This emphasis is all about machine learning, artificial intelligence, computer vision and data visualization for artists as tools for design and storytelling.


  • Data Visualization
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • Smart Environments
  • Researcher
  • Writer

What is an emphasis?

In the second year, BFA-EMA students will select two emphases (undergraduate specialty areas). Each emphasis consists of a minimum of four courses. Data + Art is one emphasis option. The chart below shows how an emphasis makes up one part of the emerging media curriculum.

Course RequirementsCredits

Major Requirements

Core 48
Emphasis 1 12
Emphasis 2 12
Interdisciplinary Concentration 9
Total 81
Electives 9
ACE 30
Total in Degree 120
Detailed Curriculum and Degree Information Sample 4-Year Plan

Data + Art Emphasis Courses

The Data + Art emphasis consists of the following courses. These courses will be taken in addition to the core courses, a second required emphasis, an interdisciplinary concentration, electives, and general education (ACE) courses. See detailed degree and curriculum information at

Machine Learning for the Arts (EMAR 349)

Apply contemporary Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) tools to create text, images, audio, and other creative forms. Think critically about AI and ML. 

Data Visualization (EMAR 348)

Data is the new oil, and data visualization is telling the story of that data in visual, sonic and/or haptic ways.

Creative Machines (EMAR 445)

Building on EMAR 349, students explore the question of “Can we use machine learning and artificial intelligence to create compelling art and music?

Smart Environments (EMAR 345)

Introduction to smart environments and the Internet of Things, sensors, smartlighting, smart sound, geospatial projection mapping.

Other Areas of Emphasis

Application to this program

Students considering Emerging Media Arts must complete the required application. This application applies to both incoming freshman and transfer students and is used to evaluate a student’s suitability for the Emerging Media Arts program. The application information is also used for awarding scholarships
(individual awards vary).

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