MA+P Non-Major Programs
Minor in Digital Studies
The minor in Digital Studies explores the rich potential of digital media for critical analysis and creative discovery.
Learning the exciting and dynamic potential of a broad array of tools and technologies, students create innovative projects, from photo essays to web-based documentaries, from interactive videos to sophisticated websites, and from typography in motion to 3-D visualizations. Elective courses explore media for social change, the ethics of virtual worlds, transmedia expression and more, allowing students to use media in pursuit of their own interests and to enhance their major.
All digital studies courses combine theory and practice in lab-based seminars featuring hands-on tutorials to support students in producing sophisticated media-rich work. Participants in this minor gain powerful skills useful in future endeavors within or beyond academia, where the ability to work effectively with media is a crucial job skill.
Minor in Digital Studies, Honors Track
Digital Studies minor students may choose to earn an Honors designation by completing the Honors Minor Track.
This track includes 6 additional units of required coursework beyond the regular minor coursework, culminating in a capstone thesis during the student’s final year. Thesis projects are expected to integrate both theory and interdisciplinarity into the practice of media scholarship; for this reason, honors courses include discussion of historical and theoretical material, instruction in basic research practices, as well as opportunities to develop additional skills in media authorship, collaboration, leadership and creative thinking.
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Minor in Future Cinema
The minor in Future Cinema explores the frontier of audiovisual storytelling building on the cutting edge research within the School of Cinematic Arts.
Combining history, theory and practice, the minor prepares students to engage with new forms of cinematic expression with an awareness of critical context and a methodology for understanding the changing roles of storytelling in the 21st century.
Students earn the minor in Future Cinema by completing a minimum of 20 units of required coursework. Students will explore the creative and technological transformations of an industry in transition as cinema becomes live, playable, immersive, mobile, virtual, crowdsourced and more.
Minor in Media and Social Change
The minor in Media and Social Change provides the opportunity for students who are interested in media content creation and research to take classes in a focused curriculum on the various aspects of media for change.
Students earn the minor in Media and Social Change by completing a minimum of 22 units of required coursework. They will gain insight into the professional practices of creating media content, analyzing existing content, and learning how they can influence the future by integrating social issues into the work they are doing in related fields.
Graduate Certificate, Digital Media and Culture
The certificate program in Digital Media and Culture explores the shifting nature of scholarly expression, pedagogical practice and research in the 21st century, combining seminars with hands-on, lab-based workshops in order to facilitate sophisticated critical thinking and practice in and through multimedia.
Open to graduate students interested in emerging modes of creative, networked and media-rich scholarship, the program is offered as a complement to the work that students are already doing in different programs across campus.
Students earn the graduate certificate in Digital Media and Culture by completing a minimum of 12 units of required coursework. Overall the program seeks to provide participants with a sophisticated conceptual framework for considering the emerging landscape of scholarship in the digital age, as well as a broad overview of contemporary scholarly multimedia as it intersects with media art, information design, interactive media and communication studies.