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 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 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
Definitely not Vo-Tech
The Creative Technology 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 Technology 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.
BERRY COLLEGE’S MAKERSPACE
Where does all this happen? The designing, inventing, building and problem solving all occur in a special lab that is also known as a “makerspace.” On campus, the physical computing lab is located in McAllister Hall, but it’s not very big. To provide enough room for the program, Berry partners with 7Hills
Makerspace in downtown Rome.
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, programmable logic controllers & advanced robotics, qualitative research methods and web design.