University of Rochester

Ronald Rettner Hall

for Media Arts and Innovation

Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation provides space where ideas flourish, cross-disciplinary collaboration is second nature, and students learn the practical skills necessary to succeed in an ever-increasingly technological world. Learn about creativity that abounds here.

man on rooftop

Checking in on the Digital World

Scholars and practitioners gather to consider media, culture, and a digital future.
Rochester Review, September/October 2013


Midnight Ramblers in the studio

Tinkerer, Scholar, Hacker, Innovator

New initiatives aim to guide the creative energies of Rochester undergraduates in digital media and in engineering innovation.
Rochester Review, May/June 2012


professors making music

At the ‘Intersection of Science, Engineering, and Music’

New major in audio and music engineering aims to make its grads the ‘gold standard’ in evolving fields.
Rochester Review, September/October 2012


Joan Saab

Building a Platform

Visual and cultural studies scholar Joan Saab is helping to develop a new model for humanities research.
Rochester Review, July/August 2011


Joan Saab on Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

Joan Saab, chair of the Department of Art and Art History, talks about how the construction of Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation will impact the digital media studies and engineering programs that will be housed there.


James Zavislan on Ronald Retttner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation

Associate Professor of Optics and Director of Institute Ventures, James Zavislan, talks about how the construction of Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation will impact the digital media studies and engineering programs that will be housed there.


Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation: A Student's Perspective

Digital media studies major Grayson Cowing talks about why studying digital media is important to him and how Ronald Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation will enhance the educational experience for students.


Audio and Music Engineering

In response to rapid changes in the field of audio engineering, the University of Rochester is combining its expertise in music and engineering to help students succeed in the redefined industry.
January 2013


Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

This course from the University of Rochester will be available free online from Coursera beginning in June 2013. Sign up


Indeterminate Hikes

Assistant professor of art Cary Peppermint combines art and mobile technology in a way that allows his students to explore urban spaces in new ways.
January 2013


A Preview of Rettner Hall

Thomas DiPiero, dean for humanities and interdisciplinary studies, takes viewers on a tour of Rettner Hall while it is under construction.