Creative Technology

Creative Technologies

Do you tinker, build, make, create, invent or innovate? The creative technology major is an interdisciplinary program that combines studies in technology, design thinking, computer sciences, 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
  • 3-D scanning
  • Laser cutting
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Small scale CNC machining
  • Programmable logic controllers
  • Industrial robotics
  • Fiberglass 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 understanding human usage of objects in the world as it is, thinking about what could be, and solving the hard problems that change what could be into what is.

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, interest, 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.