Whittier College has received a $500,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation’s Arts and Technology Program. The award will support and enhance the College’s arts departments and infuse digital technology throughout the arts curriculum.
With the help of this grant, faculty will develop media and performing arts pathways for students in three departments—art and visual studies, music, and theatre and communication arts, which includes the film studies minor.
Students pursuing such a pathway will choose from a curated list of media and technology focused courses that will fulfill college-wide requirements. Students will also be encouraged to combine arts disciplines within their majors and minors, providing a focused—and media technology centered—journey through their four-year education at Whittier.
“We are grateful for this award because it will enable us to provide our students with unique opportunities to learn digital art technology skills within a liberal arts framework, which will equip them with the tools necessary to enter the workforce,” said President Linda Oubré.
The grant also presents an opportunity for the College to purchase new technologically advanced equipment that will enhance participants’ experience in the classroom. Students taking courses such as animation, film production, web design, and others will benefit from the modern equipment, making their learning opportunities more engaging and relevant to the modern workplace.
“As students utilize the new technologies in their arts courses, they will be better positioned to take on internships that will allow them to further develop their skills,” said Associate Professor of Art Daniel Jauregui. “This is a first step toward a broader institutional commitment to increase our capacity to offer these resources that are critical to our students’ career choices out of college.”