Degrees
Entertainment Technology AAS

Focus on a Career in Entertainment Technology!

SoundboardLearn the state-of-the-art technology used in Performing Arts professions, from lighting to audio and video. 

Carroll’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Entertainment Technology will prepare you to obtain audio, lighting, video and live event crew positions for educational, corporate and entertainment organizations with integrated, high-tech needs, including:

  • Conference centers
  • Hotels
  • Theaters
  • Houses of worship
  • Sports arenas 
  • Theme parks

This unique program, approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), offers hands-on, customizable training with the ability to earn professional credentials. Students are job-ready upon completion of the program.

Why Carroll for your AAS degree in Entertainment Technology:

  • Skills acquired in our state-of-the-art program can be applied to other fields of communication such as film, television and radio.
  • Partnerships with local organizations provide on-the-job experience, as well as potential post-graduation employment.
  • Credits are transferable to 4-year schools for technical theater or for entry into other Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics degree programs.

Student Testimonials:

“I wanted to be an Entertainment Technology major so I could do lighting for my career, and also learn more about sound and video so I’ll be more well-rounded in the field.”

—Tim Ardner, Carroll ENTEC student

“I decided to be an Entertainment Technology major because I had a lot of fun with theatre in high school, but I really wanted to do something with video, to learn more about it and turn it into a profession.”

—Ryan Neiswender, Carroll ENTEC student

Entertainment Technology AAS

Focus on a Career in Entertainment Technology!

Learn the state-of-the-art technology used in Performing Arts professions, from lighting to audio and video.

Program Director: Jane Frazier Phone: 410-386-8279 Email: jfrazier@carrollcc.edu The purpose of the AAS degree in Entertainment Technology is to prepare students to work as audiovisual specialists and event technicians in a variety of presenting venues such as conference centers, hotels, theaters, houses of worship, sports arenas, resorts, and more! Develop multimedia communication skills through specialized courses, practicums, and co-ops using industry-specific technology both on campus and in the field. The small student-to-faculty ratio (usually under 15-1) provides students more opportunities for hands-on learning with quality instruction from industry professionals.

Entertainment Tech Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

General Education Diversity Requirement

  • Take 1 Diversity-designated General Education course: (courses used to satisfy other requirements may also satisfy this requirement)

Carroll faculty members are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders who are selected for their academic and industry credentials, as well as for their teaching abilities.

FACULTY SPOTLIGHT

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Jane R. Frazier

Jane Frazier, Carroll’s Director of Theatre and Entertainment Technology, holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and has over 17 years of experience in teaching and arts administration in higher education. This past year, she directed Carroll’s productions of Miss Electricity and Guys and Dolls and costume designed The Harvest. She continues to lead several workshops in Theatre for Social Change throughout the country. This past August she was chosen to be a presenter at the ATHE (Association of Theatre in Higher Education) conference. Her interactive workshop, Creative Writing for Solo Performance, was part of a panel titled “The Games We Play” which demonstrated practical application and discussed theoretical underpinnings of several theatre games and exercises in shifting landscapes of higher education.

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James Cox

James Cox is Technical Director/faculty member in Carroll’s Theatre department, with more than ten years of theater construction and production experience. After graduating from Carroll, he attended University of Maryland to study Linguistics while also working as a lead lighting designer in the D.C. area to expand on his passion for event productions.


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Sophie Barden

Coordinator, Theater Operations



Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Career


The Entertainment industry has historically been one of the most stable job providers, even in times of deep economic downturn.

Our Entertainment Technology program provides the opportunity for students who are already working within the field to earn educational credentials, as well as a pathway for students who are preparing for entry-level positions in this field.

The degree will also transfer to 4-year universities, giving students the option of pursuing other STEM related fields. Because 4-year institutions vary in their requirements, Carroll Community College students are expected to check with their chosen transfer institution and consult an academic advisor at Carroll.

Transfer

Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools in Maryland and across the country. Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by area of study.

Professional Testimonials:

“The need for trained and qualified Entertainment Technology technicians has been the subject of much conversation among local theater owners and managers. Although we are able to hire talented stage designers, it is the technicians that experts in the theatre industry say are in short supply.”

—Rick Noble, Director of Production at Baltimore Center Stage 

“The major benefit of hiring a technician with an associate degree is that he or she is specifically trained to support the technical needs of a production. Through hands-on experience working alongside experienced technicians, students can hone their skills with companies who may someday employ them. I see this program as being of great benefit to both students and theatre companies alike.”

—Joel Krause, Production Manager for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

“The well thought-out Entertainment Technology degree and certificate program that Carroll now offers seems certain to put well-trained, qualified personnel back into the professional pipeline.”

—Dennis A. Blackledge, Director of Production at Olney Theatre Center



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The purpose of the AAS degree in Entertainment Technology is to prepare students to work as audiovisual specialists and event technicians in a variety of presenting venues such as conference centers, hotels, theaters, houses of worship, sports arenas, resorts, and more!  Student’s multimedia communication skills will strengthen through specialized courses, practicums, and co-ops using industry-specific technology both on campus and in the field.  The small student-to-faculty ratio provides students more opportunities for hands-on learning with quality instruction from industry professionals.

Program Goals

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify types and purposes of audio, lighting, video, and set construction equipment used for live events.
  2. Use industry standard audio, lighting, video, and set construction equipment for live events.
  3. Apply electrical, lighting, and acoustical theories and designs pertaining to live events.
  4. Engage in technician best practices that support live events through hands-on experience.

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