Demand caused by the new minor in
Technology, Arts and Media has pushed
enrollments in TAM programs for fall 2010 up by
57% over the previous fall when the program
was just getting under way.
The minor, which requires a combination of required courses and electives totaling 21 credits, integrates technological skills with a critical, theoretical and historical understanding of technology, media and the arts.
Students from a wide range of majors receive instruction in digital media production, design, art criticism, computer programming, information technology, media and societal analysis, and project development. Many students use the program to prepare for careers in information technologies, media production and the arts.
Prior to the previous fall, ATLAS offered an 18-credit certificate in Technology, Arts and Media. That program now has been replaced with a 9-credit certificate in Digital Media. It is offered as an option for students who either do not have the time required to complete the minor sequence or for students who were not accepted into the minor program.
Enrollments in the minor and certificate programs this fall total 428 students; a year ago, there were a total of 272 students in TAM programs, for a 57% increase in enrollments.
The enrollments still tend to be tilted slightly more female than male. Fiftysix percent of the students are female. This runs counter to most technology programs, which tend to have enrollments that are heavily tilted toward males.
The enrollments come from diverse parts of campus, with students coming from seven different colleges and 58 different majors. Journalism students 27% of TAM students, with 128 declared Journalism majors and 45 pre-journalism majors.