New Media, Art, and Technology

Explore your creativity

There’s no limit to your creativity, and the Department of New Media, Art, and Technology at Indiana University Kokomo is here to help you explore your dreams and turn them into art.

Here, you’ll be encouraged to stretch your skills by spending time perfecting your specialty, but also learning other art forms.

This program is designed as a “slip’n’slide” between the right and left brain; where you’ll spend time creating in the traditional studio and time learning emerging, cutting-edge techniques in digital media.

By the time you cross the stage and receive your diploma, you’ll understand how to produce industry-standard work in your concentration, have the practical and theoretical knowledge to critique work, gain the verbal, historical and theoretical knowledge to present your work to an audience, and understand the professional practices required to succeed in your chosen area.

You will also leave with a portfolio filled with your best work, to help you land your dream job and advance in your career.

See what it's like around here

Watch the IU Kokomo: New Media, Art, and Technology (NMAT) Video with Audio Description

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Indiana University Kokomo, Fulfilling the Promise,

“What is creativity?” Gregory Steele asks his class from the front of a classroom.

His lecture continues: “What does it mean to create something from nothing? To be a creative means to be true to the person you are. Why does the world need creativity?”

A student is shown working with clay. A student is shown designing something on a computer screen. A student draws on a stylus tablet to design on a screen.

“How do you learn to be creative?”

A student is shown working on a printmaking project. A student works in photoshop on a computer.

Minda Douglas speaks to the camera: “Indiana University Kokomo is the place to find your creative self.”

Michael Koerner is shown in the design center as students work on laptops behind him. He speaks to the camera: “We’ll help you become the person you were meant to become, the artist you have hiding inside.”

A detail shot is shown of a glass window with a logo and words that read, “the design center.” Michael Koerner and students can be seen working behind the glass.

A narrator says, “The newly-formed creative practice program, New Media, Art, and Technology, will let you discover all areas of art and design, challenge you to experiment with things you never imagined, and prepare you for whatever comes next.”

A professor stands at the back of a class full of students. A student is shown working on a logo for “Gilead House.” A student pours water into a water feature created out of logs and rocks. A student puts greenery in a moat dug into the ground with a design of sticks and flowers on the ground in front of it. A recent alum is shown working on editing video footage in his workplace post-graduation.

Yunjin Woo speaks to the camera, “From basics like drawing, painting, and sculpture…”

A student is shown drawing with a stylus on his computer screen. A student with a welding mask on works on welding together a metal sculpture.

Narrator continues, “…to sound design, digital image making, video, and movie creation…”

A student with headphones on edits a sound project on a computer. Three students work together behind a video camera.

Wayne Madsen speaks to the camera, “…to interactive art and technology, and website design for creative and commercial purposes…”

Two students discuss a graphic design project.

Yunjin Woo continues, “…with a polished portfolio full of your best work, a jam-packed resume with real-world experience, and a firm foundation in a variety of mediums…”

A student explains a sketch he has tacked to a wall to another student. Michael Koerner is seen through the glass that says, “the design center” working with two students. A student works on a sound recording on his computer.

Minda Douglas continues, “…you’ll leave our program ready to tackle the job market and impress future employers.”

Gregory Steele is seen in the front of the classroom speaking to his students, “You already have the creative drive; you’re here to explore it.”

A narrator speaks as words appear on the screen over an image of the Main Building at IU Kokomo, “To learn more about New Media, Art, and Technology, visit Indiana University Kokomo, Fulfilling the Promise,”


Watch the Sculpture S-322 video with audio description. 

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A student speaks: “I know the welder was kind of intimidating at first, but again, like I said, it’s kind of cool just to, you know, just making all that noise and seeing, like, the sparks go everywhere and just melting the metal. So I definitely thought that was pretty cool to use.”

Sparks fly in the studio as people work on projects wearing a mask and using the welder. Gregory Steel is shown using a grinder as students watch. A student is shown using a bandsaw. A student puts on her welding jacket and gloves and a welding mask.

Another student speaks: “It’s been a process. Like I said, I’d never done anything like this before. I really had to, like, figure it out as I was going through learning. It’s fun; I enjoy it. This might be one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at IUK honestly.”

A student is shown using a grinder to cut metal. Another student reaches up a gloved hand to pull down protective goggles as sparks fly. With masks to protective their faces, a student and Gregory steel work on welding a project as sparks continue to fly, casting a purple, blue haze.

Another student speaks: “I’m really into sculpture and this is something that I haven’t tried before. Um, a lot of the stuff I work with is more, like, textile, or like, or smaller scale and everything and so, I don’t know, it’s something I could do to kind of push myself and try something new.”

Students are shown spray painting their pieces with breathing masks on.

Another student speaks: “Pipes have, like, a cylinder shape to them, right? So, you can move all around that surface with every angle imaginable. So you have these other pipes and you’re connecting them and you’re moving them around every different angle and you’re like, ‘Ah, man, I just can’t find it,’ and then that one moment you stop and you’re like, ‘Hey!”

The student holds up his hands and the music stops at the same time.

The student continues speaking: “Hold that right there. Let me look back. And then you look back and you’re like, ‘That’s great.’ That’s just, like, a great moment in life to where you’re like, ‘Ah, man, I just did something wonderful and I didn’t even know what I was doing at that time.’”

Detail shots of the various projects are shown. One project is a blue coil and the camera goes in and through the piece to show us the inside. Another part of the blue project looks like a giant gear.

Gregory Steel, Associate Professor of Fine Arts – Indiana University Kokomo begins speaking: “If I had to identify the most important part of this class, I would say that that’s it. This idea of aesthetic intuition, right? Being…letting your intuition, your sort of aesthetic appreciation guide the process and start to get in touch with that inner, sort of, intuitiveness, that aesthetic intuition that we all have and learn to let that sort of come out.

People work together to move a finished welded art piece. Students collaborate on a piece. A student uses wire to attach jewels to a piece. A student is shown waxing a piece.

The words, “Spark your interest?” appear on the screen.

Indiana University Kokomo

Fulfilling the Promise

I thought I was going to be working with clay, and I was obsessed with the potter’s wheel. My plans have changed night and day. Now I use metal, and I want to be a professor. I fell in love with it the minute the heat went on, with the sound, the noise, and how labor-intensive this work is. I knew this was what I wanted to do.

Cybil Johnson, B.F.A. New Media, Art, and Technology, May 2022

The KEY Experience

At IU Kokomo, we believe in giving you the opportunity to take your learning outside of the classroom and into the real world. The KEY (Kokomo Experience and You) initiative offers Cougars the unique chance to gain first-hand, real-world experience and knowledge in the careers and fields they dream of entering.

Life after graduation

As an artistic creator, you’ve got a highly desirable skillset. Not everyone can take something plain and make it pleasing to the eye, or appreciate the beauty in all things!

The possible careers and paths for someone with a degree in new media, art, and technology are broad. Upon graduation, you’ll have all kinds of options including:

  • Graphic design
  • Art direction
  • Illustration
  • Videography
  • Web design
  • Cinematography
  • Fine Art
  • Photography
  • Social media design

Ready to begin?

Are you interested in learning more? Our Degree Map can tell you all about the courses you’ll take in our school, and our Office of Admissions can point you in the right direction to start your college journey!

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