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Imagine working with a team of students on a major project using visual, audio, and interactive components; and being able to successfully design and program all aspects of the project using powerful technical media. This is what students in the Arts Technology program do. Students use digital media to explore areas of traditional creative art making in music, sound, still and moving imagery, and typography to express ideas and solve problems.

Articulation Agreements

The Arts Technology Program has partnered with Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College and Elgin Community College and produced 2 + 2 Articulation Agreements that will allow transfer students a smooth transition into the Arts Technology major.

Why Study Arts Technology?

Students throughout the Arts program can take courses in Arts Technology, but those who major in Arts Technology get more in-depth study in digital image-making, audio, and interactive environments such as the Web. The program is a multimedia program providing experiences in music (sound design), theater (light and sound design), and art (Web design). The curriculum emphasizes theory, design, and practice in the application of computer technology to art, music, and theatre. A degree in Arts Technology prepares students with a broad range of knowledge and skills in multimedia design, including digital video and sound, computer graphics and theater design, digital and MIDI music, and Web design.

Related Majors

Related Skills

  • Ability to identify and analyze strategies of compositionin the work of digital arts
  • Strong time-management and organizational skills, able to meet deadlines
  • Use html and WYSIWYG editors to create interactive web experiences that are visually and aurally inventive
  • Createand edit sound materials digitally
  • Operate either a Windows or Macintosh PC
  • Capture, edit, and manipulate both motion and still images
  • Work withother artists in collaborative projects
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to use several technologies
  • Working and collaborating with artists in a variety of arts
  • Grasp basic concepts in Theatre, Art and Music and apply them in digital arts
  • Identifyand analyze strategies of composition in the work of digital artists
  • Solve problems, both technical and aesthetic, in a digital environment
  • Explore computer arts as a performance medium

Related Fields

  • Advertising
  • Digital Artist
  • Digital Sound Producer
  • Digital Video Producer
  • Light and Set Designer
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia Design
  • Multimedia Production
  • Web developer

Career Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Mark Fauble  110 Student Services Building  mbfaubl@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5825 

Internship Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Jody Decremer  Center for Visual Arts 108  decremer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3921 

Applying to Illinois State

Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit  the Office of Admissions  to apply today!

Applying to the Program

  • Letter of application stating your interest and what track (Art, Music, or Theatre) you will emphasize.
  • Writing sample: may be poems, short story, script, or an essay. If you wish, you may write on what you think the role of an arts technologist in the 21st century will be (this is only a suggestion for those who don't have writing samples at the ready).
  • A resume and/or examples of work relevant to what you would be studying as an Arts Technology major. Please submit 3-5 pieces. Your letter of application should provide the context for presenting this work.
  • Your name MUST appear on your portfolio. The portfolio will include some of the following, depending on your interest and experience:
    • drawings
    • web site design
    • musical composition
    • musical performance
    • theatre resume
    • sketches of theatre design work
    • digital audio
    • samples painting
    • photography
    • multimedia work.

Students interested in the music concentration may also be asked to audition or interview to assess their readiness for courses in music theory.

If you are submitting your work in digital format (not required), please make it readable on both Mac and PC, and present it on a CD, or a DVD.

Deadlines and Review Dates

  • Deadline for Fall submissions is February 1
  • Deadline for Spring submissions is September 15 

You are responsible for arranging for the return of your materials. Inquiries: (309) 438-3921 or decremer@ilstu.edu.

For more information about the program, department tours, and classroom visits, contact Jody DeCremer at decremer@ilstu.edu, (309) 438-3921, or Center for Visual Arts 108.

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

This information is based on requirements for the academic year(s) indicated. Students should consult the catalog year they were admitted under for their academic requirements.

Applying to Illinois State

The Arts Technology Program has partnered with Heartland Community College, Illinois Central College and Elgin Community College to allow transfer students a smooth transition into the Arts Technology major. View more about these agreements.

Applying to the Program

  • Letter of application stating your interest and what track (Art, Music, or Theatre) you will emphasize.
  • Writing sample: may be poems, short story, script, or an essay. If you wish, you may write on what you think the role of an arts technologist in the 21st century will be (this is only a suggestion for those who don't have writing samples at the ready).
  • A resume and/or examples of work relevant to what you would be studying as an Arts Technology major. Please submit 3-5 pieces. Your letter of application should provide the context for presenting this work.
  • Your name MUST appear on your portfolio. The portfolio will include some of the following, depending on your interest and experience:
    • drawings
    • web site design
    • musical composition
    • musical performance
    • theatre resume
    • sketches of theatre design work
    • digital audio
    • samples painting
    • photography
    • multimedia work.

Students interested in the music concentration may also be asked to audition or interview to assess their readiness for courses in music theory.

If you are submitting your work in digital format (not required), please make it readable on both Mac and PC, and present it on a CD, or a DVD.

Deadlines and Review Dates

  • Deadline for Fall submissions is February 1
  • Deadline for Spring submissions is September 15

You are responsible for arranging for the return of your materials. Inquiries: (309) 438-3921 or decremer@ilstu.edu

Minimum GPA

2.50

Middle 50% GPA

2.73 - 3.23

Required Courses

None

Recommended Courses

Fine art core fundamentals and 6 to 9 hour completed in the chosen emphasis.

Additional Information

Portfolio Review and/or interview with department

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Jody Decremer  Center for Visual Arts 108  decremer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3921 

Middle 50% GPA

2.73 - 3.23

Plans of Study and Progress Tracking

Application Period

Applications are always available.

Application Information

Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Major Requirements

Portfolio review and/or interview with Arts Technology Admissions Committee.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone
Jody Decremer  Center for Visual Arts 108  decremer@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3921 
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