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What is a Pathway? 

The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication has one major: Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC).  Within that one major, students can choose a pathway to determine the group of courses that they can take. Currently, there are four pathways: 

  • Animation 
  • Critical Media Studies
  • Design and Production
  • Games

Each student who is accepted into the School of ATEC, will begin on the Design and Production.  Design and Production allows students to explore the foundational courses in ATEC as well as a curated selection of upper-level courses in all areas of ATEC.  In addition to exploring all that ATEC has to offer, students on the Design and Production pathway can specialize in sound design, video production, and digital fabrication.  

To pursue a more specialized pathway in Animation, Critical Media Studies, or Games, students will need to complete a Pathway Application.

Benefits of a Specialized Pathway

Students who apply and are accepted on the Animation, Critical Media Studies, or Games Pathways will:

  • Be given priority access to advanced courses in their field.  For example, Animation Pathway students will not need to apply for Animation 2, and will be able to enroll in that class as long as they have the prerequisite.
  • Have their Pathway listed on their official transcript.

Next Steps 

If you are interested in applying for a pathway in Animation, Critical Media Studies, or Games, 

  • Explore the UT Dallas catalog for course information and pathway degree requirements.  To access the catalog, click here.
  • Review the application information found on this wiki to prepare for your application process. 
  • Make an appointment with an Advising Peer Mentor for a student perspective on the pathways, if you are unsure.
  • Make an appointment with your advisor to plan future semesters and prepare for the application process.
  • Check this wiki on a regular basis for any updates to the application process.


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