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Define New Artistic Directions

Define New Artistic Directions

Media Arts is a cross-disciplinary program that reflects the rise of new imaging technologies in contemporary art with a study of their cultural impact. It focuses on artistic practice that is driven by ideas, supported by a versatile skill set, and grounded in digital technologies, with an openness to integrating traditional arts and older technologies with new media. The program is designed to meet the needs of art students in the 21st century, focusing on the use of digital technology as a sophisticated art-making tool within a broad, cross-disciplinary context. Central to the program is the opportunity for interdepartmental investigation and collaboration within the Hartford Art School, exploring new media and traditional art disciplines.

The program is for non-traditional art students who can experiment with moving between genres, and disciplines that reflect contemporary international art practice. Students are encouraged to participate in inter-collegiate collaborations, especially with The Hartt School’s Department of Composition and Department of Dance; the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture; and the Cinema Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The program encourages study in an array of studio art practice and critical studies, which results in projects involving video, digital imaging, installation, performance art, computer programming, interactivity, and web art. Our Media Arts program offers a critical and historical knowledge of the field, and technical proficiency in a number of areas, providing a diverse skill set and numerous career opportunities. We expect our students to define new artistic directions for themselves and for the field in general.

Media Arts is offered as an 18 credit MINOR that can be paired with any other major the school offers. This minor is also available to any University student regardless of college affiliation.


Required courses in the minor:

3 credits   Introduction to Media Arts

3 credits   Media Arts 2

3 credits   Introduction to Video

3 credits   Visual Culture

Any two courses (6 credits) from the following:

3 credits   Intermediate Video

3 credits   Programming for Artists

3 credits   Digital Postproduction

3 credits   Sound/Image/Text

3 credits   Collaborative Projects

3 credits   Documentary/Propaganda/Simulation

3 credits   Performance Art

3 credits   Sudden Media

3 credits   Special Topics

Faculty and Staff

Our dedicated faculty are extraordinary teachers in the classroom and recognized professional, practicing artists/designers exhibiting and working in their fields. Learn a little more about them now, and meet them in person when you visit during any of our events, tours, or portfolio review appointment.


Gene Gort


Gene Gort is an artist, video producer and educator whose work aims to make the quotidian significant. Simple things are elegant, challenging, and revelatory. His use of technology in this pursuit, focuses on the awareness of its role in determining meaning.

His video and artwork has shown in galleries, museums, and festivals internationally, including Dark Music Days Festival, HARPA, Reykjavik, Iceland; MENGI, Reykjavik, Iceland; TheVideoArtFoundation, Barcelona, Spain; Cyberarts Festival 2001 + 2010, Boston, Mass.; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Mass.; Hartford New Music Festival, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, Conn.; Black Maria Film and Video Festival (touring); Athens Film and Video Festival, Athens, Ohio, among others. The Rockefeller Foundation has recognized him twice with nominations in the Film/Video/New Media categories for individual fellowships. He has received grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts; New Works Grant, The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation; Pollack-Krasner Foundation; LEF Foundation; and the New England Foundation for the Arts, "New Forms": National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artists Projects.  He also has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Artist Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and I-Park, East Haddam, Conn.

Gene lives in Connecticut with his husband, interior designer and artist, Patrick Kennedy.




Thomas Prutisto

Photography and Media Arts Technician

Student Gallery


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