Technology & Applied Design Program

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About the Program

Mission Statement

Building on a long tradition, the Technology and Applied Design Program (TAD) at Berea College provides a dynamic and relevant curriculum that engages students in research, design, and production while emphasizing sustainable practices. Through practical, hands-on experiences in traditional and contemporary facilities, the program strives to cultivate critical and creative students with the capabilities to identify, analyze, and implement design solutions as responsible citizens of the world.

Areas of Concentration

The Technology and Applied Design Program offers three areas of concentration:

• Technology Management
• Artisan Studies
• Engineering and Technology Education (grades 5-12)

• A general degree is also offered for those students interested in multiple majors/minors

The objective of these offerings is to provide students with a broad professional and liberal-arts education necessary for entrance into careers or into professional or graduate schools. (More on Concentrations below.)

Courses

The course work provided includes, but is not limited to, these areas:

• Appalachian Crafts
• Architecture
• Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
• Construction
• Design
• Electricity/Electronics
• Energy and Power Systems
• Graphic Communication
• Manufacturing/Production
• Material Processing/Testing
• Photography
• Prototyping
• Quality Control
• Videography
• Woodworking

Program Emphasis

Throughout the program, emphasis is placed on:

• Application
• Design
• Problem Solving
• Quality
• Research
• Sustainability
• Technology

When declaring a major in TAD, a student may select the one of the three concentration options (or the general degree if interested in multiple minors/majors).

Concentrations

Technology Management concentration prepares the student for a variety of leadership positions in a wide range of technology-based career fields. This program is designed to give the student a strong background in design, production, communications, and power/energy technologies, combined with a study of management strategies and procedures. Students completing this program may pursue careers that include:

• Design Engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Production Management
• Quality Control
• Sustainable Development

Artisan Studies concentration prepares the student for a variety of career options in a field/subject of specific interest. This program is designed to give the student a strong background in design, graphic communications, photography/video, Appalachian crafts, production, and power/energy technologies, combined with a study of management strategies and procedures focused more for the artisan. Students completing this program may pursue careers that include a variety of options, but many are interested in owning their own business. Students completing this program may pursue careers that include:

• Entrepreneurship
• Graphic Artistry
• Metal Working/Welding
• Photography
• Woodworking

Engineering and Technology Education concentration prepares students interested in gaining certification to teach in the area of engineering and technology education (grades 5-12). The student must double major in Education Studies (Teaching and Curriculum with Certification) and in Technology and Applied Design (Engineering and Technology Education) concentration to be certified.

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