Mizzou Information Technology
The information technology (IT) degree program was launched in 2005 with a gift from AT&T/SBC. By the end of the second year, the IT program had grown to over 110 students. The program proves attractive to students because of its distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities that greatly exceed what is available at competing institutions.
Projects based in reality
Students in the game design and computer animation courses have developed games and, or animations using state-of-the-art software and hardware.
In the case of the computer animation class, for example, students are trained in the use of Maya, which is the Hollywood industry standard for computer animation and visual effects for films. These products become key components of students’ portfolios when interviewing for game and/or film-related jobs.
Students in the Audio-Video I and II classes are given the opportunity to film, edit, and master a DVD documenting the annual Engineers Week celebration. This project proves to be an excellent experience for students because they are forced to work within a strict timeline that requires filming during each day, followed by editing each evening, leading to a final DVD product that is delivered to the Dean for a presentation at the end of the week. This project also benefits the university in terms of cost saving as the commercial production of such a product could cost as much as $5K or more.
Feature length films at Mizzou
Students in several courses within IT program have the opportunity to work on a full-length film as part of their academic work. This type of experience is typically only available to students at universities in New York and Los Angeles who intern as low-level production assistants on local film productions.
Because our film productions over the last 2 years have been managed in collaboration with the IT program, students have been able to assume much more substantial responsibilities than are possible through traditional film production internships. This unique, educational opportunity provided by our on-campus film productions have received very positive press in major national publications.
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An Interdisciplinary experience
Your degree in information technology will be much more than just software and graphics. At Mizzou you’ll get a true, interdisciplinary experience. As part of a campus big enough to have its own zip code (65211), the possibilities are endless. You can still get that more personal feel within your own department, though, by joining an MU Freshman Interest Group (FIG), a specialty group for incoming freshmen. Share classes, a dorm and all of your experiences with a smaller community during your first semesters at Mizzou.
You will also get a chance to work with students from other areas: business, medicine, law, veterinary, just to name a few. Mizzou is one of the few campuses in the nation that offers all of these disciplines on one campus, at one location. And these interdisciplinary opportunities mirror what work will be like in the real world.
It’s what you make of your time at Mizzou
Aside from just getting the knowledge, you’ll have a chance to put it into practice. With 9 different competitive teams you can start to put theory to work by combining your efforts with fellow engineers and students from other majors. All included with your degree.
The College of Engineering gives you access to the tools and technology that help put you above the competition. All 51,000 square feet of undergraduate lab space is available to you. Even choosing an emphasis area can help make your degree that much more applicable. And there’s also the chance for you to do undergraduate research with faculty and graduate students.
The Big Picture
Information technology at Mizzou can teach you how to learn for the rest of your life, an incredibly valuable aspect. You will be equipped with a set of tools that can help you in any career path you choose. Employers look to hire people that will continue to advance, progress and grow. Careers are about continuously working toward goals with ideas that are fresh. Your education at Mizzou is about working toward that degree that will set you up for similar career goals.
We will prepare you all the way up to getting that job. An once we’ve done that, we’ll go one step further. Our Career Services aid in the job search with career fairs, bringing prospective employers directly to campus just to meet you. We offer etiquette workshops and advice on interviewing and salary negotiation, as well.