The Media Communication and Technology Department began as an offshoot of the Professional Education Department in 1971. The department, then known as “Educational Communications,” originally had three faculty members and two courses: Educational Communications and Television Production. The department was housed in the McGarry Communications Center where the WESS Radio Station is located today. Throughout the 1970’s, Filmmaking, Photography, and Videotaping Techniques were added to the mix. The department also offered an Associate’s Degree in Media Paraprofessional Training.
In 1980, the Bachelor of Science Degree in Media, Communication and Technology was established. Sound Recording, Multi-Image Techniques, Advanced Instructional Graphic Design and Computers in Education were some of the new courses to arrive during the eighties. In January 1982, the old Kemp Library was converted into the current Media Communications Wing; housing darkrooms, computer labs, classrooms and office space. In 1988, the department was officially re-titled into the Media Communication and Technology Department. In the 1990’s, Digital Photography, Motion Media, and Imaging Technologies increased our course offerings, as well as Introduction to Multimedia. In 1999, both of our media classrooms were converted into “Smart Rooms” to help further enrich our courses with instructional technologies.
In 2000, the Instructional Technology graduate degree and Media Specialist Certification programs were added. A new concentration in Technology Integration was developed in 2009 and is now part of the Master’s Degree in Education.
In the summer of 2006, our facilities received a slight renovation. The darkrooms were converted into The Convergence Center, which serves as both a production as well as Instructional Media training facility. Additionally, a new Portrait Studio was constructed and additional office spaces were built. In 2009, the old portrait studio became the High-Definition editing suite, which features Macintosh Video Editing Suites.
Today we offer two undergraduate degrees and 27 undergraduate courses, ranging from media production and design to computer applications and imaging, as well as graduate courses for majors and post-baccalaureate teacher candidates.