Our program is unique in that it integrates study across the arts with the study of digital technologies. As David Williams, Professor of Music and key designer of the Arts Technology Program, puts it, "We put the emphasis on the 's' in 'Arts Technology.'"
The Illinois State University Program in Arts Technology offers a wide range of experiences for students to develop their artistic talents through new technologies. Our students explore the borders of disciplines made blurry by digital technologies.
Often Arts Technology students have interests across the Arts and see the computer as a way to bridge those interests. Some of our best student work has been created by students who are strong musicians, but discover a new way to meld sound, visuals, and interactivity in a web project, or is created by students who are primarily focused on the visual arts but discover that working with digital audio opens up new horizons for them.
Upon graduation, students with an undergraduate degree in Arts Technology will be able to:
- Use html and WYSIWYG editors to create interactive web experiences that are visually and aurally inventive
- Create and edit sound materials digitally
- Operate either a Windows or Macintosh PC
- Capture, edit, and manipulate both motion and still images
- Work with other artists in collaborative projects
- Grasp basic concepts in Theatre, Art, and Music and apply them in digital arts
- Identify and analyze strategies of composition in the work of digital artists
- Solve problems, both technical and aesthetic, in a digital environment
- Explore computer arts as a performance medium
Undergraduates will be allowed to continue in the arts technology program if they have:
- Completed the 11-hour Fine Arts core.
- Completed the 8-hour Arts Technology core with grades of "C" or better.
- Met and continue to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
- Complete their 300-level courses in the Arts Technology curriculum with no grade less than a "C" in any major courses.
- Demonstrated competency through a portfolio review
- The portfolio review will take place after completion of the Fine Arts core and ATK 201. The portfolio will contain examples of work in Arts Technology.
The major in Arts Technology is a 55-hour interdisciplinary program in the College of Fine Arts. The degree provides undergraduate training and experiences that provides students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in multimedia design, including digital video and sound, computer graphics and theatre design, digital and MIDI music, and web design.
Refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate Catalog for detailed information about program requirements, course descriptions and prerequisites.
All classes require "Clearance" from Arts Technology Advisor
Courses offered for Spring 2016 include:
- ATK 301.01 -- Software Design 1 -- MW 1:00-2:15 in CW 315
- ATK 301.02 -- Software Design 1 -- MW 11:30-12:45 in CVA 50
- ATK 380.02 -- TBA -- MW 10:00-11:15 in CVA 50
- ATK 300.01 -- Career Workshop -- 5 weeks F 9:00-10:50 in CVA 50
- ATK 300.02 -- Career Workshop -- 5 weeks F 1:00-2:50 in CVA 50
- ATK 201.02 -- Basic Skills in the Digital Arts -- MW 1:00-1:50 in CVA 201
- ATK 260.01 -- Computer Arts Performance -- MW 4:00-5:15 in CVA 50
- ATK 260.02 -- Computer Arts Performance -- MW 2:30-3:45 in CVA 50
- ART 284 -- Expanded Media 1-- TR 9:00-11:50 in CVA 32
Students utilize digital tools and fabrication techniques in studio art production, exploring specialized topics such as programming, motion, and time.
Prerequisites: ART 103, 104, 109
- ART 357 -- Expanded Media 2-- MW 1:00-3:50 in CVA 32
Prerequisites: ART 284
- ART 371 -- Digital 3-D --TR 1:00-3:50 in CVA 50
Not for graduate credit.
- ATK 302 -- Software Design 2 -- TR 1:30-2:45 in CW 315
- ATK 380.04 -- TBA -- TR 10:00-11:15 in CW 315
- MUS 223 -- Music Business 2 -- TR 12:00-1:15 in CE 229
- ATK 340.01 -- Sound Design -- TR 10:00-11:15 in CVA 50
- ATK 380.05 -- Advanced Digital Audio --TR 8:30-9:45 in CVA 50
Prerequisites: ATK 340
- ATK 380.06 -- Mixing and Mastering Multitrack Recordings -- TR 11:30-12:45 in CVA 50
- Using pre-existing stems from Weathervane recording sessions to practice mixing and mastering techniques on multi-track recordings. Students taking this course will need to pay an $80 membership fee to join Weathervane Music to become a 'premix member' http://weathervanemusic.org/membership This membership will provide you with all the hi-res tracks/stems to use throughout the semester. Prereq: Advanced Digital Audio or Consent of Instructor
- ATK 401 -- Portfolio Development in Arts Technology -- Friday, December 4, 2015, 9:00am - 4:30pm, CVA 50.
Other meetings maybe arranged at various times throughout the semester.
This course is a group review where graduate students present work to the entire Arts Technology faculty and each other.
For graduate students only
- ART 252.01-- Video 1 -- MW 1:00-3:50 in CVA 11
- ART 252.02-- Video 1 -- MW 6:00-8:50 in CVA 11
- ATK 345 -- Sequencing & Digital Audio -- MW 10:00-11:15 in CVA 315
- ATK 380.01 -- Advanced Web Design and Development -- MW 11:30 - 12:45 in CW 315
This course will focus on advanced web implementations and concepts.
Driven Web Sites, CSS3/HTML5, and Search Engine Optimization.
Prerequisite; ATK 301
- ATK 480 -- Advanced Topics in Arts Technology -- M 5:30-8:20 in CVA 201
For graduate students only