Unorthodox Approaches

CTD (previously TAM) is unique. Our curriculum offers comprehensive technical skills instruction, but these applications are targeted towards traditional as well as creative, speculative and unorthodox ends. For example, CTD students who learn to be skillful full-stack web developers are also prepared to use those abilities to produce bleeding-edge, innovative projects that challenge traditional conceptions of what websites can be. Students who complete the program do so with a unique, relevant and highly-transferrable technical and creative skill set.


CTD is discipline-agnostic and encourages students to pursue their interests and passions in ways that conform to, as well as breach traditional disciplinary canons. The CTD faculty is well prepared to help students discover, explore and expand their tangential and transdisciplinary pursuits. This educational philosophy will prepare students for rapid shifts and innovations in today's and tomorrow's creative technology landscape.

Creative Production and Critical Perspectives

CTD students are prolific creators, but are also able to critically engage with the works that they produce. They learn to critically and conceptually assess the works that they create. Undergraduate courses are designed on the studio model that integrates faculty and peer critique at every level. Graduates of the CTD program are equally creator and critic, artist and theorist.

A New Type of Student

Students who may not find their interests aligned with traditional degree programs may find the CTD BS an exciting option, allowing them to simultaneously develop technical and creative abilities while investigating the arts and humanities. The CTD BS program caters to a new kind of hybrid student, students who would not ordinarily consider an engineering major, but who will eagerly develop technical mastery in service of creative goals and objectives.

Industry and Career Paths

Graduates of the CTD BS will be well prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Graphic Design & Visual Communication
  • 3D Modeling, Gaming & Simulation
  • Information Design & Data Visualization
  • Motion Graphics & Animation
  • Video & Narrative Media
  • Robotics & Physical Computing
  • Interactive Environment Design & Development
  • Digital Sound, Production & Electronic Music
  • Web Design & Development
  • Mobile Application Design & Development

Students who complete the program are also highly prepared to pursue graduate or advanced degrees in various technological fields as well as the arts.