What is SIAT?
The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary school with a focus on technology and the human experience. Research in the School is characterized by the four major themes of Computing, Media, Design, and People. We claim that we do Computing as if People, Design, and Media mattered, which is to say that we do work in each of these historically separate fields of research and scholarship in a way that integrates knowledge and expertise from the other disciplines.
Who is SIAT?
SIAT faculty come from a diversity of academic disciplines, including Computer Science, Engineering, Human Factors, Art, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Architecture, Film, Photography, Dance, Animation, Anthropology, Psychology, and English.
Our specialized areas of research include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Interactive Computing (visual analytics, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, tangible interfaces, virtual reality, game design and technology, and other themes)
- Media, Visual Arts and Performance (performance technology, interactive animation, interactive environments and installations, game narrative, film and video, audio/music, digital curation, and other themes)
- Design (parametric design, sustainable design, interaction design, game design, museum design, design for children and the elderly, and other related themes)
- People (cognitive and perceptual psychology, history, anthropology and ethnography of media, chronic pain management, and health data management)
- Science of Interaction (human perceptual, cognitive, interactive, and communicative performance informed by scientific theory and findings)
What can you expect to do at SIAT?
SIAT MSc., MA, and Ph.D. students develop and apply innovative cognitive, social, and humanities research methods to explore the broader implications of advanced information and media technologies. Guided by these studies, they design new technology and media experiences that are responsive to individual, organizational, and societal goals and values. SIAT’s infrastructure includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, combined with the capabilities of our many university collaborators and partner organizations in the public and private sectors.
Our program’s unique focus at the intersection of media arts, science, and computing prepares graduates for diverse careers in the technology sector and in academia. SIAT alumni hold leading positions in industry and academic ones in institutions around the world.
Admission to the program is competitive and depends largely on prior academic preparation, intended focus of study, and academic supervisory availability.