Founded in 1968, Intermedia at Iowa was the first interdisciplinary art program in the country. Today, students and faculty in Intermedia continue that commitment to experimental art and hybrid practices through creative research. Our work encompasses video, sound, performance, installation, New Media, and community-based and social practices. Our courses stress conceptual development as well as technical skills. We help students to develop their personal interests, contextualized by the histories of avant-garde art and a critical awareness of contemporary cultural conditions.
Intermedia offers introductory through advanced courses on a wide range of forms and topics. Our sophisticated Mac-based labs support high definition video production and 5.1 channel surround sound engineering. A wide range of Canon cameras (both video and DSLR), Rode microphones, Lowel light kits, Tascam and Zoom audio recorders, high-capacity external hard drives, tripods, and other accessories are available for checkout by our students. We share digital printing facilities with Photography and offer gallery, project, and studio spaces for the development and presentation of new work.
Intermedia students engage fully in the cultural life of the university and community, participating in conferences, screenings, exhibitions and other public events. We actively connect our students with the exceptional resources of the University including (but not limited to) Music, Creative Writing, Center for the Book, Cinematic Arts, Theater, Dance, Computer Science, Communications Studies, International Programs and the broad range of programs in liberal arts and sciences, as well as other disciplines within the School of Art & Art History.