Digital Arts Applied Minor (AM)

The digital arts applied minor provides you the opportunity to explore the role of technology in the arts and the arts as an application of technology. You will work in several different media and develop a foundation in programming, exploring aspects of design from several different angles.

Program details

As you pursue the digital arts applied minor, you will use the skills and patterns you’ve acquired to produce a project that integrates material from across the digital arts.

Applied minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing you to personalize your education and to help you make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities.

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Plan of study

You will complete four of the following courses:

  • ART 235 Photography I
  • ART 240 3D Modeling and Creating Art
  • CS 128 Introduction to Programming
  • CS 281 Applied Groups
  • CS 370 Graphics (for advanced Math or CS students)
  • MUS 372 Making Music with Computers
  • THEA 372 Drawing and Rendering Designs

Co-curricular activity

You’ll complete one of the following co-curricular activities:

  • Serve as a member of a web-focused applied group. (One term.)
  • Design a work of art, production, or piece of software (or a portfolio of smaller works) that incorporates elements of the material covered in the applied minor and which serves a campus need or social good. (Fifteen to 30 hours.)
  • Serve as part of a group that educates other members of the campus community on the safe and effective use of various resources, such as the fabrication machines or theater technology. (One term.)
  • Participate as part of a campus musical group, publication, production, or arts group in a capacity that incorporates the use of technology. (One term.)
  • Arrange for a series of visits with a local school to expose students to ideas in the digital arts. (Three visits, plus time spent planning coordinating with teachers and administrators.)
  • Contribute to a larger project, such as a theater production or a game, by contributing digital arts skills such as music design, sound design, or art design. (Ten to 30+ hours.)

Culminating experience

Finally, you will design a work of art, production, or piece of software (or a portfolio of smaller works) that incorporates elements of the material covered in the applied minor.

View a full list of courses and their descriptions.

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Our faculty

From computer science to music, our faculty will encourage you to think about the impact technology and the arts have on each other and on society.

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