Arts Technology Major

Arts Technology consists of a core of foundational courses in a range of arts-related technologies along with courses in arts entrepreneurship. Students will choose an area of concentration from the following:

Course work is practice and project based, incorporating Performance Learning opportunities throughout. A degree in Arts Technology will prepare students to work in a variety of arts and entertainment industries. Possible career paths would include:

  • audio production and engineering
  • animation and motion graphics
  • live entertainment
  • lighting and projection design and implementation
  • video production and editing

Students can earn either a BA or BS degree in the Arts Technology major. 

Arts Technology Learning Goals

Students will:

  • Be conversant in the visual and performing arts, demonstrating an understanding of their aesthetics and discourses.
  • Acquire and apply, through Performance Learning, the skills needed to be proficient in essential arts technologies.
  • Develop a collaborative, entrepreneurial mindset appropriate to opportunities and accountability at the intersection of arts and technology.

Requirements for the Arts Technology Major, in addition to the University Studies requirements for either a BA or BS degree, students will complete 47-51 semester hours in the Arts Technology Core and 18-19 semester hours in a chosen concentration. 

The future is interdisciplinary and with a major in Arts Technology our Millikin University students will be ready for it.

 


Plans of Study By Concentration and Degree (BA or BS)

Arts Technology 8 Semester Plans of Study

Arts Technology Core Courses (Credits)

AT 110 Introduction to Digital Media (3)
This course introduces students to professional technology in digital media and experimental artistic techniques. Students will be asked to explore topics such as digital art, graphic design, web design and development through the creation of independent digital media projects, individually, and in groups. Class meetings will include technology workshops, seminar-style discussion of assigned readings, and critiques of student works. Studio and Lecture. Meets the Creative Arts general education requirement.
AT 153 Arts Technology Essentials: Audio & Drafting (2)
This is an introductory course in digital audio theory, formats and editing, and the fundamental principles and techniques of drafting. The emphasis is on learning to see how audio and drafting are incorporated in live entertainment and to develop a common language in regard to these disciplines. Topics covered include basic understanding of equipment used, careers in the field, a review of basic concepts with regard to composition, analysis, and research.
AT 151 Arts Technology Essentials: Lighting, Photography, & Video (2)
This is an introductory course to the fundamental principles and techniques of Entertainment lighting technology, photography, and video. The emphasis is on learning to see how lighting, photography, and video are incorporated in live entertainment and to develop a common language in regard to all three disciplines. Topics covered include basic understanding of equipment used, careers in the field, a review of basic concepts with regard to composition, analysis, and research.
AT 157 Storytelling (3)
Through discussion, exercises and projects, students will learn to recognize and utilize the basic elements of compelling stories. They will gain insights necessary to analyze and understand how stories have influenced their own lives. And in turn, they will practice the skills they will need to influence the lives of others by learning how best to create, distribute and tell stories of their own.
AT 341 Live Entertainment Networking and Control Systems (3)
This course will take an in-depth examination of the control and networking technology used in lighting, lasers, sound, stage machinery, animatronics, special effects, and pyrotechnics for concerts, theme parks, theatre, themed-retail, cruise ships, museums, interactive performing arts, and special events.Pre-requisites: AT110, AT151, AT153. AT370
AT 396 Arts Technology Cornerstone Project (1-3)
The Cornerstone Project will focus on the marketing, recording, representation or documentation of an existing arts project such as a live performance, installation, exhibition, concert, or event which will serve as the project’s “content.” Projects may be individual or collaborative depending on the nature of the content and the media used to represent it. The project will be supervised by faculty and evaluated by faculty, student peers, and/or third-party stakeholders.
Internship (2)
The Arts Tech internship will provide students with the opportunity for Performance Learning through cooperation with an external company, organization, or individual. Students will collaborate with faculty to develop academic learning goals specific to the work of the external partner, and practice arts technology skills under the supervision of industry professionals.
AT490 Portfolio and Professional Development (1)
From the beginning of the curriculum, in the core and in individual emphases, students will be compiling a variety of arts technology projects and products. This course will focus on effectively arranging and presenting each student's work in an effective professional portfolio. The course delivery will be in "master class" format, allowing faculty and industry professionals to review student portfolios, offer constructive criticism, industry insights, and professional mentorship to students entering an arts technology field. Course must be taken during the student's last semester on campus. Pre-requisites: AT110, AT151, AT153, senior status, or consent of the instructor.
AT496 Art Technology Capstone Project (3)
The Capstone Project will be the creation of a public initiative, event, or experience that incorporates the use of arts technologies, marketing, and entrepreneurial skills in its conception and execution. Students will work individually and in teams on pieces of a larger, collaborative enterprise. The project will be overseen by the Arts Tech faculty, and evaluated by faculty, student peers, and third-party stakeholders. Pre-requisites: AT110, AT151, AT153, junior standing, or consent of the instructor.
TH135 Elements and Principles of Design(3) or AR105 2D Design (3)
TH135: This course is intended to introduce the student to basic design principles and explores the elements of design through a variety of abstract and conceptual projects that incorporate 2-D, 3-D and Kinetic design. An emphasis on presentation and communication of ideas will be a focus of this class.

AR105: Comprehensive study in black and white of principles and elements of two-dimensional composition. Topics covered include line, shape, texture, value, space, rhythm, balance, unity, variety, repetition, movement, scale and proportion. Color projects are introduced to develop artistic awareness and solutions to color theory. Studio and lecture.

AR1015 Discourses in Media & Design (3)
This course introduces students to ongoing conversations in the arts, media and design. It offers students an occasion to perform the visual, verbal, and conceptual skill-sets essential to describing and analyzing aestheticforms. Students will consider composition, color, and texture (among others) as they apply to advertising, performance art, media, and film (among others). Lectures, discussions, readings, and experiential assignments will draw from a variety of media, cultures, and periods.
AC210 Principles of Accounting (3)
The course is designed to provide students with the ability to understand how financial transactions are systematically captured and reported in financial statements. In addition, students will understand how to use information obtained from the financial statements to improve operational efficiency and profitability. Cannot be used for credit for any major in the Tabor School.
FI300 Personal Finance (1)
Personal Finance is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of how to successfully handle their personal finances at all stages of their life. This course covers financial planning, managing money and credit, insurance issues, investing topics, retirement and estate planning and dealing with financial life events. Open to all majors. Pre-requisite: Junior standing.
MK 363 Brand Loyalty through Digital Media (3)
This course focuses on how to develop and build brand loyalty through digital media like websites, social media, mobile apps and emerging technologies. Students will learn about the basics of brand dynamics and user experiences. Case studies will be used to illustrate how individual brands use digital media to develop and build brand loyalty culminating with the creation and promotion of your personal brand through digital media. Learn (best social media practices), discover (your personal brand), create (an online presence), measure (your impact) & analyze (your efforts). Students will complete a social media management system certification. Pre-requisites: MK200, Junior standing
ET3401 Foundations of Entrepreneurship(3) or ET3801 Art of Entrepreneurship (3)
ET3401:This course will provide students with the understanding of the entrepreneurship process: Recognize opportunity, identify target market, convert idea to concept, determine and acquire resources, implement and lead the organization,and harvest and exit. Searching for a valid business model, students will take their business idea through the process and create a feasibility study and operating plan. Students will also acquire an understanding of business ethics and social responsibility in business creation. Pre-requisite: AC230 or AC210

ET3801: The course provides students with the full range of practical application of entrepreneurial theories behind new venture creation. Students will ideate, pitch, fund, launch, and harvest a micro-venture of their own imagination and/or passion. The course focuses on understanding the process of creativity and opportunity recognition and introduces students to the risks and rewards of ownership through a venture of their own design. The course engages in new venture creation, customer empathy, sales and income generation, and documentation. Finally, students keep the profits from their venture, and some students choose to continue their venture following the course.

TH3231 Arts Management (3)
Through the continued practice of collaboration, analysis, and professionalism, students will understand the basics of the wide range of types of theatre and the process of staffing, budgeting, marketing, development and season planning. As an ongoing project, students will apply what they read, learn, and practice to the entrepreneurial creation of a hypothetical non-profit theatre company.
TH390/AR390/MC390/AR325 Student-run Ventures for 2 semesters (2-6)
TH390. Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (1-3) Students enrolled in TH390 are the Artistic and Production Teams of Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre, Millikin's student-run theatre company. Teams meet weekly to establish goals, set timelines, and execute plans in addition to presenting a monthly report to the Pipe Dreams Advisory Board. Emphasis is placed on concept and business development, programming, and marketing/branding. AR390. Blue Connection (3) Students enrolled in AR390 are the Gallery Team of Blue Connection, Millikin's student-run retail art gallery. The Gallery Team meets weekly to establish goals for management, inventory, marketing, collaboration and finance. They set timelines and execute plans in addition to presenting reports to faculty and advisory boards. Emphasis is placed on strategic planning, opportunity recognition, and ownership. This course also serves as the BA capstone for the art department. MC390. First Step Records (1) Managing and operating First Step Records, Millikin University's record label and publishing entity. Students gain practice learning opportunities in production, manufacturing, accounting, legal affairs, publishing, marketing/ promotion/sales, graphic arts, artists and repertoire, and e-commerce. Students also explore entrepreneurial opportunities in music business. Pre-requisite: junior standing in MUMB or consent of instructor. AR325. Graphic Design: Ad Agency (3) Designed to familiarize the student with problems and solutions encountered in daily work situations. Assignments include the design of catalog covers,brochures, letterheads, logos and posters. Students will have the opportunity to interact with real clients and learn professional skills related to the design profession. Studio and lecture. Pre-requisite: AR125 or 201.