Ammerman Center's Certificate Program Information
2013 - 2014

Application Deadline: NOVEMBER 15, 2013
Application available on ePortfolio.

How to apply:

Complete the on-line application form found in ePortfolio.
Each applicant must complete the seven step application process found in the college's ePortfolio program. To find the application, log onto Camelweb and click on the ePortfolio tab. From the main ePortfolio page, click on the Profile folder on the right, then click on Center/Program Applicants and follow the prompts. If you have questions about the ePortfolio application interface please call or email Lori Balantic (x2772 or or go to CELS drop in hours (at the announced times)
1. MAYA application
2. Faculty recommendation form

What is the Certificate Program?

Students explore arts and technology through a certificate program that incorporates a self-designed integrative senior project, independent studies, course work, internships and research opportunities. A select group of students is admitted each year to the Center’s certificate program, applying in their freshman or sophomore year. The certificate is completed in addition to the student’s major and minor.


1. One Arts and Technology related course (with approval of the center ; suggested course ART/AT 104 Concepts in Digital Process).
2. Computer Science introductory programming course (COM110).
3. A technology-based course that explores the use of technology through programmatic means (can be in any field; related to the project and with approval of the center).
4. Two courses in the arts (related to the project and with approval of the center).
5. Junior year summer internship.
6. Completion of the CELS program.
7. Completion of the senior integrative project, including:
a. Two semesters of senior independent studies (AT 491, AT 492 or equivalent; jointly advised by at least two advisors in different departments).
b. Two semesters, senior seminar (AT 401, AT 402).
c. Final presentation (in a symposium year, students are required to present at the symposium).
8. Maintain minimum 3.0 GPA.

Senior Projects:

Students will produce an innovative arts and technology project that employs any or all of the following: a significant artistic component, a significant technological component or reflects on practical and philosophical issues in the arts and technology. Recent examples include: computer animations; films with CGI effects; video based real-time musical effects control; software for evolving musical sound; virtual tour of Chochasqui, Ecuador; serious games for education - virtual lab teaching biology; musical instrument with a haptic controller; interactive photographic installation with speech recognition; interactive video installation about Ecuador; interactive animated children's book; sonification of paintings through eye-tracking; dance performance with motiion controlled animations; interactive computer/musician performances; Indian dance performance using real-time audio and video; educational modules exploring mathematical and scientific concepts; interactive web site teaching the Nepalese language; theater project combining live performance, video and animation; 3D design and production of bronze sculptures; web site on the history of New London using historic photography; virtual reality worlds exploring poetry; video/puppetry project on women and society; virtual reality tours; virtual reality environment about early 20th c. Russian Arts cafe & photography; software creating original MIDI composition from user input; animation of a Japanese folk tale; web site exploring African Adinkra symbolism; art/dance installation depicting images of the holocaust and interviews of concentration camp survivors; art/music/dance installation exploring images of women; software interface for controlling theatrical effects; software for virtual stage lighting.


Students will be placed in paid internships in for-profit companies, non-profits or in on-campus research projects. Internships are designed to further research and develop technological skills needed for completion of the senior projects. Students identify internships with the assistance of the Center and through their mandatory participation in the college’s CELS program. The standard internship stipend is $3000 for 8 weeks, and typically takes place during the junior year summer. Interns on campus or in the local area are offered on-campus housing at no charge.
Students have done summer internships in 3D animation, web design, music, game development, research, motion capture and programming. Examples of off-campus internships include Lucas Films, Xvivo Animation, Wine & Spirits Magazine, 13th St. Theater, Interlock Media, Sonalysts, New Yorker Magazine, Disney-on-Line, Ingeeni studios, Northeastern University Multi-Media Lab, Bowdoin College Biology Dept, ePath Learning, InterPro, The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State University, Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Mystic Seaport Museum, and Judson Rosebush Associates.

MAYA Animation Workshops:

Date - TBD (Beginning workshop)
The center offers intensive one-week workshops in Maya Animation software. The introductory workshop is held every year during the January break, and the advanced workshop is held every other year during spring break. Acceptance in the CAT certificate program is required for all workshop participants. The workshops are offered at no charge, but students are responsible for room and board in on-campus housing.

Guidelines for Students Applying to the Certificate Program and for the MAYA workshop:
Freshmen or Sophomores:
1. Attend fall open house
2. Access certificate program application from eportfolio.
3. Meet with Center assistant director to select and plan required courses (call ext 2001 or email
4. Meet with assigned faculty fellow to design internship and senior project proposals
5. Contact 2 faculty members for recommendations (preferably - one in arts, and one in sciences)
6. Request transcript (unofficial will be accepted)
7. Complete Center application on ePortfolio, print out, have faculty sign, and mail or deliver to Center by deadline.
(Suggestion - meet with CC Writing Center to finalize essay)
8. Print out MAYA application, and mail to Center


Guidelines for Students Accepted in the Center Certificate Program:

Freshmen or Sophomores:
1. Jan - Attend MAYA workshop (if selected)
2. Attend all CELS workshops and meetings
3. Attend all CAT meetings
4. May – notify Center and CELS of junior year study away plans.
(sophomores only)

Note: Study away students must fulfill all CAT and CELS requirements.
1. Attend CELS workshops and meetings
2. Attend all CAT meetings
3. Fall – begin research on internships
4. Attend Fall Open House
5. January - Attend MAYA workshop (if selected
6. March - Submit preliminary written proposal for senior project.
7. April - Finalize internship plans
8. April- submit revised written proposal for senior project
9. April- register for AT 491, AT 401 in fall
10. Complete course requirements
11. May – attend senior project presentations

1. Submit CAT and CELS internship evaluations by October 1
2. Complete CELS requirements
3. Attend required CAT meetings
4. Fall – take AT 401 (senior seminar)
5. Fall - take AT 491 (independent study)
6. Attend Fall Open House
7. Spring - take AT 492 (independent study) and AT 402 (senior seminar
8. May – Present senior project at final presentations
9. Attend Center Graduation Ceremony (day before graduation)