The School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), located at SFU's Surrey Campus, is an interdisciplinary research focused school where technologists, artists, designers and theorists collaborate in innovative research and immersive study.

A degree in Interactive Arts and Technology prepares students to play a leading role in the conception of new media and the design of inventive technologies. A SIAT education combines the science of human experience, the analysis of media and culture, the creation of original and experimental works of art, and the implementation of new technologies. Students bring these resources to bear on the most vital and innovative sectors of the economy, building the technologies and experiences that increasingly shape our lives.

According to Maclean’s, SIAT offers the coolest courses at SFU! Aside from ranking SFU as the number one comprehensive university in Canada, Maclean’s highlights two “cool courses” from SIAT: the Semester in Alternate Realities, where interdisciplinary teams solve real-world problems by exploring virtual reality; and IAT 333 – Interaction Design Methods, where students video conference with international human-computer interaction design experts.


SIAT offers four-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science undergraduate programs, as well as Joint Major programs with the School of Communication and the Beedie School of Business.


If you are interested in academic research SIAT offers two-year Master of Art and Master of Science programs, a four-year Doctor of Philosophy program, and a Graduate Certificate in Visual Analytics.


Learn about the wide range of research topics, areas and themes in SIAT as well as the cultural and disciplinary diversity of our researchers.