BREADTH REQUIREMENT: 

Complete three courses from three different disciplines below:

AN-255  Applied Archaeology

This course introduces students to the study of the physical traces left by people in the past, emphasizing methods of identifying, documenting, curating, and analyzing historical sites and their artifacts for community partners. Students study archaeological collections through an anthropological lens via laboratory and historical research techniques, including new technologies of the digital humanities.

3 CreditsH,SW-LE,CTDHPre- or Co-requisite: FYC-101 orEN-110 or EN-109.

AR-104  Design and Color

The discipline of design is basic to all forms of visual art, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and illustration. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic elements of picture structure: composition, line, shape, value, texture, color, scale, proportion, tension, and balance. Note: A special fee for art supplies is assessed.

3 CreditsF,CTDH  

AR-203  Digital Photography I

This course focuses on photography and the creation of digital imagery. Students will learn to operate a DSLR camera and complete projects utilizing a variety of photographic techniques and genres. Students will learn to express visual concepts through photography while utilizing specific techniques unique to the creation of digital photographic artwork. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print. Students will also look at the work of contemporary photographers and prepare a presentation on one photographer. The course utilizes primarily Adobe Photoshop on a Mac platform.

4 CreditsF, WK-CE  

AR-204  Digital Art I

This course focuses on the creation of art through electronic processes. Adobe Creative Cloud and other apps will be utilized along with scanners, cameras, and printers. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print.

4 CreditsF,CTDH,WK-CE  

AR-298  Mixed Media Animation

Introduces students to animation through stop motion techniques and 2D computer animation. An emphasis is placed on story-telling and examining the physics of movement. Adobe Creative Cloud apps will be used in addition to Dragon Frame and traditional stop motion techniques. Projects will start by exploring the history of animation techniques and principles and culminate in independent projects.

4 CreditsF  

EN-273 Visual Literacy

This course explores how visuals and text are used for purposes of identification, information, and persuasion. It looks at many visual modes such as comics, ads, maps, graffiti, film, art, scientific images, and web sites. Students have the option to create arguments using only text, only images, or a combination of both. 

4 CreditsHPrerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

EN-374 Ethical Game Design

This course focuses on both the use of ethical principles to design games and the critical study of ethical games, which position players to make ethical decisionsthroughout the game. After learning about ethical principles through play and analysis, students design a text-based game where players make ethical choices shaping the narrative and experience of the game.

3 CreditsSW-ER,H,CWPrerequisite: FYC-101

EN-376 Writing Across Media

When we want to convey a message to others, how do we choose whether to Tweet, blog, or shoot video? And why does it matter which we choose? Contemporary life asks us to be agile interpreters of images, texts, and sounds. In response, this course immerses students into the theory and practice of how and why we choose the media in which we communicate. Students explore how we understand and manipulate media, but also how media-in and of themselves-influence what gets written and how. Through an assignment sequence that includes text, webtext, image, sound, and video, students gain strength and versatility as writers by honing their awareness of genre, audience, and rhetorical situation. The course culminates in a multimodal, web-based portfolio. This course may be of interest to those considering not only professional writing, but also business, marketing, technology, creative entrepreneurship, media studies, art, and/or design.

3 CreditsH,CW,CTDHPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-378 Video Production Writing

Writing for Video Production is a course that combines contemporary rhetoric, creative inquiry, design thinking, media authorship, self-reflection, and social engagement. Students complete directed writing such as journal entries, scripts, storyboards, and shotlists in concert with video production, facilitating an integrated process of thinking, creating, and problem-solving. 

4 CreditsH,CW,CTDH,WK-CETake FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

IM-110  Principles of Digital Media

An introduction to the concepts of digital media. Students will develop an understanding of the basics of digital media, the technology surrounding the creation and use of digital media, and its association with art, communication, and information technology. Through a laboratory context of experimentation and discussion, the course explores the use of various creative software programs used to create artistic and expressive media content. The course provides an overview of media formats, media creation, the fundamental properties of the tools required for media manipulation, and insight into the artistic, social, psychological, and legal aspects of digital media. Restrictions: IMA or Art POE or secondary emphasis, or by instructor permission.

3 CreditsCTDH

IM-242  Info Visualization

This course considers the various aspects of presenting digital information for public consumption visually. Data formats from binary, text, various file types, to relational databases and web sites are covered to understand the framework of information retrieval for use in visualization tools. Visualization and graphical analyses of data are considered in the context of the human visual system for appropriate information presentation. Various open-source and commercial digital tools are considered for development of visualization projects. 

3 CreditsN,CTDH,CTGESPrerequisite: IT 110, IT 111, IM 110, DS 110, or CS 110 or permission. 

IM-250  Digital Audio Production

Digital Audio Production introduces the student to the fundamentals of capturing, editing and reproducing sound, using digital tools. Hands on studio work combines with basic acoustic theory to help conceptualize the bridge between the analogue and digital worlds. The final project for the course puts the student in teams to record, edit, mix and do simple mastering on a full length CD.

3 CreditsF,CTDH 

IM-360  Digital Video Production

Video Production I is a practical hands-on experience with cinematography, audio production, and lighting. Students learn the necessary skills to tell an well produced digital story with appropriate technical knowledge to enhance the narrative and audience engagement. This course will teach students how to work as a professional videographer by expanding digital media knowledge and techniques. Students will learn the technical foundations of video production, camera operation, lighting, audio acquisition and editing. Students will be encouraged to investigate the impact of video content based on the viewer in addition to artistic potential through digital storytelling.

3 CreditsF,CTDHPrerequisites: IM110 or permission by permission of instructor with prior video experience. 

IM-361  Video Production II

Digital Video Production II allows students to work from ideas to a final video production that is ready to showcase at a film premiere, enter into film competitions, or share with a client as a professional commercial for their business. From preproduction planning all the way to post production editing, students will work on a series of videos with full creative rights. Students will be required to oversee planning, storyboarding, shooting, editing, and final exporting. Students with prior video production experience are preferred. 

3 CreditsF,CTDHPrerequisite: IM360 or by instructor permission. 

IM-375  Community Design Lab

Community Design Lab (formerly Integrated Media Arts Lab I) is a laboratory context of experimentation and discussion for students in the IMA Program. Students are given the opportunity to engage in a reciprocal partnership with a local community partner. Working in a team-driven environment with a local community partner students propose, plan, and complete a real world design project. The course includes reflection, design deliverables, and client presentations throughout the semester. Community Engaged Learning designated. 

3 CreditsCTDHPrerequisite IM110, sophomore standing or higher. 

MU-111M Composition/Song Writing

This course is one-on-one studio instruction in the craft of composition and/or songwriting. Instruction focuses on traditional classical/concert music, but also includes other genres as needed including, pop, folk, rock, and jazz. Topics include notation, orchestration, idiomatic writing for instruments and voices, musical form, and score study. Short term assignments are given throughout the semester, culminating in a more substantial work.

1-2 CreditsF,CTDH

ND-271  3D Design, Scanning & Printing

The course introduces non-specialist students to the current techniques of 3D design, scanning, and printing. It harnesses technology to creative art opportunities and artistic appreciation to technological processes. No pre-existing skill sets are assumed so the course is suitable to beginners and novices. 

4 CreditsCTDH,WK-CEPre-requisite: FYC-101

ND-311 Digital Ethics

The digital revolution has forced upon humanity a new set of ethical challenges. Many of these challenges continue to confound us. In a seminar setting, students investigate the most pressing questions of digital life and formulate their own views and moral stances.

4 CreditsSW-ER,CTDHPre- or co-req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

RL-210  Sacred Landscapes

This course explores the relationship between the experience of geography and religious ideology. We take various environments-mountainous, oceanic, desert, forest, plains-and try to connect the religious thoughts of their inhabitants to the geography.

3 CreditsH,CTDH 

CM-420E  Digital Storytelling

Digital stories derive their power in weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, and thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. This course offers students the opportunity to experiment with narratives and their visualization using digital media technologies as a vehicle to tell stories creatively with a clear point of view and audience awareness.

3 CreditsH, F, CTDHPrerequisites: CM133 or 1 of the following courses, CM290 or IT110 or AR404.

HS-309 Civil War and Reconstruction

Examines the political, social, military, economic and ideological origins and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course looks deeply into several important questions. What caused the Civil War? Why was the Union victorious? Why did the war proceed as it did? What was the nature and legacy of reconstruction? What does this period in our history mean to us now?

4 CreditsH, CW, CTDHPrerequisites: HS115 or HS116 and SO, JR, or SR standing.

HS-367 Women in Africa

This course will provide students with an understanding of women in sub-Saharan African cultures, their history, traditions, diversity, resilience and adaptability. To do this we will be looking at social structure, kinship networks, economic systems, gender relations, ethnicity and ethnic conflicts, traditional religion, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other health issues.

4 CreditsCA, H, I, CTDH 


DEPTH REQUIREMENT:

Complete three additional courses within a single humanities department from the list below: (When a desired Digital Humanities topic is not represented, an Independent Study may be substituted with approval of a Digital Humanities advisor)

AN-255  Applied Archaeology

This course introduces students to the study of the physical traces left by people in the past, emphasizing methods of identifying, documenting, curating, and analyzing historical sites and their artifacts for community partners. Students study archaeological collections through an anthropological lens via laboratory and historical research techniques, including new technologies of the digital humanities.

3 CreditsH,SW-LE,CTDHPre- or Co-requisite: FYC-101 orEN-110 or EN-109.

AR-104  Design and Color

The discipline of design is basic to all forms of visual art, including painting, drawing, photography, ceramics and illustration. This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic elements of picture structure: composition, line, shape, value, texture, color, scale, proportion, tension, and balance. Note: A special fee for art supplies is assessed.

3 CreditsF,CTDH  

AR-203  Digital Photography I

This course focuses on photography and the creation of digital imagery. Students will learn to operate a DSLR camera and complete projects utilizing a variety of photographic techniques and genres. Students will learn to express visual concepts through photography while utilizing specific techniques unique to the creation of digital photographic artwork. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print. Students will also look at the work of contemporary photographers and prepare a presentation on one photographer. The course utilizes primarily Adobe Photoshop on a Mac platform.

4 CreditsF, WK-CE  

AR-204  Digital Art I

This course focuses on the creation of art through electronic processes. Adobe Creative Cloud and other apps will be utilized along with scanners, cameras, and printers. Final works will be exhibited electronically and in print.

4 CreditsF,CTDH,WK-CE  

AR-298  Mixed Media Animation

Introduces students to animation through stop motion techniques and 2D computer animation. An emphasis is placed on story-telling and examining the physics of movement. Adobe Creative Cloud apps will be used in addition to Dragon Frame and traditional stop motion techniques. Projects will start by exploring the history of animation techniques and principles and culminate in independent projects.

4 CreditsF  

EN-273 Visual Literacy

This course explores how visuals and text are used for purposes of identification, information, and persuasion. It looks at many visual modes such as comics, ads, maps, graffiti, film, art, scientific images, and web sites. Students have the option to create arguments using only text, only images, or a combination of both. 

4 CreditsHPrerequisite: EN110 or EN109.

EN-374 Ethical Game Design

This course focuses on both the use of ethical principles to design games and the critical study of ethical games, which position players to make ethical decisionsthroughout the game. After learning about ethical principles through play and analysis, students design a text-based game where players make ethical choices shaping the narrative and experience of the game.

3 CreditsSW-ER,H,CWPrerequisite: FYC-101

EN-376 Writing Across Media

When we want to convey a message to others, how do we choose whether to Tweet, blog, or shoot video? And why does it matter which we choose? Contemporary life asks us to be agile interpreters of images, texts, and sounds. In response, this course immerses students into the theory and practice of how and why we choose the media in which we communicate. Students explore how we understand and manipulate media, but also how media-in and of themselves-influence what gets written and how. Through an assignment sequence that includes text, webtext, image, sound, and video, students gain strength and versatility as writers by honing their awareness of genre, audience, and rhetorical situation. The course culminates in a multimodal, web-based portfolio. This course may be of interest to those considering not only professional writing, but also business, marketing, technology, creative entrepreneurship, media studies, art, and/or design.

3 CreditsH,CW,CTDHPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

EN-378 Video Production Writing

Writing for Video Production is a course that combines contemporary rhetoric, creative inquiry, design thinking, media authorship, self-reflection, and social engagement. Students complete directed writing such as journal entries, scripts, storyboards, and shotlists in concert with video production, facilitating an integrated process of thinking, creating, and problem-solving. 

4 CreditsH,CW,CTDH,WK-CETake FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

IM-110  Principles of Digital Media

An introduction to the concepts of digital media. Students will develop an understanding of the basics of digital media, the technology surrounding the creation and use of digital media, and its association with art, communication, and information technology. Through a laboratory context of experimentation and discussion, the course explores the use of various creative software programs used to create artistic and expressive media content. The course provides an overview of media formats, media creation, the fundamental properties of the tools required for media manipulation, and insight into the artistic, social, psychological, and legal aspects of digital media. Restrictions: IMA or Art POE or secondary emphasis, or by instructor permission.

3 CreditsCTDH

IM-242  Info Visualization

This course considers the various aspects of presenting digital information for public consumption visually. Data formats from binary, text, various file types, to relational databases and web sites are covered to understand the framework of information retrieval for use in visualization tools. Visualization and graphical analyses of data are considered in the context of the human visual system for appropriate information presentation. Various open-source and commercial digital tools are considered for development of visualization projects. 

3 CreditsN,CTDH,CTGESPrerequisite: IT 110, IT 111, IM 110, DS 110, or CS 110 or permission. 

IM-250  Digital Audio Production

Digital Audio Production introduces the student to the fundamentals of capturing, editing and reproducing sound, using digital tools. Hands on studio work combines with basic acoustic theory to help conceptualize the bridge between the analogue and digital worlds. The final project for the course puts the student in teams to record, edit, mix and do simple mastering on a full length CD.

3 CreditsF,CTDH 

IM-360  Digital Video Production

Video Production I is a practical hands-on experience with cinematography, audio production, and lighting. Students learn the necessary skills to tell an well produced digital story with appropriate technical knowledge to enhance the narrative and audience engagement. This course will teach students how to work as a professional videographer by expanding digital media knowledge and techniques. Students will learn the technical foundations of video production, camera operation, lighting, audio acquisition and editing. Students will be encouraged to investigate the impact of video content based on the viewer in addition to artistic potential through digital storytelling.

3 CreditsF,CTDHPrerequisites: IM110 or permission by permission of instructor with prior video experience. 

IM-361  Video Production II

Digital Video Production II allows students to work from ideas to a final video production that is ready to showcase at a film premiere, enter into film competitions, or share with a client as a professional commercial for their business. From preproduction planning all the way to post production editing, students will work on a series of videos with full creative rights. Students will be required to oversee planning, storyboarding, shooting, editing, and final exporting. Students with prior video production experience are preferred. 

3 CreditsF,CTDHPrerequisite: IM360 or by instructor permission. 

IM-375  Community Design Lab

Community Design Lab (formerly Integrated Media Arts Lab I) is a laboratory context of experimentation and discussion for students in the IMA Program. Students are given the opportunity to engage in a reciprocal partnership with a local community partner. Working in a team-driven environment with a local community partner students propose, plan, and complete a real world design project. The course includes reflection, design deliverables, and client presentations throughout the semester. Community Engaged Learning designated. 

3 CreditsCTDHPrerequisite IM110, sophomore standing or higher. 

MU-111M Composition/Song Writing

This course is one-on-one studio instruction in the craft of composition and/or songwriting. Instruction focuses on traditional classical/concert music, but also includes other genres as needed including, pop, folk, rock, and jazz. Topics include notation, orchestration, idiomatic writing for instruments and voices, musical form, and score study. Short term assignments are given throughout the semester, culminating in a more substantial work.

1-2 CreditsF,CTDH

ND-271  3D Design, Scanning & Printing

The course introduces non-specialist students to the current techniques of 3D design, scanning, and printing. It harnesses technology to creative art opportunities and artistic appreciation to technological processes. No pre-existing skill sets are assumed so the course is suitable to beginners and novices. 

4 CreditsCTDH,WK-CEPre-requisite: FYC-101

ND-311 Digital Ethics

The digital revolution has forced upon humanity a new set of ethical challenges. Many of these challenges continue to confound us. In a seminar setting, students investigate the most pressing questions of digital life and formulate their own views and moral stances.

4 CreditsSW-ER,CTDHPre- or co-req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

RL-210  Sacred Landscapes

This course explores the relationship between the experience of geography and religious ideology. We take various environments-mountainous, oceanic, desert, forest, plains-and try to connect the religious thoughts of their inhabitants to the geography.

3 CreditsH,CTDH 

CM-420E  Digital Storytelling

Digital stories derive their power in weaving images, music, narrative and voice together, and thereby giving deep dimension and vivid color to characters, situations, experiences, and insights. This course offers students the opportunity to experiment with narratives and their visualization using digital media technologies as a vehicle to tell stories creatively with a clear point of view and audience awareness.

3 CreditsH, F, CTDHPrerequisites: CM133 or 1 of the following courses, CM290 or IT110 or AR404.

HS-309 Civil War and Reconstruction

Examines the political, social, military, economic and ideological origins and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course looks deeply into several important questions. What caused the Civil War? Why was the Union victorious? Why did the war proceed as it did? What was the nature and legacy of reconstruction? What does this period in our history mean to us now?

4 CreditsH, CW, CTDHPrerequisites: HS115 or HS116 and SO, JR, or SR standing.

HS-367 Women in Africa

This course will provide students with an understanding of women in sub-Saharan African cultures, their history, traditions, diversity, resilience and adaptability. To do this we will be looking at social structure, kinship networks, economic systems, gender relations, ethnicity and ethnic conflicts, traditional religion, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other health issues.

4 CreditsCA, H, I, CTDH 


CAPSTONE:

A self-designed Independent Study with a Digital Humanities instructor is required.  The Independent Study must highlight the knowledge and skills of the certificate seeker.


Certificate Credit Total = 21 or more

Any course exception must be approved by Don Braxton.


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