Certificate Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the Certificate in Digital Arts and Culture. You are strongly advised to consult both the Digital Arts and Culture advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Fill out the top portion of the Declaration Form for either the certificate or the major. The bottom portion of the form is an advising worksheet which you can fill out together when you meet with your advisor.

New Requirements Effective Date: Spring 2016


To obtain the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or above; at least 9 of these credits must be at the 300 level or above. At least 12 credits must be in courses from the College of Letters and Science, and at least 6 of the L&S credits must be at the 300 level or above. No more than 15 credits from a single curricular area may apply toward satisfaction of the certificate requirements. The following requirements must be met. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Core Culture Courses
Select one of the folllowing:3
Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice
Internet Culture
Media Systems Courses
Select one of the following:3
Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet
Introduction to Information Science and Technology
Introduction to Mass Media
Understanding Digital Culture Courses
Select one of the following:3
Issues in Contemporary Art:
Human Communication and Technology
Media and Society:
Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use
Media Ethics
Practicing the Digital Arts Courses
Select one of the following:3
Web Design
Nonprofit Information Technology
Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century
Introduction to Application Development
Media Graphics
Total Credits12


Select 12 additional credits from the lists below, including at least 6 credits from Understanding Digital Culture and 6 credits from Practicing the Digital Arts. At least one of these courses should be numbered 300 or above.

Understanding Digital Culture Electives

Enroll in and complete 6 credits:
Games and Society
Anthropology and Popular Culture (if not selected above)
Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds
Multicultural America
Issues in Contemporary Art: (if not selected above)
History and Theory of New Media Art
Communication in Organizations
Human Communication and Technology (if not selected above)
Organizational Communication Technology
Rhetoric and the Internet
Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech
Contemporary Imagination in Literature and the Arts
Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century:
Literature and Film:
Independent Study
Advanced Independent Study
Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (if not selected above)
Science Fiction:
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Television Studies
Game Culture
Topics in Film, Television and Digital Studies:
Film and Literature
Media and Society: (if specific title not selected above)
Cinema, Television, and Genre:
Entertainment Industries:
Theories of Digital Culture:
Intermediate Topics in Film and Television Studies:
Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology
Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
The 1960s in the United States: A Cultural History
Introduction to Information Science and Technology (if not selected above)
Information Technology Ethics
Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use (if not selected above)
Introduction to Systems Analysis
Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services
Advanced Topics in Information Science & Technology:
The Search Engine Society
Information Technology and Organizations
Introduction to Mass Media (if not selected above)
Gender and the Media
Internet Culture
Principles of Media Studies
News Literacy
Race and Ethnicity in the Media
History of Mass Media
Media Ethics
Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
Media Studies and Culture

Practicing the Digital Arts 

Enroll in and complete 6 credits:
Special Topics:
2D Studio: Concept, Color and Composition
Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice (if not selected above)
Creative Technologies
Introduction to Design
Introduction to Photography
Intermediate Digital Studio (if not selected above)
Creative Coding
Digital Painting
Participatory Art and Social Practice
Creative Interfaces
3D Modeling and XR
Creative Electronics
Web Design (if not selected above)
Web Design II
Digital Media Workshop:
Topics in Web, Interaction and Screen Design:
Motion Graphics
Internship in Digital Arts and Culture, Lower Division
Internship in Digital Arts and Culture, Upper Division
Digital Engagement Seminar
Technical Writing
Writing in the Professions: (Writing and Social Media for Careers)
Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture:
Forms of Experimental Literature:
Topics in Advanced Communications:
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
Technical Documentation
Project Management for Professional Writers
Information Design
Digital Filmmaking for Non-Majors
Foundation Production: Fiction
Foundation Production: Nonfiction
Introduction to Digital Arts
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Geographic Information Science
Web Design I
Web Design II
Introduction to Application Development
Multimedia Web Design
Nonprofit Information Technology
Electronic Publishing and Web Design
Internet Culture (if not selected above)
Media Writing
News Writing
Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations
Publication Design
Introduction To Video Storytelling
Introduction to Digital Documentary
Media Graphics (if not selected above)
On-Campus Internship (DAC placement)
Topics in Social Media:
Studio Techniques
Interactive Electronic Music
Special Studies in Music: (Interactivity and Improvisation)
The Digital Theatre - Pocket Tech
Sound Production and Digital Editing for Stage and Studio
Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio
Sound Design and Digital Editing

Credits earned at other institutions equivalent to courses in the certificate program may be accepted in partial fulfillment of the program requirements, subject to review by the Certificate Program Committee.