The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

Since Digital + Media’s inception in 2003, it has occupied a dynamic zone at the nexus of art, science, technology and philosophy. Each year, we admit a talented and diverse cohort from a variety of fields including art, computing, engineering, science, anthropology, and more. Our goal is to establish a new territory where traditionally – siloed disciplines are fluid and porous so that our students may articulate new questions and interrogate new relationships through their artwork. Within this ever-changing space, students explore a variety of topics and ask fundamental questions about human nature, knowledge, technology, economics, and geography. Throughout our curriculum, we emphasize an idea-driven practice, in which form and media are determined by conceptual intention. We work directly with students to develop a rigorous, multi-modal research methodology that supports and underwrites their artistic practice. Within this process, students often identify new sites of cultural production, methodologies, technologies or genres.