Design, Arts and Technology

Enhance your major with a secondary degree in Design, Arts and Technology.

The Design, Arts and Technology (DAT) program is a secondary major that integrates the fine and applied arts with digital technology. Our Design, Arts and Technology program fosters creativity in digital media design and allows students to develop skills in a variety of areas, including:

  • Website Development and Design
  • Film and Video Production
  • Sound Editing and Audio Production
  • Multimedia Art 
  • Graphic Design
  • 2D Animation
  • Communications Technology

Program Highlights

Combined with the depth of a primary major, the breadth of the Design, Arts and Technology major prepares students for the challenges of the multimedia field and makes them more marketable for careers that incorporate digital technology. Throughout the program, students will gain expertise in Adobe Creative Cloud, website content management software, and digital audio workstations, producing work that can be used for a professional portfolio. The program's curriculum is interdisciplinary and is taught by faculty who specialize in digital photography, technical communication, graphic design, digital media, music technology, film, and entrepreneurship. DAT students’ complementary major must be in Art, Business, Communication, Computer Science, English, or Music.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Are personal computers or laptops required?
A. No. The university computer labs contain the hardware and software needed to complete all coursework. However, many students choose to purchase a laptop loaded with Adobe Photoshop and other programs frequently used in class.

Q. Is any other equipment required?
A. All Design, Arts and Technology majors must complete a video course. Some courses require students to have access to a video camera that is not provided by the program. Check for details in the Schedule of Classes when you register for courses. Elective courses, such as digital photography or digital illustration, may require students to use their own equipment.

Q. Do I need to have any specific technology skills before I enter the program?
A. No. Students at all levels of technological literacy are welcome in the Design, Arts and Technology program.

Q. Do I need to have any design experience before I enter the program?
A. No. Students at all skill levels in design are welcome in the Design, Arts and Technology program.

Q. Do I need to have artistic talent to complete this major, or can I focus on design and technology?
A. Artistic skills are developed as part of the coursework for the major. They are not required prior to entering the program. Students will work with a variety of faculty who have backgrounds in Communication, Art, Music Technology, and other fields during the course of study.

Q. What kinds of capstone projects do students typically undertake?
A. Capstone projects are designed to allow students to focus on a creative, technology-driven project of their choosing. Past seniors have worked in web design, print design, illustration, audio, video, animation, and digital photography. Students are encouraged to be creative and to design projects that highlight their personal interests and skill sets.

Q. Am I required to complete an internship in both DAT and my other major?
A. No. DAT majors are required to complete one internship; however, many complete more than one to gain additional work experience. The DAT internship requirement is automatically fulfilled by completing any required internships in your second major.

Alumni Story

Shae Goodlett ‘17

“As a commercial illustrator, my background in the Design, Arts and Technology program at Bellarmine informs my work every day. In a very competitive field, learning the ins and outs of various design software has given me a leg up on becoming a more marketable/versatile artist. The skill-set you will acquire through the DAT program will make a lasting impact on your professional career. But, more importantly, your overall experience at Bellarmine, the friends you make, and the people you meet, will make a lasting impact on your life.”

Shae Goodlett ‘17

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Laura Hartford, M.F.A.

Laura Hartford, M.F.A., Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor of Art
Laura Hartford teaches photography and digital art and serves as an Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences. She has a background in fine art and commercial media production, including credits as an Associate Producer of video programs for Donna Lawrence Productions. She holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington and is the recipient of grants for art and teaching from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Society for Photographic Education, and the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Her work is included in both private and institutional collections at the University of Louisville Photographic Archives, the Kinsey Institute, the Preus Museum of Photography in Horten Norway, and the William Henry Fox Talbot Museum in Lacock, England, where she has also served as an artist in residence.

Shawn Apostel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Instructional Technology Specialist

Shawn Apostel, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Instructional Technology Specialist
Dr. Apostle has a B.A. in Journalism from Toccoa Falls College, an M.A.in Professional Communication from Clemson University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from Michigan Technological University. A graphic designer by trade, Dr. Apostel formerly served as the Communication Coordinator for the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University from 2010-2013 and the Information and Graphics Specialist for the City of Toccoa from 2008-2010. 
Dr. Apostel's research interests include teaching with technology, applied creativity, digital ethos, e-waste reduction, and visual communication. He is chair of the Visual Rhetoric Panel for the South Atlantic Modern Language Association and serves as a reviewer for various journals and conferences. His work is published by IGI Global, CCDigital Press, Lexington Books, New Forums Press, and Computers and Composition Online. His co-edited book Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication was published by IGI Global in December, and his co-authored book Teaching Creative Thinking: A New Pedagogy for the 21st Century will be published by New Forums Press this Spring.

Dr. Michael D. Mattei

Michael D. Mattei, Ph.D., Professor in the Rubel School of Business
Dr. Mattei is a professor of management information systems in the Rubel School of Business. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Louisville and an MBA in finance from Indiana University-Bloomington. He has also served as Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Education, and Executive director of the Bellarmine Center for Interdisciplinary Technology & Entrepreneurship from 2004-2012. Dr. Mattei has been teaching information systems and entrepreneurship for 18 years. Prior to beginning a career in teaching, he was vice president of information technology at IMX, Inc. His 15 years of corporate experience includes work at Cincinnati Milacron, General Electric, and Brown & Williamson, where he served as manager of domestic and international marketing systems.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the required courses for the DAT major along with the requirements of a complementary major: Art, Business, Communication, Computer Science, English, or Music. Students must also complete a three-hour internship, ideally in their complementary major.

Accreditation

Bellarmine University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

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