Ammerman Center Certificate Program

Application Deadline: November 15
Contact the Center for application.
Application forms and directions available on CamelLink (located in Resource Library, under CAT)

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 sophomore year. Juniors may be admitted, with special permission of the Center. The certificate is completed in addition to the student’s major and minor.

How to apply


  1. AT 201: History of Arts and Technology Course (Certificate Program Gateway Course)
  2. One Arts and Technology related course (with approval of the center ; suggested course - ART/AT 104 Concepts in Digital Process)
  3. Computer Science introductory programming course (COM110)
  4. 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)
  5. Two courses in the arts (related to the project and with approval of the center)
  6. Junior year summer internship
  7. Completion of the CELS program
  8. 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 Biennial symposium)
  9. Maintain minimum 3.0 GPA

Senior projects

Students 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: multimedia installations, films with special effects; animations, video based real-time musical effects controllers; serious games for education; virtual reality tours and 3d modelling.


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 300 hours, 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 social media, music production studios, 3D animation, animation studios, design studios, theater companies, game development, research, motion capture research and programming.

January Technology Workshops

January 12 - 16, 2015 Physical Computing Workshop
The Center offers intensive week-long technology workshops in rotating themes, which may include motion capture, physical computing, rapid prototyping, wearable electronics, bio-hacking, flying robots (aka drones) and their uses, locative media/augmented reality media, hackathon-style challenges. Participation in the workshops is optional. The workshops are offered at no charge. The college allows students to stay on campus for the workshop, at no charge, but students will be charged for the meal plan. Students may stay in local off-campus housing.

Guidelines for students applying to the Center Certificate Program

  1. Attend Fall Open House
  2. Contact the Center for application
  3. Meet with the Center for application advising session and to select a faculty advisor.
    Call ext 2001 or email
  4. Meet with assigned faculty fellow to develop written proposal
  5. Contact 2 faculty members for recommendations (preferably - one in arts, and one in sciences)
  6. Request transcript from Registrars Office - send to BOX 5365.
  7. Complete Center application, print out, have faculty sign, and mail or deliver to Center by deadline.
    (Suggestion - meet with CC Writing Center to finalize essay)
  8. Mail printed and signed application to Ammerman Center, BOX 5365

Guideline for students accepted into the Center Certificate Program

  1. Jan - Attend technology workshop (OPTIONAL)
  2. Spring - Attend AT 201 - History of Arts and Technology - Required Center Gateway Course
  3. Attend all CELS workshops and meetings
  4. Attend all CAT meetings
  5. May – notify Center and CELS of junior year study away plans

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 - OPTIONAL: Attend technology workshop
  6. March - Revise written proposals 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 the Fall
  10. Complete course requirements
  11. May – attend senior project presentations
  12. Summer - Do arts and technology related internship
  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 and Center events
  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)