Design, Art & Technology
The Design, Art & Technology program (formerly Multimedia) is a hub for students who want to question, experiment and push the limits of what is possible, while not being bound by specific media or disciplines. There is no such thing as a "typical" Design, Art & Technology student. You'll champion hybrid investigations of media through creativity, collaboration and innovation. Using the building blocks of image, sound, text and interactivity in the ways that you choose to explore, as a Design, Art & Technology major you'll hone your creativity and skills to integrate each of those elements.
In this program, you'll be exposed to emerging art and design practices such as virtual and physical computing, motion graphics, data visualization, interactive installation, programming, electronic music and even entrepreneurship. Your classrooms will be creative playgrounds for new ideas and applications. In this forward-thinking landscape, you learn through play, hands-on experimentation and practical application. Design, Art & Technology prepares you for the changing landscape of technology while ensuring that you have a strong foundation in both art and design.
As many other majors take classes in Design, Art & Technology as electives, your program experience will also include an extended community within an already diverse student body. Within these classes, you'll get to meet and collaborate with musicians, filmmakers, animators, graphic designers, industrial designers, printmakers, dancers and many others. As a graduate, you will be working with people from many different disciplines. It is important that while you are here, you learn the nomenclature of other, specific disciplines so that you can communicate better. Communication fosters collaboration; when collaboration occurs and disciplines converge, the result is innovation.
What makes us different: A modular and flexible curriculum that allows you to explore
The BFA in Design, Art & Technology promotes exploration, discovery, research, risk-taking, ideation, prototyping, experimentation and creativity. In this modular curriculum, you get to balance theory and practice, thinking and making. You will focus on your own creativity and imagination, using technology as a tool rather than as an end goal. The flexibility of the Design, Art & Technology program will allow you to tailor your education towards your interests and career goals. While taking advantage of major courses in other departments across campus, you are able to expand your horizons, suit your needs and satisfy your curiosity. During your time here as an undergraduate, you can do multiple internships and work on various freelance projects. You can also take advantage of the many minors that the University offers such as Web Design, Web Design and Development, Game Design, E-music, Typography or many others. Students learn from award-winning faculty in small seminar and studio classes.
Where do Design, Art & Technology graduates work?
Many Design, Art & Technology alumni launch their careers as entrepreneurs or freelancers, while others have a wide variety of careers in motion graphics, data visualization, physical computing, interactive installation, game design, electronic music, programming and social media. Our alumni businesses include Livid Instruments, a company that produces instruments and software for live performance; Greenable, a chain of eco-friendly building supplies and design stores; and VendrTV, a video-podcast series of curbside cuisine that has been featured on "CBS Evening News."
Our alumni have worked for clients such as K2 Snowboards, New York Times Magazine and Rockstar Games, in addition to such nationally renowned firms and institutions as HTC, Tumblr, Urban Outfitters, Frog Design, Comcast Interactive Media, Big Spaceship and QVC.