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Undergraduate: Digital Arts

  • Program Overview

    Digital Arts (DIA)

    Digital technologies are reshaping all aspects of our culture; the arts and its related commercial and entertainment industries are no exception. The Digital Arts Minor enables students to explore digital production tools in print, Web, video, animation, game, CD, DVD, performance, installation, interactive experience, information visualization, and public space. In addition to production skills, the Digital Arts Minor builds critical literacy in reading and understanding images, sound, and information as well as in interacting in mediated social networks. It encourages creative thinking and problem solving, often cited as necessary skills for the 21st century and the pace of change in technology. The minor provides the education and fosters skills now crucial to being a citizen, consumer, cultural producer, and innovator in today's global visual and information culture.

    This minor is particularly well suited for, but not limited to, students in Studio Art (ARS), Computer Science (CSE), Engineering, Multi­disciplinary Studies (MTD), Music (MUS), Journalism (JRN), and Business (BUS).



  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Minor in Digital Arts

    All letter-graded courses for the minor in Digital Arts must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher. Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. Nine or more credits for the minor must be upper division. 

    To earn a Digital Arts Minor students must take:

    • one Core course (category A)
    • one Foundations course (category B)
    • one Intermediate Production course (category C)
    • one additional Production course (chosen from categories C or D)
    • one Theory and Culture course (chosen from category E)
    • two additional elective courses (chosen from categories C, D, or E)

    A. Core Courses:

    • ARS 225 Introductory Digital Art
    • CDT 208  Introduction to Digital Media Technology

    B. Foundations:

    • ARS 205  Foundations in Visual Arts: Idea and Form
    • ARH 207 Technologies of Representation
    • CCS 101  Images and Texts: Understanding Culture

    C. Intermediate Production Courses:

    • ARS 324  Digital Art: Design
    • ARS 325  Digital Art: Print
    • ARS 326  Moving Image: Narrative Video
    • ARS 327  Digital Art: Web Art and Culture
    • ARS 328  Moving Image: Animation
    • ARS 329 Moving Image: Experimental Forms
    • ARS 425  Advanced New Media Art
    • CDT 317  Interactive Media, Performance, and Installation
    • CDT 318  Movies: Shoot, Score, Edit
    • MUS 340  Introduction to Music Technologies
    • MUS 341  Sound Design

    D. Other Production Courses:

    • ARS 281  Introductory Photography
    • ARS 381 Color and Light Photography
    • ARS 481  Advanced Photography
    • ARS 390 / ARS 491 / ARS 492   Topics (approved topics only)
    • ARS 487  Advanced Directed Projects in Studio
    • ARS 488 / MUS 488 / THR 488 / CCS 488 / CSE 488 / ISE 488   Internship (approved internships only)
    • CSE 102 /ISE 102  Introduction to Web Design and Programming
    • CSE 114 Computer Science I
    • CSE 214 Computer Science II
    • CSE 325  Computers and Sculpture
    • CSE 334  Introduction to Multimedia Systems (also   ISE 334 )
    • CSE 364  Advanced Multimedia (also   ISE 364 )
    • CSE 380 2D Game Programming
    • CSE 381 3D Game Programming
    • ESE 123 Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • ESE 124 Computer Techniques for Electronic Design
    • EST 205 Introduction to Technical Design: Innovation and Design Thinking
    • ISE 108  Introduction to Programming
    • ISE 208  Programming II
    • ISE 332 Introduction to Visualization
    • ISE 340/EST 310 Design of Computer Games
    • MUS 344  Introduction to Audio Engineering

    E. Theory and Culture Courses:

    • ARH 208 History of Photography
    • ARH 308 Writing About Art (approved topics only)
    • ARH 322  American Art Since 1947
    • ARH 333  Arts for the Public
    • ARH 336  Computers and the Arts
    • ARH 344  Performance Art II: World War II to the Present
    • ARH 345  The Moving Image in 20th century Art
    • ARH 348 Contemporary Art
    • ARH 400  Topics in Art History and Criticism (approved topics only)
    • ARH 490 Senior Seminar: Topics in Art History, Museum Studies and Criticism (approved topics only)
    • CCS 301  Theorizing Cinema and Culture
    • CCS 311 Gender and Film
    • CCS 313  Television Studies
    • CCS 390 Topics in Latin American Cinema and Cultural Studies
    • CCS 391  Contemporary African Cinema and Cultural Studies
    • CCS 392 Topics in Contemporary American Cinema and Cultural Studies
    • CCS 393 Topics in Contemporary European Cinema and Cultural Studies
    • CCS 394 Topics in Contemporary Asian Cinema and Cultural Studies
    • CCS 395  Digital Cultural Studies
    • CCS 396 /DIA 396 Video and Computer Game History
    • CCS 397 /DIA 397 Video and Computer Game Culture
    • CCS 401  Senior Seminar in Cinema and Cultural Studies
    • CSE 301  History of Computing
    • ESE 201 Engineering and Technology Entrepreneurship
    • ESG 100 Introduction to Engineering Science
    • EST 310 / ISE 310 Design of Computer Games
    • MUS 300  Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
    • THR 277  The Media Industry
    • THR 403  Media: Theory and Criticism


    1. No more than six credits from any internship (488) may be applied to the minor.
    2. No more than three credits from ARS 487 may be applied to the minor.
    3. Pre-approval for appropriate 487 projects and 488 internships is required.
    4. Pre-approval for topics courses is required (ARS 390, ARS 491, ARS 492, ARH 308, ARH 400, ARH 490).





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  • Contact

    Digital Arts (DIA)

    Minor in Digital Arts

    Department of Art, College of Arts and Sciences

    Program Advisor: Stephanie Dinkins  


    Office: 2225 Staller Center for the Arts  

    Phone: (631) 632-7250



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