I am chairing a panel called Identity Crisis – the challenges of building effective Digital Arts programs inside/outside of Studio Art curriculums at the Mid America College Arts Conference at the University of Cincinnati on October 28, 2016. On the panel are Matt Weedman, Assistant Professor at Wabash College, Colby Jennings, Assistant Professor at Missouri State University, and Marjorie Thompson, MFA student at Empire State College, NY. here is the abstract…. Curriculums in digital art have been created in many colleges under guise of many names (i.e. New Media, Digital Media, Time based media, etc) Part of the reason for the confusion is that digital art may not be a single discipline but an umbrella term to define multi-disciplinary works with some form of digital technology involved in it’s creation. Digital art is often created using other art disciplines such as photography, video, and sculpture. Much of the contemporary digital art that is being made today requires skills that might be considered outside the traditional disciplines of the art degree such as electronics and computer programming. This Panel will encourage discussion about the challenges of building effective curriculums in multidisciplinary digital arts within the traditional studio art degree model. Presenters could address: What is the difference between a degree in digital art versus other fields such as photography or video use digital technologies? Should art schools that offer digital art degrees also teach computer programming, if so how much? Should art programs work with other disciplines such as computer science and business? What are the challenges/success stories of collaboration with disciplines outside the art field? What is the success point of a graduate with a digital art degree? How do art professors address the conceptual and artistic quality of a form that includes commercial and entertainment applications such as video games, social media, and application design? The panel will invite proposals from artists, theorists, and designers.