A justice-focused online- and hybrid-modality major in arts, media, and design

Creative Technologies emphasizes the study of creativity in digital environments. Digital arts/design environments are powerful and exciting spaces for the pursuit of justice, freedom of inquiry and imagination, and for the cultivation of knowledge, democracy, and stronger communities. The program combines online and in-person modalities to allow UCSC Arts students to earn their degree with fewer quarters of Santa Cruz residency. It also combines courses from many arts genres and arts disciplines, allowing its students to pursue arts and design training without being stuck “in the box” of traditional arts genres or disciplines—instead, they move freely between those practices to gain more contemporary, collaborative, and multimedia arts experience.

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Creative Technologies is a non-screening major. Therefore, students can apply regularly via the UC application and choose “Creative Technologies” as their primary major choice for UC Santa Cruz.

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Creative Technologies, new online major in Arts Division, first of its kind on any UC campus

UC Santa Cruz Music Professor Ben Leeds Carson said he’s been interested in the possibilities of online education for an “embarrassingly long time.” He taught his first online course — at a community college in Southern California — in 1999, so long ago that he needed to send the students DVDs because the web then didn’t have the capacity to stream music.


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Last modified: Jun 13, 2024