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January's Major Spotlight: Design, Arts, and Technology (DAT)

The intersection of the arts, communication, information technology and music technology has created many new and exciting career opportunities.  To better prepare students for the jobs of the 21st century, faculty from Art, Communication, Information Technology and Music gathered to design a broad, interdisciplinary program exposing students to the multiple academic disciplines impacted by contemporary information technology tools and techniques.  The breadth of the Design, Arts and Technology (DAT) major combined with the depth of a complementary or second major prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers in the digital world including:

  • Web Authoring
  • Mobile App Development
  • Film and TV Production
  • Animation
  • Game Design
  • Video and Sound Editing
  • Multimedia Art
  • Advertising Design
  • Online Course Publishing
  • Interactive Media Design

While majoring in a single discipline such as art or communication provides invaluable theory and depth of knowledge, it is difficult to gain the skills and tools from the wide range of disciplines essential to prepare for the career fields mentioned above.  Students can choose the second major from one the following depending on his or her specific career goals:

  • Art with an emphasis in Digital Art, Painting, Photography or Sculpture
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Communications
  • English
  • Music Technology

While some of above careers will require an advanced degree or in-depth technical skills, many career options are available to the serious student with the DAT double major.  To see how some recent Bellarmine grads have started their career, watch this introductory video on the Bellarmine website: http://www.bellarmine.edu/ce/DAT.aspx

Upon completion of the DAT major, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Apply a wide variety of contemporary multimedia technologies
  2. Create original multimedia work that demonstrates an understanding of aesthetic principles and meets professional standards of craft, content and presentation
  3. Collaborate in the production of a capstone multimedia product
  4. Integrate the theory and skills of the disciplines of art, communication, music and technology into a cohesive body of knowledge

For further details on the major, please see our program catalog at:  https://catalog.bellarmine.edu/2012-2013/dept/dat

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