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Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication

EMAC at Rensselaer is one of the first undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States.

Majoring in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication (EMAC) leads to a B.S. degree, offered jointly by department of Language, Literature, and Communication (LL&C) and the department of Arts.

Students in EMAC take courses designed to prepare them for promising careers in new media made possible by advances in communication technologies: computer graphics, hypermedia, cyberspace and virtual reality, Web design and authoring, the electronic arts and multimedia, animation and game design, to name just a few.

The EMAC program integrates aesthetic, creative, and critical thought with expertise in advanced electronic multimedia. The interdisciplinary approach combining arts and communication produces entrepreneurs and critical thinkers who will use technology in innovative ways in both commercial and artistic spheres, and in the increasingly significant overlap between these spheres.

Built upon the strong technological infrastructure of Rensselaer, this pioneering program offers students hands-on education in new art and communication technologies as well as a theoretical framework for understanding and eventually shaping the cultural impact of these technologies. A major strength is the balance between individual and collaborative activity facilitated by the interactive multimedia education pioneered by Rensselaer.

EMAC students have access to the best equipment, the latest software, and a sophisticated computer network at one of the nation's “most wired” universities, all supported by a tradition of technical excellence.

Learn more about the EMAC program

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