Studio Art 226 Electronic Arts Studio Video Production
Studio Art 245 Documentary Film/Video Production
Studio Art 273 Color Photography

Other intermediate courses in such disciplines as music, theater, dance, photography, physics, writing, or visual art, approved by the major advisor, may be substituted if they entail use of electronic media, advance the student’s particular mission, or help build skills and background.

Historical and Critical Approaches

Anthropology 212 CP Anthropology Goes to the Movies
Art History 112 History of Photography
Art History 212 Theories of Photography
Art History 218/318 Critical Issues in Contemporary Photography
Dance 213 The Body in Multimedia Art
Literature 206 Art of Film
Music 229 Music in Film
Studio Art 225 Survey of Documentary Film

Other courses in art history, music history, theater history, or critical theory, approved by the major advisor, may be used to meet this requirement if they complement the student’s creative work.

Advanced Courses

Arts 311 Interactive Arts Workshop II
Studio Art 303 Color Photography
Studio Art 318/418 Computer Graphics Studio
Studio Art 321 Video Production II
Studio Art 326 Electronic Arts Studio Video Production
Studio Art 329/429 Artists’ Books Studio
Studio Art 337/437 Illustration Studio
Studio Art 345 Documentary Film/Video Production II

Other advanced courses in music composition, theater performance or production, dance, writing, or studio art, approved by the major advisor, may be used to meet this requirement if they provide a forum for developing appropriate advanced competency. Suitable courses at Bard College or internships may also be used.

Recent Senior Theses

“No Direction Home: An Experiment in Subjective Documentary”
“Subversive Cinema-The Workings of SUBCIN”
“Get Your Act Together”
“The Jellyfish Sky”
“Within a Forest: Film, Theory, and Process”
“Nobody Needs to Hear the Actors Anyway: The Theory and Practice of Theatrical Sound Design”

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Michael Bergman, Nancy Bonvillain, Lawrence Burke, Joan DelPlato, Clive Davis, John Myers, David Sharpe, Paul Shields, Wendy Shifrin, Laurence Wallach
Faculty Contacts: Lawrence Burke, John Myers