A concentration in arts, media and engineering has been established as a collaboration between the electrical engineering program at ASU and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. This concentration is available both for the MS and the PhD students admitted to this program, who take two-thirds of their course, research and thesis credits from the electrical engineering program and one-third of the credits from the arts, media and engineering program.
The arts, media and engineering program represents an ambitious interdisciplinary research community at ASU that is focused on the parallel development of media hardware, software, content and theory. AME research addresses the discontinuity that exists between media content and media technologies through a paradigm shift in media and arts training. The objective is to produce a new kind of hybrid graduate student who draws creativity from the arts and methodology from engineering sciences. Electrical engineering students in the arts, media and engineering concentration undergo training toward integrating principles of digital signal processing, pattern recognition, computer vision and multimedia computing with interdisciplinary objectives, with the goal of enabling new paradigms of human-machine experience that directly address societal needs and facilitate knowledge. Examples include media-based intelligent systems for health care and well-being as well as promotion of environmentally sustainable practices. For more information see http://ame.asu.edu.
Eight courses are required, typically five from EEE and three from AME. In addition, six hours of thesis are required, typically four credits from EEE and two from AME.
Students interested in applying to this program must submit the Graduate College online application. Students from ABET-accredited undergraduate programs who wish to be considered for a master's program must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a four-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate course work. Students from undergraduate programs that are not accredited by ABET must have a minimum GPA of 3.50 (on a four-point scale) in the last two years of undergraduate course work or have graduated first class with distinction and must score in the 90th percentile or higher on the quantitative section of the GRE general test.
In addition, an applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of where they may now reside) must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by meeting the English proficiency requirements stated on the Graduate College website. International students seeking teaching assistantships must demonstrate proficiency in spoken English by scoring at least 26 on the speaking portion of the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 50 on the ASU administered Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK).
Applicants should submit materials that reflect the hybrid nature of the arts and engineering degree, including a statement of purpose and curriculum vitae demonstrating interest and relevant experience in the area. Students will have the opportunity to upload their curriculum vitae and statement of purpose when completing the online application. Additionally, the arts, media and engineering program requires three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's ability to succeed in an interdisciplinary research environment.
Students must fulfill both the requirements of the Graduate College and those of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.