Program success and the booming local entertainment industry are the two main reasons that Millersville University developed a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Technology. The new degree was recently approved by the Council of Trustees and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).
“The program started as part of our highly successful multidisciplinary studies degree,” explains Dr. Vilas Prabhu, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Millersville. “We saw that there was student demand for this innovative degree, as well as industry demand. It will prepare students for a variety of careers, including as entertainment managers, designers/technicians/programmers in lighting, video and projection and sound technicians, costume and scenic designers/technicians, entertainment product designers/engineers and probably some jobs that haven’t been created yet.”
The new degree will be available to students starting with the fall semester. As the only degree program in the State System that specifically addresses the emerging entertainment technology field, it is the only stand-alone degree of its kind within PASSHE, and one of a handful in the nation.
“We know that Millersville University and the Lancaster County area possess a unique local direct and indirect job market demand in the entertainment industry,” says Prabhu. “Millersville University is privileged to have relationships with our industry partners for internships, particularly with our nearby colleagues at the world-renowned entertainment complex: Rock Lititz. Partners there include Clair Global, Atomic Design, and Tait Towers. Our students also have internship opportunities with several other nearby film and media studios, theatres and production companies.
Both the short-term and long-term employment projections show the demand for people with training in entertainment technology will continue to grow. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the short-term forecast is for growth of almost 5 percent and the long-term projection predicts a 9.1 percent increase.
For more information on the program visit: https://www.millersville.edu/programs/entertainment-technology.php.