Courses

Digital Arts and Culture Courses and Electives

DAC 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent work supervised by Digital Arts and Culture faculty or staff member. Written course proposal required prior to reg. For additional information, consult prog coord.
DAC 289 Internship in Digital Arts and Culture, Lower Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of basic principles of Digital Arts and Culture in business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.
DAC 296 UROP Apprenticeship, Lower Division
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.
DAC 297 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.
DAC 489 Internship in Digital Arts and Culture, Upper Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of advanced principles of Digital Arts and Culture in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.
DAC 496 UROP Apprenticeship, Upper Division
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Advanced-level undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.
DAC 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.
DAC 661 Digital Engagement Seminar
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Production of a digital portfolio demonstrating achievement of DAC program learning goals.
DAC 661G Digital Engagement Seminar
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Production of a digital portfolio demonstrating achievement of DAC program learning goals.
DAC 699 Advanced Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent work supervised by Digital Arts and Culture faculty or staff member. Writ course proposal req'd prior to reg. For add'l info, consult prog coord.

Anthropology

ANTHRO 302 Anthropology and Popular Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Aspects of popular culture including music, information technology, tourism, and film, video, and museum-spectacles in light of anthropological theory.
ANTHRO 340 Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Anthropological understandings of online games and virtual worlds including: conceptual foundations, current topics, methodological issues, and first-hand experience.

Art

ART 118 Digital Arts: Culture, Theory, Practice
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to electronic art and imaging. Focus on historical and cultural contexts, theoretical concepts and studio skills using imaging software.
ART 212 Introduction to Digital Studio: A/V Strategies
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to time based technologies for artists and designers; includes audio, video, and animation techniques. Surround sound, lighting, green screen, and visual effects are examined.
ART 218 2D Design Strategies
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to problem solving using the basics of drawing and elements & principles of design; includes composition & color theory.
ART 221 Introduction to Design
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to computer as design and production tool for graphic design, use software to create graphics, edit images and design complex layouts.
ART 309 Issues in Contemporary Art:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Lecture course focused on critical issues/theory in contemporary art and culture.
ART 312 Intermediate Digital Studio
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Students investigate the relationship between concept, material, process, aesthetic, and context in artmaking. Then, students are encouraged to integrate digital and traditional approaches to production.
ART 324 Web Design
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to design for the Internet: information architecture, hypertextuality, creative and client-based sites, critical issues of Internet culture; fundamentals of markup languages, CSS, and software.
ART 325 Web Design II
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Exploration of responsive design using HTML, CSS and prototyping tools/frameworks; focus on design for usability across devices.
ART 327 Digital Media Workshop:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
A concept oriented workshop in digital media.
ART 394 Intaglio
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Studio work in intaglio; drypoint engraving, etching, relief-intaglio; aquatint, experimental procedures, color printing, development of personal graphic concept.
ART 426 Motion Graphics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Introduction to history and production of short-duration motion graphics (industry, Internet, titling, graphics, creative projects) using contemporary production tools (video editing, compositing, audio recording/sequencing).

Art History

ARTHIST 111 Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet
3 cr. Undergraduate.
History of film, television, and the Internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form.
ARTHIST 472 History and Theory of New Media Art
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
The history and critical theory of new media artworks, focusing on artists who utilize interactive technologies.

Communication

COMMUN 313 Human Communication and Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Examination of the actual and potential role of technology in facilitating satisfying communication relationships.
COMMUN 410 Organizational Communication Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Conceptual and analytical consideration of communication consequences and needs related to technological assimilation and designing work environments.
COMMUN 413 Rhetoric and the Internet
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Critical exploration and analysis of the internet as a communication phenomenon.
COMMUN 440 Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Current legal and regulatory issues that involve freedom of speech.

Comparative Literature

COMPLIT 135 Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Critical study of literary forms (e.g. romance, comedy, short story) and their connections with other arts and media, such as cinema, TV, and music.
COMPLIT 233 Literature and Film:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Themes, styles, and ideology in cinematic and literary texts.

English

ENGLISH 111 Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet
3 cr. Undergraduate.
History of film, television, and the internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form.
ENGLISH 214 Writing in the Professions:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Adaptation of writing to situations and requirements of specific professional writing genres, such as criminal justice, government, and environmental writing.
ENGLISH 253 Science Fiction:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected works of literary science fiction by theme, type, period, or origin.
ENGLISH 290 Introduction to Film Studies
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Analysis of formal, thematic, and generic components of narrative, documentary, and avant garde filmmaking.
ENGLISH 291 Introduction to Television Studies
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The forms, images, and narratives particular to television.
ENGLISH 294 Game Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Critical study of games, digital and otherwise; forms, conventions, and practices that inform design and reception of games; place of games in contemporary culture.
ENGLISH 312 Topics in Film Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Study of stylistic, generic, historical, or theoretical issues in film studies.
ENGLISH 328 Forms of Experimental Literature:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Approaches to forms of literature that stress experimentation, innovation and the radical alteration of existing forms.
ENGLISH 329 Film and Literature
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Capabilities and limitations of narrative film and literature, emphasizing the distinctiveness of each artistic mode.
ENGLISH 380 Media and Society:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An examination of film and/or television, with attention to the representation of class, gender, race, and nation. Subtitles vary.
ENGLISH 431 Topics in Advanced Communications:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Seminar in the history, theory, or practice of professional, technical, medical, or science communications.
ENGLISH 435 Rhetoric and Professional Writing
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Theories and practices of rhetoric and professional writing with attention to business, technical, and community contexts.
ENGLISH 436 Technical Documentation
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theory, methods, and practice in writing clear, concise technical instructions; audience analysis, customer requirements, information architecture, training materials, web projects, and emerging technology discussion topics.
ENGLISH 437 Project Management for Professional Writers
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Major stages of the writing process in workplace contexts: research, analysis, project planning and management, document design, usability testing, and revision.
ENGLISH 439 Information Design
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Development of technical communication projects for external clients, applying theories from graphic design, usability, cognitive psychology, and technical communication.
ENGLISH 515 Literature and the Other Arts:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Critical study of literary works in combination with works from the other arts.

Film

FILM 201 Introduction to Experimental Media Arts
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Survey of independent media art production in film, video, photography and emerging media from the artist's point of view. Lectures, screenings, and workshops exploring ideas and techniques relevant to the making of personal statements.
FILM 222 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Pre-portfolio studio in digital filmmaking and editing techniques.
FILM 255 Introduction to Digital Arts
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Pre-portfolio studio in digital art practices.
FILM 302 Video in the Classroom
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduction to creative and technical processes of video making. Planning and production of topical video projects with small team of K-12 students and teacher.
FILM 380 Media Arts Module:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Post-portfolio course introducing specialized production skills in film, video, audio or new genres.

Fine Art

FINEART 313 Programming for Artists I
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An introduction to principles and applications of computer programming languages within art practice.

Film Studies

FILMSTD 111 Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet
3 cr. Undergraduate.
History of film, television, and the internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form.
FILMSTD 212 Intermediate Topics in Film Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Stylistic, generic, historical, or theoretical issues in film studies.
FILMSTD 380 Media and Society:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An examination of film and/or television, with attention to the representation of class, gender, race, and nation. Subtitles vary.

Geography

GEOG 215 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Geographic objects, their representation and analysis. Topics include special nature of spatial data; concepts of space, mapping, spatial relationships; and use of geographic information systems. 2 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab.
GEOG 525 Geographic Information Science
4 cr. Undergraduate.
Geographic and information theoretical foundations of geographic information science (GIS). Use of macro languages in a software project to expand GIS functionality. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs lab.

Global Studies

GLOBAL 202 Introduction to Global Studies III: Globalization and Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Globalization and information technology: history of and current trends in global transfer of technology; contemporary issues in information technology; media convergences and divisions.
GLOBAL 351 Language, Media, and Social Practice in Global Communications
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Explores the impact of global communications on languages and cultures; examines implications of globalization for technologically mediated forms of communication and related social practices.

Information Studies

INFOST 110 Introduction to Information Science and Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Introduces basic issues in information science, including the nature of information, information policy, knowledge organization, information services, and the relationships between information technologies and society.
INFOST 120 Information Technology Ethics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Comprehensive overview of the current ethical issues in information and technology use.
INFOST 240 Web Design I
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Uses popular authoring tools to cover the basics of organizing information.
INFOST 310 Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Overview of human information needs, seeking, and processing, including human factors in the design, development and evaluation of information services.
INFOST 340 Introduction to Systems Analysis
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Theories, principles, and tools for planning, organizing, assessing, and evaluating information. Emphasizes the importance of user's perspective. Covers the various stages of systems analysis and outlines the appropriate methods for each stage.
INFOST 430 Multimedia Application Development
3 cr. Undergraduate.
This course covers the basic concepts of multimedia and their applications in information services, including image representation and processing and multimedia information delivery.
INFOST 465 Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Introduction to legal environment surrounding development and use of information products and services, including intellectual property, and issues specific to internet and other digital mediums.
INFOST 491 Advanced Topics in Information Science & Technology:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Advanced examination of emerging developments and research in information science & technology.
INFOST 674 The Search Engine Society
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Critical examination of the role of search engines in contemporary society, including impact on information organization and retrieval, information institutions, information policy, law, and ethics.
INFOST 675 Information Technology and Organizations
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Topical seminar, exploring the relationship between information technology (IT) culture, organizations and the organization of work, cultures, subcultures; sociology of IT work; enterprise systems; knowledge management; data mining and IT careers.
INFOST 685 Electronic Publishing and Web Design
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
An introduction to principles of visual communications related to electronic media with emphasis on website development, electronic documents, and production and dissemination of electronic information.

Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies

JAMS 101 Introduction to Mass Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Overview of mass media from the printing press to the internet. Focus on media technologies, industries, content, and critical approaches.
JAMS 111 Gender and the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How gender representations in popular media inform and construct our understandings of the world; gender in popular culture, including new media; critical analysis of representations.
JAMS 113 Internet Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Social, cultural, and historical dimensions of the Internet.
JAMS 201 Media Writing
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Techniques and strategies for writing that can communicate effectively with media audiences; emphasizes innovation and creativity within the constraints of good grammar and style.
JAMS 204 News Writing and Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Writing, storytelling, digital editing and production for journalism.
JAMS 231 Publication Design
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Principles of print layout and design.
JAMS 232 Photojournalism
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The history of photography and the practice of photojournalism, including aesthetic, conceptual, and technical developments. Digital production and distribution.
JAMS 260 Contemporary Non-Fiction Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Overview of new and traditional forms of non-fiction media such as documentaries, web sites, and reality television.
JAMS 262 Principles of Media Studies
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Central issues and concerns in the field of media studies. Cultural study of media industries and production practices. Analysis of media texts and audiences.
JAMS 332 Introduction to Digital Documentary
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How to film and edit quality documentary footage fit for client use, broadcast television, or film festival entry.
JAMS 336 Media Graphics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Production and analysis of mass media graphics, photographs, and illustrations.
JAMS 356 Media Literacy
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of general semantics and other critical thinking principles to reporting methodology and news judgment.
JAMS 399 On-Campus Internship
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Professional internship in journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media.
JAMS 450 Race and Ethnicity in the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How popular media representations of race inform understandings of past and contemporary society; race in popular culture, especially new media; critical analysis of media content and forms.
JAMS 559 Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
First Amendment, copyright, privacy, libel, and other legal issues in contemporary news, media, persuasive communication, and social communication.
JAMS 562 Media Studies and Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Mass media and the production of culture; media industries, content, and audiences; focus on contemporary issues.
JAMS 645 Seminar in Health and the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Theoretical frameworks for examination of media representations of health, illness, health care; impact of media consumption on health, illness; use of media in health promotion.

Music

MUSIC 327 Analog and Digital Synthesis I
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Introduction to analog and digital electronic sound synthesis, recording and audio mixing, acoustics and electronic music history. Individual work in analog and digital music studios.
MUSIC 328 Digital Synthesis and Systems II
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Application of digital sound media and advanced midi; computing, synthesis, synthesizers, sampling, digital recording and editing methods. Individual projects utilizing the digital music studios.
MUSIC 680 Special Studies in Music:
1-3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Specific topic will be announced in Schedule of Classes when offered.

Theatre

THEATRE 357 Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Explore computer technology technology to create, manipulate, edit and render digital audio for performance and recording. Music, sound effects, synthesis, and MIDI are focus topics.
THEATRE 437 Sound Design and Digital Editing
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Skill development in designing sound and using digital editing systems to create sound effects, sound-scaping and basic music composition for storytelling on the stage.