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Lake Erie College blends technology with interdisciplinary studio arts as part of its new Integrated Media, Digital Art & Technology Major

[September 17, 2010]Keeping pace with arts-focused institutions across the country, Lake Erie College is now fully engaged with its newest major, Integrated Media and Digital Art & Technology (IMDAT).

The major has been in development since 2008 and was approved in May 2010. “We are thrilled that Lake Erie College has allowed this major to develop and contribute to the strength of the fine arts curriculum. This will provide the students the skills necessary to succeed in their future goals. We hope this program will continue to expand so that students can explore art through the many available forms of technology,” said Steve Gutierrez, assistant professor of Integrated Media.

The Integrated Media and Digital Art & Technology program is an interdisciplinary studio arts study in computer mediated art and design. Courses in the major include investigations into interactive and electronic objects and environments, digital video, digital performance, experimental 3-D computer graphics, animation, game design, art and technology, digital imaging, rapid prototyping, net art, installation, sound, emerging forms and new genres.

Students majoring in IMDAT will discover individual aesthetics and artistic vision through conceptualization, theory and an awareness of contemporary art and media that combines advanced science and technology.

Kaitlyne Perrill, a junior from Ashville, Ohio, is the first student to major in the IMDAT program.

“I enjoy exploring new technologies through hands-on trial and error,” said Kaitlyne. “There are many different mediums to express myself artistically such as digital imaging, multimedia or the newer emerging forms of technology. This major has been an artistic and therapeutic way to express my emotions. I find out who I am with the pieces I create,” she explained.

Students with an IMDAT major have many career opportunities, including graduate school (M.A., M.F.A.), studio artist, instructor, and technical and art design careers in fields such as advertising, media, animation and game development in addition to freelance creative and performance work.

For more information about the IMDAT major, contact Professor Steven Gutierrez at


Lake Erie College, located in Painesville, Ohio, currently serves more than 1,200 students. Founded in 1856, Lake Erie is an independent, liberal arts institution that challenges its students to "get in and stand out" in academics, athletics and student activities. The College offers 35 undergraduate and graduate programs and the option to design an individualized major to fit career and academic goals. Lake Erie's innovative learning experiences focus on helping students to meet career and life challenges, preparing for a world that is increasingly interdependent.

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