Balance creative freedom with contemporary practice


The Department of Transmedia offers degree programs in art photography, art video, computer art and animation, and film. 

The centerpiece of the department's undergraduate curriculum is a four-year core program that emphasizes collaborative and interdisciplinary practice, innovative thinking, and a critical understanding of new technologies. Students emerge from the Department of Transmedia highly skilled in their individual disciplines, ready to tackle the demands of contemporary art and commerce.

Transmedia alumni have leadership positions in the creative industry, including at DreamWorks, Pixar, Yahoo, Apple, Cosmopolitan, Photo District News, and Showtime. Graduates of our program have exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MIT List Center, the New Museum, and the Houston Center for Photography and have held screenings at Sundance, MOMA, and such international venues as Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Berlin’s Transmediale Festival.  

An ever-growing network of alumni can help students succeed with careers in the film industry as producers, directors, screenwriters, animators, and special effects design; in photography with magazine, editorial, fashion, and book publication; as curators in fine art galleries and contemporary art museums; and, of course, as practicing artists.

The transmedia department sponsors a yearly international film festival and closely collaborates with Light Work, an internationally recognized artist-in-residence program housed on campus, and the Urban Video Project, which commissions artists to create artworks for outdoor projection on the Everson Museum of Art in downtown Syracuse.

Programs abroad especially designed for students in transmedia include semester-long programs in London, Prague, Berlin, and Florence. Summer programs offer additional opportunities to study in Venice, Santiago, and Moscow. Students may also apply to participate in the six-week summer LA Semester, which offers internship-based learning.

The faculty in transmedia are working artists with active careers. Exhibitions and screenings among the faculty include the Venice Biennale, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Ars Electronica, the Brooklyn Museum, Pacific Film Archive, Mass MOCA, the LA County Museum of Art, the Walker Arts Center, Harvard, and SIGGRAPH. Grants and awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).