We in CFA are particularly dedicated to pursuing the synergies among design, arts and technology – areas in which we excel. Students today are interested in studying across disciplines as they prepare for careers in the arts – ones that combine areas of study to form new, diverse options for their futures. Here at CMU, we have established a solid reputation as a proving ground for successful cross-discipline teamwork. We are the world’s leading technical institution with an embedded conservatory for the arts. The following programs illustrate perfectly the combination of arts and technology at work on our campus.

Carnegie Mellon University's diverse and top-ranked academic programs in computing, engineering, design and the arts are uniquely positioned to serve students who have interdisciplinary interests bridging technology and creative practice. The Integrative Design, Arts and Technology Network (IDeATe) connects students and faculty from across the university through coursework and collaborative studio experiences. You have the opportunity to integrate a concentration with your degree in any of the following eight creative industry areas:  game design, animation and special effects, media design, learning media, sound design, entrepreneurship for creative industries, intelligent environments and physical computing. To learn more, visit IDeATe

Our BXA Intercollege Degree Programs allow students to earn an intercollege degree that combines studies in the arts with humanities, science or computer science. Students work toward a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts, a Bachelor of Science and Arts, or a Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts. In recent years, prospective students have shown increased interest in the BXA Programs. High school students see that BXA offers a course of study that is both structured to provide crucial disciplinary knowledge, as well as the opportunity to integrate both areas of concentration. Current CMU students see what BXA students are accomplishing and want to take advantage of the remarkable resources available at CMU in pursuing their interdisciplinary interests.

The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry also offers students an avenue of creative expression that blends the arts and technology. Since its inception, the STUDIO has provided residencies for, and raised more than $6 million in support of, more than 120 artists engaged in hybrid research projects. Outreach and presentation are vital to the STUDIO’s mission, and the team there is firmly committed to ensuring that a public of all ages and backgrounds can see, understand and (especially) learn key skills in new-media arts and design. The STUDIO administers the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art at the Frontier — an endowment to encourage the creation of innovative artworks by the faculty, staff and students of Carnegie Mellon. With this fund, the STUDIO seeks to develop a cache of groundbreaking projects created at CMU — works that can be described as “thinking at the edges” of the intersection of disciplines.