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MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Arts

Arts on the MIT campus are rooted in experimentation, risk taking, and imaginative problem solving. Eminent artists teaching at MIT have received numerous awards, among them the Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award, Guggenheim Fellowship, and MacArthur Fellowship received by faculty Erik Demaine, Junot Díaz, John Harbison, Joan Jonas, Keeril Makan, John A. Ochsendorf, Jay Scheib, and Evan Ziporyn.

  • The Institute offers degrees in studio art; history, theory, and criticism of architecture and art; and architectural design through the School of Architecture and Planning, and in music, theater, and comparative media studies/writing through the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Nearly 80 percent of incoming freshmen have prior training in the arts.
  • Over 50 percent of all MIT undergraduates enroll in arts courses each year—with nearly half of students participating in music and theater arts classes and performance groups.
  • Students can participate in more than 60 music, theater, visual arts, writing, and dance groups.

MIT's program in architecture was the first established in the United States. Notable alumnus and Pritzker Prize winner I. M. Pei ’40 designed four buildings for the MIT campus.

The MIT Museum draws nearly 125,000 visitors each year to programs and exhibitions exploring the foundations and frontiers of science and technology.

The List Visual Arts Center maintains and adds to a permanent collection of over 3,500 artworks located throughout MIT’s campus, including dozens of publicly sited sculptures and hundreds of paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings.

The Student Loan Art Program allows MIT students to borrow hundreds of works of art to hang in their living spaces.

The Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT celebrates innovative talents in all arts disciplines and is one of the most generous cultural honors in the United States.

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology, established in 2012, facilitates and creates opportunities for artists to exchange and collaborate with engineers and scientists in a culture of exploration, knowledge, and discovery.