Southern Arkansas University Tech
About Southern Arkansas University Tech
Southern Arkansas University Tech is a two-year comprehensive college specializing in technical training in Camden, Arkansas. Camden is located in the Ouachita County region of southern Arkansas. Two major events held in the city are the spring Camden Daffodil Festival and autumn BPW Barn Sale. Other area attractions include White Oak Lake State Park, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources at Smackover, and El Dorado's restored "oil boom" downtown. Visitors can also take advantage of the abundant wildlife and fishing opportunities found in this part of the state. History enthusiasts should visit the McCollum-Chidester House or participate in the drive-by tour of the more than 20 historic homes and numerous landmarks that grace the community. Another popular attraction is a tour of seven authentically furnished log cabins.
SAU Tech's Multimedia program is comprised of three distinct, yet inter-related departments: audio/video production, graphic design and Web design and development. The school offers what are referred to as "emphasis" one-year Technical Certificates and two-year Associate of Applied Science degree plans in each department. The Film and Video Production Emphasis program of study is designed to provide a strong hands-on and applications-based technology curriculum. The Graphic Design Emphasis offers many career possibilities and opportunities, including computer graphic artist, graphic designer, production artist, or illustrator. The Web Design and Development Emphasis provides the knowledge to develop coding for Web-based computer applications such as Web sites, interfaces and animation software. Skills and knowledge demanded by the job market are provided to students in each field through a theoretical and applications-based technology curriculum.
The AAS degree program for all three emphases includes foundational coursework such as introduction to multimedia, digital animation, digital image making, Web design and development, and field production and editing. The two-year program also includes general education coursework including composition, intermediate algebra, and a social science elective. A total of 64 credit hours are required for graduation, 24 of which must be electives in the chosen field of emphasis. Department-specific courses in film and video include digital editing and illustration and video production. Within the graphic design emphasis courses include introductory and advanced graphic design, plus digital photography and illustration. Within the Web development emphasis courses include advanced Web design and development, Web graphics, and Web databases. In the final semester, students in all departments must complete courses in project management for multimedia, an advanced projects course, and one in portfolio preparation intended to prepare students for the job market with creation of a portfolio of work to show during future interviews.
The one-year technical certificate programs for each department require 30 credit hours for completion. The certificate programs require two general education courses, composition and intermediate algebra, plus multimedia foundation courses in digital animation and image making, Web design and development, field production and editing, and advanced digital animation. Film and video students study video production and audio for media. Graphics technology students study design and introduction to graphic design. Web design and development students study design and advanced Web design and development.
SAU Tech offers many institutional scholarships, and even more are available through the SAU Tech Foundation. Applications for all scholarships are available from the school's Financial Aid office. Criteria for consideration and application requirements for each scholarship vary. Institutional scholarships include academic and technology scholarships, National Merit Scholarships, GED Scholarships, the Miss SAU Tech and Miss Arkansas Scholarships, and a Challenge Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students. Scholarships available through the SAU Tech Foundation include the George R. Brown Scholarship, the Busbee Apartment Scholarship, the Judge Plunkett Book Scholarship, and the Lockheed Martin Heritage Scholarship.
The Office of Student Activities at SAU Tech provides many involvement opportunities for students outside of the classroom. There are over 70 student organizations currently in existence, including community service, leadership development, and social, educational, and recreational activity planning groups. There are also department and professional, religious, special interest, and student government organizations, plus social Greek fraternities and sororities. SAU Tech also offers many student services, including personal and academic counseling, testing services, and a career services center. The college is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.