To obtain the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits from the following list of courses, with a GPA of 2.75 or above; at least 9 of these credits must be at the 300 level or above, and the following requirements must be met. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Independent study available with any DAC faculty member in either the conceptual or practicum areas.

In the spirit of Interdisciplinarity, students should have no more than 15 credits from one area count towards to completion of requirements for the certificate.

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program Committee.

* Asterisk indicates that online sections of particular course may be offered.

DAC Course Offerings

The Certificate Program in Digital Arts and Culture prepares students to creatively produce digital art and media content, critically analyze work produced by others, and theoretically understand cultural interactions between digital technologies and society. The Digital Arts and Culture certificate combines courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences and information studies.

Please visit the current Spring 2016 Schedule of Classes in the Digital Arts and Culture area for more information on course offerings. Below you will find the complete list with some courses pending approval and some offered in alternate semesters. If you wish, you can complete this certificate entirely online. Please see online course availability, noted by asterisks.

Core Courses

Choose four courses from the list below for a total of 12 credits.

Art 118 Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, and Practice
ArtHist/English 111/FilmStd 111 Entertainment Arts: Film, Television and the Internet*
Commun 313 Human Communication and Technology*
English 439 Information Design
InfoSt 110 Introduction to Information Science*
JAMS 101 Introduction to Mass Media
JAMS 113 Internet Culture*
JAMS 336 Media Graphics

Conceptual Courses

Choose two courses from the list below for a total of 6 credits. (These courses must be different than those used for your core courses above.)

Anthro 340 Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds *
Art 309 Issues in Contemporary Art (all subtitles)
ArtHist 472 History and Theory of New Media Art
Commun 410   Organizational Communication Technology*
Commun 413 Rhetoric and the Internet*
Commun 440 Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech*
CompLit 133 Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts*
CompLit 135 Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century
CompLit 233 Literature and Film: (Subtitled)
English 253 Science Fiction* (all subtitles)
English/ Film Studies 290 Intro to Film Studies*
English/ Film Studies 291 Intro to Television Studies*
English 294 Game Culture
English/Film Studies 312 Topics in Film Studies: (all subtitles)*
English/Film Studies 329 Film and Literature*
English 328 Forms of Experimental Literature: (all subtitles)
English/Film Studies 380 Media and Society: (all subtitles)
English/Film Studies 383 Cinema and Genre: (all subtitles)*
English/Film Studies 394 Theories of Mass Culture: (all subtitles)
Film Studies 212 Intermediate Topics in Film Studies (only specifically approved subtitles)*
Global 202 Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology
Global 351 Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
Global 500 Global Studies Capstone Seminar: "Global Communications" subtitle
Global 551 Global Communications Capstone: Future Trends
InfoSt 120   Information Technology Ethics*
InfoSt 310 Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use*
InfoSt 675 Information Technology and Organizations
JAMS 260 Contemporary Non-Fiction Media
JAMS 262 Principles of Media Studies
JAMS 360 History of Mass Media
JAMS 361 Media Ethics*
JAMS 559 Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age*
JAMS 562 Media Studies and Culture
JAMS 645 Seminar in Health and the Media





If you have completed four courses from the required course grouping, you may also choose from the following for the two required conceptual courses: ArtHist/English 111/FILMSTD 111, Commun 313, JAMS 101, JAMS 113, or InfoSt 110.

Practicum Courses

Choose two courses from the list below for a total of 6 credits. (These courses must be different than those used for your core and conceptual courses above.)

Art 212 Introduction to Digital Studio Practice
Art 218 2D Design Strategies
Art 312 Video and Audio Strategies for Artists and Designers
Art 316 Interactive Installation & Performance
Art 318 Electronics and Sculpture
Art 324 Web Design
Art 325 Multimedia Design
Art 327 Digital Media Workshop (all subtitles)
Art 393 Digital Printmaking
English 202 Writing in the Humanities *
English 214 Writing in the Professions*
English 328 Forms of Experimental Literature: (all subtitles)
English 431 Topics in Advanced Writing: all subtitles
English 435 Professional and Technical Writing*
English 436 Writing for Information Technology
Film 201 Introduction to Experimental Media Arts
Film 222 Basic Elements of Video
Film 255 Introduction to Digital Arts
Film 302 Video in the Classroom
Fine Art 313 Programming for Artists I
Geography 215   Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences*
Geography 525 Geographic Information Science
InfoSt 240 Introduction to Web Design*
InfoSt 340 Introduction to Systems Analysis*
InfoSt 430 Multimedia Application Development*
InfoSt 491 Special Topics in Information Studies: Flash*
InfoSt 685 Electronic Publishing and Web Design*
JAMS 204 News Writing and Technology
JAMS 231 Publication Design
JAMS 232 Photojournalism*
JAMS 332 Introduction to Digital Documentary
JAMS 356 Media Literacy
JAMS 399 On-Campus Internship (DAC placement)
Music 327 Digital Synthesis and Systems I
Music 328 Digital Synthesis and Systems II
Music 680 TOPIC: Interactivity and Improvisation
Theatre 357 Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio *
Theatre 437 (317) Sound Design and Technology *



If you have completed four courses from the required courses grouping, you may also choose from the following for the two required practicum courses: Art 118, English 439, or JAMS 336.


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