1980's- The Office of Research in Arts Technology (ORAT) was created to provide instructional support in personal computing for computer music and graphics and became the first college at Illinois State University to have email and a "microcomputer" lab.
1990's- ORAT’s support mission grew significantly as personal computing became essential to the work of the university. Students began to demand more technology courses, and various certificates and concentrations in Arts Technology were offered across the College’s three departments under the guidance of Associate Dean and Director of ORAT, David Williams.
1999- New undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Arts Technology are developed, vetted by the College and the Academic Senate, and approved by the IBHE. Their interdisciplinary nature makes the degrees unique in the State of Illinois.
2000's- First students admitted into Arts Technology major.
2000-2009- As a single unit, ORAT provides technology support to the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, and its director, Shari Zeck, also directs the growing Program in Arts Technology.
2010 - Present- The Arts Technology Program is moved out from under the umbrella of ORAT. ORAT continues to provide support services to the Wonsook Kim College of Fine Arts, now under the new name CFA-IT.