The goal of the 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
Performance, Ritual and Technology
This class will cover performance strategies in relationship to digital technology, ritual and the social. We will create collaborative and hybrid work at the intersection of performance, digital media and social practice and map out modes of ritual engagement within these intersections. We will explore "liveness" as a digital and/or embodied presence and survey contemporary hybrid performance work.
Explore these select courses:
An introduction to the study of media with a focus on visual media and experience. Students will learn about key moments in media history, from the invention of print to the rise of broadcasting/mass media and the entrenchment of digital/social media. Students will engage with foundational concepts in media and visual studies, and develop tools to critically analyze, discuss, and write about the images that come to us through physical and virtual networks. Topics include: photojournalism, infographics, screen cultures, public relations and advertising, social media, AI, and the effects of digital media on the environment and mental health.
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.
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
Associate Professor of Art, Director of Digital Arts
photography, history of photography, video capture and editing, Adobe premiere, art foundations curriculum, and 2D and 4D fundamentals
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
Associate Professor of Music
acoustic and electro-acoustic composition; post-tonal analysis; audio programming; algorithmic composition; mobile platform development of audio applications
Professor of Anthropology, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
complex hunter-gatherers in the interior Pacific Northwest; the forager/farmer transition in Southwest Asia; rural coastal adaptations in western Ireland