Marrying the core curriculum of Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s degrees in Art Business and Arts Management with core courses offered by Claremont Graduate University’s Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT), this unique “arts and technology” interfield MA is designed for students with an interest in the application of computer and data science to arts and cultural fields, or for students with an arts background who have a demonstrated interest and capacity for software engineering and information technology.
Technology companies are increasingly interested in the arts and cultural space – think Google’s Cultural Institute and Tilt Brush; or artist Jeff Koons’s recent partnership with Snap Inc. At the same time, arts and cultural organizations are increasingly working within the digital realm, not just on exhibition and program media and marketing, but on ways of using big data to increase cultural equity, or on proprietary software to run complex production automation (e.g. Cirque du Soleil) . This is the world in which students in this “arts and technology” partnership between Sotheby’s Institute of Art and CGU’s Center for Information Systems and Technology will excel.
Students complete core courses in two degree programs (the MA in Art Business/Arts Management and the MS in Information Systems and Technology) as well as a handful of specialized and interfield courses, all of which lead to a capstone entrepreneurship course called Startup Studio, where students develop and pitch their own arts and technology applications or initiatives.
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