Technology continues to be evolving in the fields of audio production and engineering, 现场娱乐和平面设计. Today, people have to wear multiple hats when it comes to establishing a career in these fields. To prepare students for these growing career opportunities, Millikin University's 美术学院 has established a new major called 艺术 Technology.
The 艺术 Technology major fosters creative skills and provides hands-on learning experiences in live entertainment technology, audio, video, 平面设计, 数码摄影, 动画 and web-based digital design and communications.
"艺术 Technology majors start with overview courses where they learn some 平面设计, 网页设计, 音响制作及灯光, 数码摄影和一些录像,杰莎·威尔克森说, 他是密利金数字媒体的教育家. "The students are learning all these technical skills, and are also learning to problem solve and think creatively. 他们必须选择一个浓度, but they'll still have this broad base of other technical skills and business skills."
Students can choose a concentration in one of four areas: Visual 媒体, 音频工程和制作, 现场活动技术和视频制作. First-year student Richard Carter, from Oak Lawn, Ill., has aspirations of becoming a music producer and 说 the 艺术 Technology major is teaching him more than just music.
"It's a fast process but I've already learned so much," said Carter. "One part that I've enjoyed learning is coinciding lighting with music in terms of timing – it feels good to know that I can do more than just music in the program. I never expected that I would be doing these types of projects."
Wilcoxen, 谁主要教授视觉媒体, 说, "Students like Richard will be able to use all of these skills. 他可能想成为一名音乐制作人, 但现在的音乐产业, he might have to wear a lot of hats and he'll also be able to do design promotion and website work which are very marketable skills."
The 音频工程和制作 concentration prepares students for career opportunities in professional audio by utilizing Millikin's own recording studio (Millitrax) and performance venues such as 柯克兰美术中心.
Students interested in becoming entertainment technicians can engage in the Live Event Technology concentration where they learn how to set up and operate lighting and projection equipment for live entertainment presentations.
All of these worlds are coming together with the advancements of technology and we're offering a major that allows students to experience it.
"The students are working with state-of-the-art equipment,马特·阿尔布雷希特说, assistant professor of theatre and dance at Millikin. “在柯克兰美术中心这样的地方, they work on lighting sound boards and other equipment that you see on Broadway. ROR平台还与位于Mt的hero Age Studios合作. 锡安(病.) where they have a video production studio with a sound stage where our students, 在未来, 可以学习电影制作并获得IMDb的学分吗."
Albrecht noted, "If you look at concerts and television, all of these things are coming together. You have 平面设计ers who are designing the content for projections that you see behind the artists on stage during concerts or award shows. You need to understand the lighting and sound aspect as well as the video aspect – all of these things are working together and that's why I think it's important to understand all of it."
通过视觉媒体集中, students use their visual communication problem-solving skills to create digital media through design, 动画, 摄影, 以及网页设计和开发. Students are also given the opportunity to work with real clients and provide solutions for business problems.
The Video Production emphasis readies students for a myriad of careers in fields ranging from motion picture, 从电视和纪录片制作到商业电影, 公司和网络视频制作. Students will be tasked with the creation of actual real-world projects helping them build the skills and knowledge they will need for a successful career in the ever-growing world of professional video and cinema.
“艺术技术专业的, we are really emphasizing both the business side and theoretical art so that students can think in both directions,”Wilcoxen说. "The students learn strong business skills in addition to learning how to be creative thinkers using design problem-solving skill sets."
Wilcoxen 说 the 艺术 Technology major will not only prepare students for current jobs, 但是工作岗位还没有被创造出来.
"Students are going to have these interdisciplinary set of skills and they'll be ready to be on the future side of the business industry as well as the current side,”Wilcoxen说.
Potential work environments for 艺术 Technology majors include: advertising agencies, 电影或录音工作室, 公司内部的创意部门, 音乐会和剧院, 或者甚至在家经营自己的生意.
"When I've talked with people out in the industry about this major, they are really excited about what we're doing and they think it's really important,”阿尔布雷特说. "All of these worlds are coming together with the advancements of technology and we're offering a major that allows students to experience it."
For more information on the 艺术 Technology major, visit deanofthecollege.raeldevelopmentcorp.com/arts-technology.