Carroll Community College (Carroll)
introduces a new credit program in Entertainment Technology. The Maryland
Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved the associate of arts and
sciences degree and a certificate is pending approval from MHEC.
The new program
will allow students to obtain audio, lighting, video and live event crew training
that supports presentation and entertainment events for organizations of all
types and sizes. The hands-on program, which prepares graduates to enter the
workforce with jobs in various technical positions, also provides partnerships
with local organizations for on-the-job training. Such connections can open the
doors to potential post-graduation employment.
registration for credit classes for summer/fall 2017 begins Thursday, April 20. New credit classes in the program include:Introduction
to Entertainment TechnologyEntertainment
Technology Cooperative Education 1, 2 and 3Entertainment
Technology Capstone ProjectsStage
“Carroll is pleased
to provide state-of-the- art education in the field of Entertainment Technology,”
said College President Dr. James D. Ball. “The introduction of this program
illustrates how Carroll uniquely responds to the burgeoning economic
development needs in our community. Carroll is certainly at the forefront of preparing
audio and video technicians for successful entry into the profession.”
program is uniquely designed to train people to be highly-educated
professionals in the constantly booming entertainment industry, by blending
solid technical expertise with innovation, artistry, and creativity. The
industry has a constant employment demand. We will provide the individuals who
ever imagined themselves behind the scenes of a theater or entertainment
production—perfecting scenery, lighting, costumes, makeup, sound, and
management—the professional skills necessary to pursue new and dynamic career
opportunities within the arts,” said Scott Gore, division chair, Applied Arts.
“I am so
excited to expose students to viable career options that most do not discover
as a pathway in high school. Additionally I am looking forward to helping
provide training and support in this ever- growing industry,” said Seth
Schwartz, director of Production and Theatre Management, Program Coordinator,
Industry Leaders Applaud New Degree
managers and Directors of Production concur that Carroll’s new program in
Entertainment Technology will mutually benefit students and professionals
working in theatre venues.
Joel Krause is
the production manager for Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater.
“There is a shortage of trained theatre technicians, particularly in the D.C.
metro area,” he said. “We often find that, in order to secure qualified
technicians for our productions and events, we have to schedule crews several
months in advance.
is in sharp contrast to the greater availability of technicians in other geographic
areas where I have worked, such as New York,” he said. “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 of 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.”
Blackledge is director of Production at Olney Theatre Center. “Upon returning
to the theatre profession after a 15-year absence, the single biggest change to
the field was the near-complete lack of professional technicians,” he said.
“This lack of competent, reliable personnel has put a great deal of stress on
the industry, and in particular, on those charged with leading production
operations. 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. Leadership in the
Carroll Theatre Department and at the college recognized a need. They stepped
up to do something about it!”
“The need for
trained and qualified Entertainment Technology technicians has been the subject
of much conversation among local theater owners and managers,” said Rick Noble,
director of Production at Baltimore Center Stage. “Although we are able to hire
talented stage designers, it is the technicians that experts in the theatre
industry say are in short supply.”
information about Entertainment Technology, please contact Seth Schwartz at 410-386-8348
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.