Creative Technology

Creative Technologies


Do you tinker, build, make, create, invent or innovate? The Creative Technologies major is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in technology, design thinking, computer science and business. It uses hands-on technology projects as the means for developing student creativity, analytical and problem solving skills, mathematical and scientific reasoning, collaborative abilities, aesthetic sensibilities, computing, programming skills, project management skills and strategic insights.

The Toolbox

The program of study will utilize both digital and traditional technologies including the following:

  • 3-D printing and scanning
  • Interactive design
  • Programming
  • Laser cutting
  • Circuit building
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Small scale CNC machining
  • Industrial robotics
  • Rapid prototyping and fabrication
  • Welding
  • Woodworking

Definitely not Vo-Tech

The Creative Technologies major is not a series of shop classes or preparation for a trade. None of the technologies listed is an end in itself. All are used to facilitate an understanding of human-centered design and how to solve hard problems in the real world. Making a difference through design, the Creative Technologies major makes it possible for students to engage in projects of personal interest including those that could be commercially viable or address unmet societal needs. Successful students will need to have personal passions, goals, interests and ideas to motivate their projects. A propensity for whimsy, playfulness and bling is a plus. However, make no mistake, the projects are hard work and time-consuming.

Courses

Eleven courses (33 credit hours) are required. The Creative Technologies major is small enough that it can be combined with most other majors and still be completed in about four years. Depending on the other major, some summer course work may be needed. Some examples of courses include creative computing, prototyping basics, interactive design studio, programmable logic controllers and advanced robotics, qualitative research methods and web design.

HackBerry Lab

Where does all this happen? The designing, inventing, building and problem solving all occur in a special place known as HackBerry Lab. It houses the tools, technology and community to support students in the program and gives them a place to let their ideas and prototypes take shape. Creative Technologies is also supported by additional facilities on campus such as the Physical Computer Lab and Green Hall.