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What is FCAT?

The Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) exemplifies SFU’s vision of a leading engaged university defined by innovative education, cutting-edge research and far reaching community engagement.  With home departments on all three SFU campuses (Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver) as well as the Great Northern Way Campus, FCAT offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in Communication, Contemporary Arts, Interactive Arts and Technology, Publishing, and Digital Media. Our faculty works at the intersection of communication, art, and design as these continuously transform and are transformed by local and global interactions, digital technologies, creativity and innovation, and sociocultural change. 

Student Story Lab

FCAT programs emphasize creativity, collaboration, critical skills, exploration, and interdisciplinary approaches. Our students are learning new ways of thinking and doing. Undergraduate research fellow Marianela Ramos Capelo is finding a new critical framework to approach culture, culture creation, media, and our society’s relation to information while studying in the School of Communication. SIAT PhD student Mark Nazemi is studying how to develop an interactive sound system for chronic pain therapy in SFU Surrey’s Pain Studies Lab, with Dr. Diane Gromala.  Contemporary Arts undergraduate research fellow Lee Cannon-Brown is taking his knowledge of Western music – its notation, its theory, and its history – to help develop a piece of software that can generate original music in specific, user-designated styles. Emily Taylor has built her experience through the studies of Communication and Print and Digital Publishing, applied it in professional settings through Co-operative Education (Co-op), and has now launched her career into the field of communication as a Social Media Specialist. 

Meet FCAT Faculty Members

Our faculty members have research strengths in Cultural Policy and Practice, Media Analysis, the Artistic Practice and Social Impact of New Media, Film, Dance, Music Composition, Visual Art, Interactive Systems, and Visual Analytics. We invite you to learn more about our faculty members and their research here.  

Help shape our next 50 years!

Making a gift to FCAT will have an immediate impact - unlocking the talents and potential of our students, unleashing the creativity of our researchers and contributing to the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the communities we serve. For example, donations will provide critical financial support for students who could not otherwise afford a university education. We invite you to join SFU's power of engagement and our 50th anniversary campaign.