Digital Studies Courses

DS courses must satisfy at least one of the following areas:
  • Integrate digital media as tools for research and dissemination in traditional scholarship
  • Examine cultural, social, ethical, or theoretical implications of new media technologies
  • Apply digital technologies to practical applications involving problem-based learning
  • Develop knowledge and skills in new media and multimedia composition

Fall  2023

Digital Studies Program Offerings

Multimedia Thinking
Multimedia thinking is a way of making arguments and telling stories using digital media production tools. Multimedia thinking cultivates a transmedia perspective and involves the convergence of text, graphics, audio, and video, and the distribution of these assets over various media. Media may include video and sound, text, animation, still images, audio, or any form of non-physical media. Ideas are presented in a variety of formats including videos, comics, electronic literature, sound installations, remixes, mash-ups or video games. The course will begin with a theoretical and critical examination of media to prepare for their own digital media creations.

Creative Coding
This course serves as a hands-on introduction to programming using a variety of coding languages including: Unity3D, C#, Processing, and JavaScript while also exploring “computer logic.” Students will come away understanding the affordances and constraints of computation as a tool and as a medium for expression. Readings, along with other supplemental video lectures, will serve as the basis for the theoretical side of the class. Here, we will step away from the lines of code and consider the broader concepts of programmatic thought: operating in discreet values, thinking in variables and functions, and some philosophical and artist implications for symbology, abstraction, and narrative. (Listed on the Course Scheduling System as Computational Thinking)

Digital Studies Capstone
Required of all students in the Digital Studies program, the capstone course involves working with a faculty advisor on a digital project designed and executed by the student. Students are also required to teach a 1-hour workshop based on a digital technology they have used or investigated in the course of the project.

Special Topics in Digital Studies – Constructing the Moving Image

“Constructing the Moving Image” provides students with conceptual, formal, aesthetic, and technical approaches to reconsider film, videos, and animation within the context of emerging digital forms. The class culminates in a project where students have the opportunity to build a 3D interactive scene in the Unity game engine.

Independent Study in Digital Studies
An opportunity for advanced students to pursue their interests in digital humanities in a self-determined course of study under the direction of a faculty member.

Internship in Digital Studies


Interdisciplinary Major Electives

The following courses can be counted towards the Digital Studies Major and Minor.

50:080:264 Digital Photography I
50:080:279 Computer Animation I
50:080:331 Graphic Design III Studio
50:080:333 Typography
50:080:387 Computer Animation II
50:080:438 Graphic Design V Studio
50:080:440 Graphic Design Capstone
50:080:448 Character Animation
50:080:449 Effects and Production
50:080:460 Experimental Photography
50:080:491 Electronics Arts Intrn
56:350:303 Weird Books
50:443:225 Gender and Technology
50:750:322 3D Printing
50:965:125 Intro to Video and Film
50:965:322 Directing for Film
50:965:354 Special Topics in Theater: Video for live Performance Theater
52:630:361 Digital Marketing Fundamentals
52:630:362 Principles of Digital Analytics
52:630:363 Social Media Marketing
52:630:364 Digital Content Creation
ALL 50:198 Computer Science Courses