Huge achievement this year: we got the interdisciplinary, interdepartmental PhD in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures approved in May by the Board of Trustees. A collaboration between AAHVS, Literature, and the Franklin Humanities Institute, and with the support of the Mellon Foundation, this is a novel and inovative program in many ways. As the person carrying the latest proposal through the various committees for the approval process I have learned a tremendous amount about how programs are structured and evaluated!
CMAC is now listed on the Graduate School website with the hopes of accepting students for Fall 2017 admission. We already have a proto-PhD track in AAHVS, with students who have been pioneering the concept, but now we are getting into the next phase of the operation. As the new DGS for the program, I am hoping for – and fearing – a deluge of applications.
Earlier in the year we successfully renamed the AAHVS Historical and Cultural Visualization MA to be Digital Art History/Computational Media. The DAH track is tied to the Wired Lab while the Computational Media track is tied to the various labs operating under Media Arts + Sciences/CMAC. It is exciting to see this community of fellow travelers grow! Smith Warehouse is buzzing.