Students complete digital design projects in a variety of courses within the Digital Studies Certificate, including Art 107, Communication Arts 155, Geography 370, Life Sciences Communication 332, and more. In these courses, students gain a basic technical education in using the tools to create digital images while also exploring the aesthetic, ethical, and design issues that arise during the creation process.
Art 107: Introduction to Digital Forms
In this course, students are given an introduction to a range of digital media techniques for artists and designers, including digital imaging, vector graphics, web design and 3D digital modeling.
Communication Arts 155: Introduction to Digital Media Production
This course teaches students the skills they need to produce, engage with, and understand new and emerging technologies within the context of communication and creative expression.
Geography 370: Introduction to Cartography
In this course, students are introduced to cartography, emphasizing the theory and practice of map-making. Students learn the basics in mapping (e.g., scale, spatial reference systems, projections), data acquisition, key techniques for thematic mapping, and principles of cartographic abstraction and design.
Library & Information Studies 500: Code & Power
This course prepares students to analyze and critique the portrayal of race, gender and computing in various media outlets and to consider their own potential as contributors to the computing industries in light of media portrayals and their own self-perceptions. As students confront assumptions about gender race and computing, this course also equips them with the skills necessary to confidently design, develop, and discuss web scripting aspects related to HTML/CSS/PHP website development.