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Read about the latest news in the realm of Visual arts, performing arts, literature, media, film, design, and intersections with UC Berkeley Arts + Design across the world.

The University of California, Berkeley, is launching an innovative advanced degree in design for emerging technologies. The new Master of Design (MDes) program is a three-semester degree offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Environmental Design.

So far, 2019 has been quite a ride for the Bay Area indie funk band More Fatter. After playing countless shows across San Francisco, releasing single after single and putting together their first headlining tour, the young musicians are more than ready for the hard work to pay off.

Creative Discovery Grants 2018-2019

For the second semester in a row, Berkeley Arts + Design awarded Creative Discovery Grants to Berkeley faculty seeking to develop new undergraduate courses or to enhance existing ones through creative, engaged, participatory learning techniques.

Aligned Identities

Cal grad finds harmony at the nexus of art and science.

Alvaro Azcarraga ’18 discovered two passions in high school. “I found myself drawing in science class and doing science homework in art class,” he recalls.

The Black Aesthetic channels revolutionary history

“The Black Arts Movement [of the 1960s] understood itself as an extension of the black liberation struggle,” says Malika Imhotep. “[Writer] Toni Cade Bambara said the duty of the writer is to make revolution irresistible — I see myself a part of a creativity that was always intentioned for the public good.”

New app the ticket to local arts

As a chemistry major also studying art, Luna Izpisua Rodriguez ’16, M.Eng. ’18, sensed that something was missing. Despite being surrounded by a wealth of Bay Area arts organizations and events, she and her friends weren’t taking advantage of them.

Saying yes to creativity

It’s not news that many U.S. schools are slashing funding for arts education, despite the fact that the arts are proven to boost critical thinking and increase test scores.

Women make noise in Chile’s music scene

For Christina Azahar, a Ph.D. student in ethnomusicology, music festivals are more than a good time. She recently returned to Berkeley after a year as a Fulbright Fellow in Chile, conducting research for her dissertation on the intersection of feminism and popular music in Chile.

Shifting realities: AR/VR explodes on campus

While we live in a physical world, our interactions are driven increasingly by digital means: Almost everyone is looking down at their phones or other devices. Augmented and virtual realities (AR/VR) challenge our relationship with technology by breaking the barriers between the physical and virtual realms.

Multifaceted maker

How do objects reflect cultural moments — and why do we value what we value? These are among the questions that Stephanie Syjuco, assistant professor in art practice, explores in her conceptual art.