Conceptual/Information Arts has an international reputation as a
in the introduction of new technologies to art and media oriented
Based on needs, backgrounds, and interests, students can select
an array of courses in topics such as digital video, interactive media,
hypermedia, web media, experimental research, critical theory, and
strategies. Although the post-BA sequence does not lead to a
graduate degree, some past participants have used it as a stepping
to a MFA program. Others have used it as a way to change
directions. Students use the program to clarify personal
refine artistic agendas and build portfolios of new media
Furthermore many graduate programs (such as SFSU's MFA) allow
up to 12 credits earned in the program into their graduate
Several of CIA's past MFA students first enrolled in this sequence and
were subssequently admitted to the MFA program.**
The post BA program provides people with an opportunity to learn skills in new technologies, address questions of culture in the face of technological changes, and make work that brings what they learn together with their own individual questions and concerns. The program is designed for two groups of people. First, those who are considering future graduate studies in an MFA program in experimental technologies, such as the program we have here at State, but who may not have the course or portfolio requirements for applications at this time. Second, people who have BA's in other areas but who are interested in exploring experimental media, learn new skills and explore the new possibilities within an art context. The program is probably not appropriate for those who just want to learn computer applications.
2. Meet with Stephen Wilson or Paula Levine for advising.
3. Generally it is suggested that students take a total of 4 courses: 2 per semester. The core 410-412 sequence is advised for entering students. This however is flexible and subject to discussion. A list of courses to be offered each semester is available at the cia home page.
4. Students can then enter the program by enrolling as unclassified graduate students at SFSU. (details available at www.sfsu.edu) More information about the CIA program including course offerings is available at http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~infoarts/.
Please be aware that the postbac offered in CIA is an informal experimental arrangement. It is not one of the programs within normal university structures so the bureaucratic offices will not be aware of it. One consequence is that financial aid is not available to students in the postBA.
(Special for current period) Note that the university has put a
on formal unclassified graduate student admisssions
Nonetheless, postBA students can take courses within the open