About Us


Message from the Dean

Welcome to York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design.

AMPD mirrors my own personal history and contemporary arts research practice, which is located at the convergence of art, science and technology. My parents were radio, stage and symphony performers, as well as early broadcast television pioneers. Growing up, a network television studio was my second home. I delighted in the encoding of images, stories, sounds and dreams to be transmitted around the globe.

For a kid, this was pure magic, and it provided a remarkable foundation on which to build my own  practice as an artist, researcher and educator. My passions have led me to a lifelong commitment to interdisciplinary arts education, forging creative partnerships across the arts, media and engineering domains.

I am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to build a next-generation arts school at York University, to help you realize your dreams beyond disciplinary boundaries. At AMPD, you’re an artist set on a path to materialize your visionary career. Our school offers you a vibrant community, industry connections and world-class facilities in which to experiment, learn and create. You are encouraged to collaborate with peers and professionals to explore imaginative ways of thinking and doing, with the potential to make a meaningful impact in the world.

At the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, we believe the single most valuable asset for your future success is creativity. We stand on the threshold of a dramatically new, radically different kind of future, where the communication of our ideas and their physical and virtual expression have extraordinary value, and are poised to become the new currency of a creative, experience-based economy.

As artists and cultural innovators, we have the opportunity to define the future. Join us at AMPD to unleash your creativity!


Shawn Brixey
Dean, School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design