The goal of the interdisciplinary Digital Arts Program is to offer hands-on opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, with an emphasis on digital, hybrid, and emerging technologies and practices. The program prepares students to participate ethically in a complex, highly mediated cultural landscape and critically examine the impact of rapidly evolving technology on society.
About the Minor
Digital Arts supports students in building a body of work spanning multi-media production, design, storytelling, sound, web and performance platforms, with access to new technology, equipment and facilities. The program also provides opportunities to connect with contemporary artists, designers, and professionals in relevant, emerging fields. Courses address issues of sustainability, accessibility, collaboration, embodiment, interactivity, identity and citizenship.
A Sampling of Courses
Photography Changes Everything
An interdisciplinary survey of the history of photography from its invention in the 19th century to the present day. We will explore photography not only as an art form, but as a medium that shapes knowledge, affects social relations, and influences visual culture at large. Students will learn about the technologies and social practices that have made photography ubiquitous, working with a range of photographic objects firsthand. Topics include family and vernacular photography; imperial photo albums; ethnographic portraits; photojournalism and the paparazzi; crime, war and surveillance photographs; advertising and fashion; digital filters; and the digital photograph as data.
Explore these select courses:
This course provides students with a historical and theoretical foundation for understanding how contemporary visual media informs, persuades, and shapes our experience. Our starting points will often be the types of images that surround us today: social media news feeds and advertisements, infographics, selfies, stock photos, and CAPTCHA tests. Students will engage with foundational texts in visual and media studies and develop tools to critically analyze, discuss, and write about the images that come to us through physical and virtual networks.
How can digital tools help us understand print visual culture? This research lab-style seminar integrates humanistic inquiry with a collaborative research and project design process integral to STEM fields. Students will read cutting edge work on illustrated magazines including Life, Vogue, and National Geographic and explore digital humanities projects that offer new ways to explore histories of print media. Students will learn about the possibilities and limits of digital tools such as mapping, network visualizations, and text mining, and design their own projects utilizing digitized collections of illustrated magazines.
Meet Our Faculty
Professor of Anthropology, Associate Dean of Faculty
complex hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest; the forager/farmer transition in Southwest Asia; rural coastal adaptations in western Ireland
Assistant Professor of Music
Choral repertoire and conducting; phonetic transcription of Afrikaans choral music; group vocal technique; choregie and interdisciplinary ensemble performance; text-painting in a cappella music; children’s choir composition; equity, diversity and inclusion in the choral literature canon
Assistant Professor of Music
acoustic and electro-acoustic composition; post-tonal analysis; audio programming; algorithmic composition; mobile platform development of audio applications