About ATEC

Intentional Future-Making

The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) is a recognized multidisciplinary academic research school with leading-edge STEAM programs that build upon the creative disciplines of science, technology, art, engineering, and management.

ATEC students and faculty collectively work on Intentional Future-Making by exploring the evolution of media and technology to create innovations that shape how we live, work, and play. We create the future for our communities first in our imagination, then in our research, and creative practice.

The school originated from the Arts and Technology program and the Emerging Communications program housed in the School of Arts & Humanities. Embraced by students and faculty alike, the dynamic growth of ATEC enrollment led to the creation of the new school in February of 2015, making it the first comprehensive academic program designed to merge computer science and engineering with creative arts and humanities.

School Enrollment

ATEC enrolls more than 1,800 students in Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs.

Nils Roemer Fall 2021 Welcome

A Message from Interim Dean Roemer

ATEC future-makers create new experiences that make the world a better place.

We Are Future-Makers

We merge engineering and computer science with arts and humanities to deliver the innovation that comes next.

ATEC areas of study

ATEC offers a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication based in the foundations of computer animation, game studies, UX/UI design, motion graphics, digital fabrication, and media histories. Beginning their third year of study, students have the option to select from one of the following concentrations:

Animation & Games (A&G) offers students creative storytelling with technology to encourage experimentation in form, content, interaction, and medium. ATEC’s animation courses emphasize 3D animation, which includes modeling and texturing, lighting and composition, and rigging, while game development students take coursework in level design, game design, scripting, and more.

Critical Media Studies (CMS) explores the ways media and communication technologies intersect with public thought and social relations. These students explore how we engage technologies to transform the world into a more just and equitable one.

Emerging Media Arts (EMA) offers students coursework in digital arts areas such as digital fabrication, projection mapping, new media art and performance, sound, time-based media, and video. EMA students have the opportunity to engage in studio art practices with emerging media and technology. EMA centers on building a portfolio of studio-based artwork as part of the ongoing social role that art plays in reimagining and projecting the human condition.

Identifying new horizons

A new era of emerging technologies is exploding at an exponential pace and shaping our approach to living. Every day there is a better, faster, more efficient way to do things. New advances in AI, robotics, UX/UI design, and virtual, augmented, and mixed realities are disrupting the global industries of agriculture, energy, manufacturing, healthcare, automotive, banking, tourism, and more. ATEC Future-Makers are at the forefront of this Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Faculty in our Research Labs and Creative Practice Studios work with community and industry leaders to understand marketplace challenges and consumer demands. Our initiatives foster these collaborations to create new knowledge that engages critical issues. We identify new horizons of research and creative practice and collaborate to supply a pipeline of intellectual property and talent that address this constant change.

The Intersection of Art and Science

ATEC Labs and Studios

Our research and creative practice identifies new horizons.

ACTS Presentation

ATEC Faculty

Creative thinkers cultivate the technological imagination.