Art, Science, and Innovation Major and Minor

Art, Science, and Innovation is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students to become cultural innovators and critical makers prepared to produce works of visual art that can transcend disciplinary boundaries.

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Art, Science, and Innovation At A Glance


Of ASI students learn practical, industry-standard digital design and creative technology skills.

Art, Science, and Innovation students blend practical skill development with critical thinking.

Our students are trained to use cutting-edge, industry-standard technologies and integrate their use with critical thinking skills developed through case studies and theoretical research to produce exciting creative work.

Art, Science, and Innovation produces future creative leaders.

Our curriculum is designed to integrate scientific study, creative development, and applied technology skills that allow students to transcend disciplines and become creative leaders.

An experience tailored to your interests and designed to give you the skills that will set you apart

By pairing study in scientific disciplines of your choosing and creative experiences focused around industry technologies, our curriculum is a world-class model for interdisciplinary thinking.

Build foundational skills in digital skills like video editing and design while also learning fundamental traditional skills in disciplines such as drawing or photography. Pair these applied experiences with classes in critical theory and history, bolstered by formative experiences in a scientific discipline of your choosing.

Students working

In year two, you'll begin to meaningfully integrate research in theory, science, and art to build your capacity to be a critical creator. Take courses in media production, advanced design classes, and traditional mediums like painting or ceramics. Continue to develop your understanding in a scientific discipline like computer science or biology and start to see how you might integrate disciplines in unexpected ways.

Student and Teach Research

Year three is where discipline-specific skills in art and science coalesce and your self-directed projects will critically address the most pressing issues of our time. Practical, industry-standard skills will be used in unexpected and exciting ways to produce works of art and design that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Classes like Art/Science Special Topics and Robotic Agents develop critical thinking about technologies and scientific discourse.

Students in conversation

In year four, you take your skills in a scientific discipline, critical theory and history, and traditional art-making and bring them together to produce ambitious, culturally relevant, and technologically engaged Senior Projects that demonstrate a capacity to communicate complex ideas via engaging works of art and design. For minors, the Junior Seminar is your opportunity to join ideas explored in the sciences with artistic aesthetic and design skills.

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Industry skills combined with creative outcomes

Art, Science, and Innovation is unique to Allegheny College and one of only a few such programs internationally. Our students blend practical skill development with critical thinking in ways that set them up to be creative and industry leaders.

Constructing the capacity to recognize emerging trends.

Identify the cultural influences of science and technology through their use.

Develop leadership capacity through communication skill development.

Communicate the ethics, politics, and cultural implications of scientific, technological, and artistic developments in diverse contexts.

Innovative use of aesthetics and technology.

Produce innovative works of visual art that critically contribute to scientific, technological, and cultural development.

ASI builds students' technical skills while developing their critical capacity.

Engage with scientific practices and technological development from a humanistic and aesthetic point of view.

Adam Cook, Student

Class of 2021

“ I love designing and building things in my free time, and with the new lab on campus, I have access to the fabrication tools to do that. It has been a huge contribution to Allegheny and allows students to really develop their ideas and creativity. ”

Next Steps

Early Decision App Deadline

November 15, 2022

Regular Decision App Deadline

February 15, 2023

For More Info

Byron Rich

Chair of the Art Department