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Program Overview

ACE is a transdisciplinary Graduate Program in Arts, Computation and Engineering at the University of California, Irvine, supported by the Claire Trevor School of the Arts (SOTA), the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering (SOE).

The ACE program consists of three masters level degrees, each of which is awarded at the school level with a designated ACE concentration: 1) ACE MFA within SOTA; 2) ACE MS within ICS; and 3) ACE MS SOE. An ACE Dual Degree (MS/MFA) and an ACE Ph.D. are in the planning phase. Currently the ACE Masters is a terminal degree. Upon completion of the Masters, transfer to a school-based Ph.D. program is possible for eligible students.

ACE addresses emerging practices and career paths that combine skills and sensibilities of technical and scientific disciplines with the arts and humanities. The ACE program is oriented towards informed production. ACE is theory put into practice, and as such students are expected to understand the technical, historical and socio-cultural implications of what they do.

Theoretical and historical perspectives from the Arts, Cultural Studies, Critical Theory, Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, and a variety of other sources are combined to provide students an intellectual and practical foundation that combines analytic and practical perspectives germane to their practice.

The ACE program focuses on computational techniques involving embodied, emergent and generative real-time performance, immersive installations, artificial life, autonomous agents, online interaction and design, gaming, and social simulation.