Leonardo Art & Engineering Graduate CertificateLeonardo da Vinci is recognized as embodying the concept of the Renaissance Man as he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, and inventor - an accomplished artist of the 16th century and a perfect example of interdisciplinary endeavors.
In this spirit of the Renaissance Person, the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Art & Art History bring their collective expertise and experience together to offer a new interdisciplinary Category A certificate program involving an integrated art and engineering curriculum.
The Leonardo Art & Engineering program crosses traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and forges new collaborations to create a scholar/scientist/artist ready to meet the demands of the 21st century.
The objectives for the program are to:
- Provide cross-disciplinary training in simulation, art, visualization, and virtual reality to students with a BS/BA degree in Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, or Healthcare-related disciplines for addressing marketing, education/training, entertainment, product development, and design application demand of the 21st century growth area in 3D and VR technologies.
- Offer a mechanism for the large number of practicing artists, engineers, healthcare professionals, business managers, and game developers in Alabama and Birmingham to acquire additional training and education in simulation, 3D visualization, and VR.
- Provide a specialized education suitable to the needs of in-state, out-of-state, and international students interested in the application of 3D visualization, VR, and simulation to the industry or business segment of their preference. The program will provide the students with highly specialized and marketable skills.
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