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Willamette University

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Salem, Oregon 97301

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Arts, Technology and Multimedia View this department's website

We are in an age where multimedia is pervasive. We use it to relax and to research. We use it to interpret the world and to communicate. We use it as artists. Drawing from courses in the Departments of Art & Art History, Computer Science, English (Film Studies), Music, Philosophy, Sociology, and Theatre, the minor in Arts, Technology and Multimedia offers students a flexible arts-focused exploration of the creative processes, digital resources, and collaborative strategies used in creating sound and visual elements for multimedia and intermedia works. Through creative engagement and critical examination students will develop technique, conceptual and aesthetic sensitivity, and the ability to produce and critically evaluate multimedia and intermedia works from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Collaborative projects between courses will serve as a central unifying element in the minor. Close attention will be paid to the expressive potential of and issues related to each media element as well as to the interaction of all elements.

Requirements for the Arts, Technology And Multimedia Minor (5 Credits)

  • At least four courses focused on use of technology in creating artistic works (starred).
  • Two starred courses from one departmental area. At least one must be at or above the 300 level. (2)
  • One course from each of 2 other departmental areas (2)
  • One additional course (1)
  • No more than 2 courses may be in a single department.

Department Areas and Courses

Note: All courses listed below are 1 credit unless otherwise specified.

Art & Art History

Computer Science



  • MUSC 121 (CA) Creating Music with Technology*
  • MUSC 133 Music Theory II (.5) and
  • MUSC 339 Digital Music Techniques (.5)*
  • MUSC 425 Advanced Digital Music Production*


Rhetoric and Media Studies

  • RHET 125 (CA) Creating Visual Rhetoric*
  • RHET 232 (AR) Persuasion, Propaganda and the Mass Media
  • RHET 361 (W) Visual Rhetoric*


A total of no more than 1 credit from:

  • THTR 010X (CA) Theatre Practicum (.25-1) and/or
  • THTR 011X (CA) Theatre Practicum - Atypical Performance (.25-1)

Additional course(s) from the following:


  • Mike Nord, Associate Professor of Music, Co-Chair
  • Jenny Orr, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Co-Chair
  • Catherine Collins, Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Nathaniel Cordova, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies
  • Chris Harris, Professor of Theatre
  • Sally Markowitz, Professor of Philosophy
  • Ken Nolley, Professor of English/Film Studies
  • Alexandra Opie, Assistant Professor of Art & Art History
  • Rachel Steck, Instructor of Theatre

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