Digital Arts Minor

Minor in Digital Arts

Program Advisers: Stephanie Dinkins (

Digital technologies are reshaping all aspects of our culture; the arts and its related commercial and entertainment industries are no exception. The Digital Arts Minor enables students to explore digital production tools in print, web, video, animation, game, CD, DVD, performance, installation, interactive experience, information visualization, and public space. In addition to production skills, the Digital Arts Minor builds critical literacy in reading and understanding images, sound, and information as well as in interacting in mediated social networks. It encourages creative thinking and problem solving, often cited as necessary skills for the 21st century and the pace of change in technology. The minor provides the education and fosters skills now crucial to being a citizen, consumer, cultural producer, and innovator in today’s global visual and information culture.

This minor is particularly well suited for, but not limited to, students in Studio Art (ARS), Cinema and Cultural Studies (CCS), Computer Science (CSE), Multidisciplinary Studies (MTD), Music (MUS), Theatre (THR), Journalism (JRN), and Business (BUS).


All courses for the minor in Digital Arts must be passed with a grad of “C” or higher. Completion of the minor requires 21 credits. Nine or more credits for the minor must be upper division.

To earn a Digital Arts Minor students must take 1 Core course (category A), 1 Foundations course (category B), and 1 Intermediate Production course (category C). Students must also take 1 additional production course chosen from categories C or D, 1 Theory and Culture course chosen from category E, and 6 additional elective credits chosen from categories C, D or E.

A. Core Courses (pick one):

  • ARS/MUS/THR/CDT 208: Introduction to Digital Media Technology
  • ARS 225: Introductory Digital Art

B. Foundations in the Arts (pick one):

  • DIA/ARH 207: Digital Media: History and Theory
  • ARS 205: Foundations in Visual Arts: Idea and Form
  • CCS 101-B: Images & Texts: Understanding Culture

C. Intermediate Production Courses (pick one):

  • ARS/MUS/THR/CDT 317: Interactive, Performance, Media, and MIDI
  • ARS/MUS/THR/CDT 318: Movies: Shoot, Score, and Edit
  • ARS 324: Intermediate Digital Arts: Design
  • ARS 325: Intermediate Digital Arts: Print
  • ARS 326: Intermediate Digital Arts: Video
  • ARS 327-H: Intermediate Digital Arts: Web Art, Design, and Culture
  • ARS 328 Intermediate Digital Arts: Animation
  • ARS 425: Advanced Digital Arts
  • MUS 340: Introduction to Music Technologies
  • ARS/MUS/THR/CDT 341: Sound Design

D. Other Production Courses:

  • ARS 381: Photography 2
  • ARS 481: Photography 3
  • ARS 482: Photography 4
  • ARS 390-G/491/492: Topics (only approved topics)
  • ARS 487: Advanced Directed Projects in Studio
  • ARS 495: Senior Honors Project in Studio Art
  • ARS/MUS/THR/CCS/CSE/ISE 488: Internship
  • CSE 102: Introduction to Web Design and Programming
  • ISE 108: Introduction to Programming
  • ISE 208: Programming II
  • CSE 325: Computer Science and Sculpture
  • CSE 334: Introduction to Multimedia Systems (also ISE 334)
  • CSE 364: Advanced Multimedia (also ISE 364)
  • CSE 380: Computer Game Programming
  • CSE 381: Advanced Game Programming
  • MUS 344: Audio Engineering
  • MUS 437: Electronic Music

E. Theory and Culture Courses :

  • DIA/CCS 396-H: Video and Computer Game History
  • DIA/CCS 397-H: Video and Computer Game Culture
  • ARH 322-G: American Art Since 1947
  • ARH 333: Arts for the Public
  • ARH 335-G: History of Photography
  • ARH 336-G: Digital Visual Culture
  • ARH 342: Art of the 20th Century
  • ARH 344-G: Performance Art II: World War II to the Present
  • ARH 345-G: The Moving Image in 20th Century Art
  • ARH 400: Topics in Art History
  • CCS 301-G: Theorizing Cinema & Culture
  • CCS 391-K: Topics in Diasporic Cinema and Cultural Studies
  • CCS 313-G: Television Studies
  • CCS 395-G: Topics in Digital Cultural Studies
  • CCS 401: Senior Seminar in Cinema & Cultural Studies
  • CSE 301-H: History of Computing
  • EST 310: Game Design
  • MUS 300-H: Music, Technology, and Digital Culture
  • THR 277: The Media Industry
  • THR 403: Media: Theory and Criticism


  • No more than six credits from any 488 internship may be applied to the minor.
  • No more than three credits from 487 may be applied to the minor.
  • Pre-approval for appropriate 487 projects and 488 internships is required.
  • ARS majors should ber aware that many ARS courses require ARS 154 as a prerequisite, although ARS 154 is not required for DIA courses