RESEARCH CENTERS & AFFILIATED PROGRAMS
Here are several initiatives on campus that foster connections between the arts, humanities, sciences, and computer science.
Center for the Arts in Society
The Center for the Arts in Society is dedicated to energizing research and teaching that links the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with the College of Fine Arts. The Center supports graduate and undergraduate courses, faculty and student research projects, and collaborations with arts institutions in the Pittsburgh community. Members of the Center explore pressing issues such as cultural production and social responsibility, as well as developing new disciplinary approaches - visual anthropology, public arts policy, statistical graphics, and more.
Entertainment Technology Center (ETC)
The mission of the ETC is to foster leadership in education and research that combines technology and fine arts to create new processes, tools, and vision for storytelling and entertainment. The ETC offers a two-year Master of Entertainment Technology degree, jointly conferred by the College of Fine Arts and School of Computer Science. The high concept behind both the Center and the Masters program is having technologists and fine artists work together on projects that produce artifacts that are intended to entertain, inform, inspire, or otherwise affect an audience/guest/player/participant. Because the larger challenge faced in authoring in new media is bringing together different disciplines, the ETC degree program is driven by trying to do this most effectively.
Master of Arts Management (MAM)
The MAM degree program unites the management and technology training of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management with the fine arts focus of the College of Fine Arts, to provide the combination of knowledge and skills that arts managers need to lead their organizations to success. BXA students who have an interest in arts management and wish to go on for an advanced degree may choose to apply for the MAM Accelerated Master's Program. In this program students take both graduate and undergraduate courses in the senior year, earn a BXA degree, and continue on for an additional year to complete the work for the Master of Arts Management (MAM) degree.
Miller Art Gallery
Located in the new Purnell Center for the Arts on the Carnegie Mellon University campus, the Miller Gallery is a non-collecting university gallery named for Regina Gouger Miller, alumna of the School of Art and principal donor for the 9000-square foot building. The public exhibitions and programs replace the Hewlett Gallery and feature the diverse viewpoints of the university community, as well as artists working locally, nationally and abroad. Just as Carnegie Mellon University continues to successfully push the frontiers of science, humanities and the arts, the Miller Gallery presents art that is contemporary and courageous. Its mission is to offer thought-provoking programs that push the envelope of art, architecture and design.
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry supports experimental and cross-disciplinary work in the arts. It carries out this mission by: providing artist residencies with stipends, commissions and facilities; maintaining a work environment populated by a broad range of practitioners, including resident fellows, Carnegie Mellon University faculty and students, and other associates; facilitating access to human and technical resources at Carnegie Mellon University and throughout the Pittsburgh community; and developing public venues for presenting innovative work. Within this broad framework, a locus of activity has emerged which includes work in three interrelated areas: Biology, Ecology and Robotics.