The University of Advancing Technology is a small, private university located just outside of Phoenix in Tempe, AZ. Begun in 1983 as a technical school for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) students, UAT evolved into a university offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in evolving technological specialties. UAT is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and certified by the U.S. Dept. of Education.
The explosive growth of technology is reflected in UAT’s continuing development of study programs that are unavailable at most traditional universities. For instance, many University of Advancing Technology programs are offered online. The UAT also provides numerous opportunities for interactive learning in short, intense online classes for students who want to supplement and accelerate one of UAT’s traditional classroom programs.
Associate and Bachelor of Arts programs focus on the creative aspects of technology and media arts. Studying sight, touch and sound and how it impacts the use of technology, graduates of these programs are well-versed in multimedia design. Majors include:
1. Virtual Design and Modeling
2. Game Design
3. Game Animation and Art
4. Games and Simulation
5. Digital Video
6. Digital Media
Bachelor of science programs, on the other hand, emphasize the integration of technology into our daily lives. Functionality and speed are stressed in a field that brings innovative products to the marketplace. Students in these degree programs create software applications in numerous majors, such as:
1. Robotics and Embedded Systems
2. Network Engineering
3. Technology Forensics
4. Game Programming
5. Artificial Life Development
6. Human Computer Interaction
7. Open Source Technology
8. Social Media Technology
Graduate degree programs at UAT combine theory and research to prepare graduates for the practical application of knowledge in a field that is consistently evolving. Current Master of Science program offerings include:
1. Game Production and Management
2. Emerging Technology
3. Leadership in Tech
4. Information Assurance
Regardless of any student’s major, all UAT attendees must complete an internship before graduation. The university collaborates with many corporate entities in its large metropolitan area to employ its interns. Many interns report that their foray into corporate life result in a job offer, probably due to the specialized nature of skills taught at UAT. All graduates will also complete their degree program with comprehensive portfolios.
Recognizing that these fields of interest frequently attract similar personality types, UAT embraces geek culture and the inner geek of each of its students. Advertising itself as appealing to students who could never imagine joining a Greek organization and would rather coordinate code than an outfit, the school encourages bright students who thrive in a highly technological environment. A geek quiz even offers potential students a glimpse into how they might fit in on campus.
Technophiles enjoy a campus that is rich with state-of-the-art technological tools for working, learning and playing. Student clubs run the gamut from interest-based clubs to cultural associations and sports instruction. User groups meet regularly for enthusiasts of Java, Cold Fusion, Linux, ASCIi and many others. Popular campus activities revolve around games (video and board alike) and Anime.