Courses

DIG 2121 Principles of Digital Visualization 3 Credits

Develops appreciation and basic fluency in the application of visual and design literacy into emergent forms of digital media. Historical and theoretical perspectives inform hands-on learning across topics including pre-visualization and storyboarding in static and time-based media, and the critical analysis of contemporary and iconic visual storytelling.

DIG 2632 Creating Mobile Games 3 Credits

Introduces designing mobile video games with simple drag and drop programming and basic asset creation. Covers the essential principles of design and development needed to create effective arcade-style games. Provides a solid foundation in the technical skills needed to create multi-platform mobile games.

DIG 2930 Special Topics: Foundations of Digital Culture 3 Credits

In-depth examination of the technological and cultural underpinnings that shape current electronic media including video games, the internet, computer-animated movies, and virtual reality.

DIG 2931C Special Topics in Digital Media 1-3 Credits

Special topics course to address contemporary digital arts and sciences issues. This flexible pedagogic mechanism provides DAS a dimension of vitality that compliments theory-based offerings with an up-to-the-minute examination of emergent cultural and technological events and developments.

Prereq: instructor permission.

DIG 3020 Foundations of Digital Culture 3 Credits

An interdisciplinary overview of the technological and cultural developments that continue to shape the modern world. Student research covers topics including telecommunications, digital and analog technologies, video games, computer-generated entertainment and the rise of social media. (WR)

Prereq: DAR or DAS major or instructor permission.

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DIG 3305C 3D Digital Animation Techniques 3 Credits

This course will introduce the foundations of creating 3D digital environments and animations. Students will implement industry-standard animation principles and practices, including reference-centric animation and polygonal modeling.

Prereq: DAR major and and DIG 3313C with minimum grade of C..

DIG 3313C 2D Digital Animation Techniques 3 Credits

This course introduces foundational knowledge ofanimation in a 2D space. Students will learn how to design and implement character, abstract, andshape animation.

Prereq: DAR major.

DIG 3433 Digital Storytelling 3 Credits

Develops a framework for integrating participation and storytelling as the foundation of interactivity. Explores how story is incorporated into contemporary interactive platforms such as games and other digital media, including virtual worlds, video blogs and social networks.

Prereq: DAR major and junior standing or above.

DIG 3506 Interdisciplinary Design Methods for Digital Arts and Sciences 2 Credits

Comprehensive overview of industry and academy standard design methods and processes. Interdisciplinary design practices from process-focused fields like interaction design, human-centered design, design research and computer-supported collaborative work. Construction and delivery of needs analyses, audience analyses, and design documents, and iterative design practices including rapid prototyping, user-testing, real-time research, conceptual design and agile development. Students will use one of these design frameworks to take a DAS design prototype from conceptualization to user-testing.

Prereq: DAR major and junior standing or above.

DIG 3525C DAS Design and Production Studio 1 3 Credits

This course will provide students with digital imaging and design foundations in visualization. Additionally, the course will offer an introduction to the foundation of interface tools in industry standard digital imaging software.

Prereq: DAR major.

DIG 3526C DAS Design and Production Studio 2 3 Credits

Working within an interdisciplinary digital arts and sciences (DAS) design and production studio environment, students will focus on network and Internet-based technologies, delivery systems and content generation. Students will participate in the creation of two major collaborative group projects or one major semester-long project.

Prereq: DAR major and DIG 3525C with minimum grade of C.

DIG 3588C Digital Portfolio 1-3 Credits

Provides technical and design skills for the creation of a digital portfolio with interactive media suitable for distribution, including DVD and a portfolio website. Also covers techniques for using and linking social media, digital branding and personal marketing.

Prereq: DAR major and junior standing or above.

DIG 3713 Game Design Practices 3 Credits

Provides both theoretical and practical knowledge and essential technical skills for the conceptualization and digital visualization of video game assets. Covers the principles and practical applications of industry-standard software suites. Emphasizes developing strong foundational skills, compelling conceptual ideas, and self-motivated problem solving.

Prereq: DAR major and junior standing or above.

DIG 3873 Theory of Digital Media Protocols 3 Credits

Covers the theory behind the design of digital media systems, data-flow logic, binary data structures and pseudo-code description of computational algorithms. The students will be exposed to fundamental principles of computer coding and scripting and protocols of communication between digital systems.

Prereq: DAR major and junior standing or above.

DIG 3878 Applied Digital Media Protocols 3 Credits

Introduces contemporary protocols for mobile application development. Topics include procedural and object-oriented programming, mobile software development practices, design and implementation of natural human-computer interaction for mobile and wearable platforms. Students will develop skills in programming their own applications with graphical user interfaces for portable digital media systems.

Prereq: DIG 3873 with minimum grade of C.

DIG 4097 Entrepreneurship in New Media 3 Credits

Using an interdisciplinary approach, acquire fluency in techniques of idea generation, innovation, internet startups, video games, mobile applications, promotion and branding, company boot strapping, and business plan creation. Focuses on developing creative and business skills applicable to new media startups.

Prereq: DAR major and senior standing.

DIG 4151 Advanced Writing for Interactive Media 3 Credits

DIG 4154 Writing for Interactive Media 3 Credits

Provides in-depth analysis and opportunity to hone writing skills needed in the creation and development of interactive digital media. Students will investigate approaches for generating high-quality writing and the blend between development, planning, technical and creative writing through writing the documents to support a digital media project's development and production.

Prereq: DAR major and senior standing.

DIG 4171C Digital Tools for Arts and Humanities 3 Credits

The study of digital applications, games, tools, and social networks to enhance research in the arts and humanities. The course examines and expands on current theoretical discussions, applications, and methodologies. An interdisciplinary group project will further engage students in collaborative research and offer hands-on experience with digital tools.

Prereq: Junior level or higher

DIG 4255C Audio Design for Digital Production 3 Credits

Professional techniques for the creation of audio content for variety of applications in the digital arts and sciences. Software tools for conversion, storing, processing and retrieval of sound in a variety of digital formats. Fundamentals of loop-based audio design, sampling and work with an industry standard software with linear and interactive digital media.

Prereq: DAR major and senior standing.

DIG 4283 Music and Sound Design for Digital Media 3 Credits

Investigates techniques, tools and current research in music and sound design for digital media for DAR and DAS non-music majors.

DIG 4306C Advanced Digital Animation Techniques 3 Credits

Practical principles and techniques of 3D software environments for animation. Includes triangular mesh design and editing, splines (NURBS), shading techniques and lighting, different camera projection models, rendering techniques, and efficient use of GPU for photo realistic real-time 3D animation.

Prereq: DAR major and DIG 3305C with minimum grade of C or instructor permission.

DIG 4527C Game Design and Production 3 Credits

Interdisciplinary approach to game design and production. Emphasizes rapid prototyping, agile design, collaboration, and project management in a relatively short development cycle. Work on idea pitches, write concept proposals, and work to develop a video game.

Prereq: DAR major and DIG 4715C with minimum grade of C.

DIG 4583C DAS Design and Production Studio 4 3 Credits

As the capstone academic experience resulting from work within the interdisciplinary DAS environment, students will choose their own semester-long project that solves a problem or presents a new technical or cultural capability via enhanced human-computer interaction.

Prereq: DAR major and DIG 4527C with minimum grade of C.

DIG 4634 Wearable and Mobile App Development 3 Credits

Examines software development protocols for wearable and mobile electronics such as head-mounted displays, watches, and cellphones. Studies several embedded input/output interfaces, including position and orientation sensors, hand trackers, holographic, and stereoscopic displays. Materials are practiced by developing prototype software applications for such devices.

Prereq: DIG 3878 with minimum grade of C.

DIG 4715C Game Development 3 Credits

Elaborates on concepts, processes and technical practices introduced in DIG3713C; use game design fundamentals to craft effective digital games. Detailed examination of conceptual techniques in game design and their use in DAS design practice; comparative introduction of frameworks for game design; technical components of 2D and 3D game design.

Prereq: DIG 3873 and (DIG 3713 or DIG 3525C), all with minimum grades of C, and DAR major.

DIG 4841 Undergraduate Research Forum 3 Credits

Seminar focuses on collaborative interdisciplinary research in the digital arts and sciences. Develop, refine, and present research projects and process related to traditional and contemporary industry concerns, practices, and trajectories.

Prereq: DAR major and senior standing.

DIG 4905 Independent Study 1-4 Credits

Independent study of special or individual DIG projects and issues, under faculty supervision.

Prereq: consent of faculty member supervising the study.

DIG 4917 Undergraduate Research in DAS 0-3 Credits

Undergraduate Research Assistant provides DAS students with research experience at the intersection of digital arts and sciences. Research Assistants work directly with DAS faculty to explore and produce various research in interactive tools and technologies. Students will accelerate their professional development as both a researcher and digital artist.

Prereq: Junior level or higher.

DIG 4932 Colloquium in Digital Arts and Sciences 1 Credit

Seminars explores current affairs in the field of digital arts and sciences. Research, communicate, and analyze the contemporary trends in digital arts and sciences.

Prereq: DAR major and senior standing.

DIG 4940 Internship 1-3 Credits

Internship encourages reflection on position, company, industry, and experience. After completing the assignments, students should be able to articulate the role internship had in their career development.

Prereq: DAR major.

DIG 4944C Production Practicum 0-3 Credits

Production Practicum will provide DAS students hands-on experience producing and executing real-world digital media projects. Students will participate in many production roles, collaborating with peers and clients in a professional studio environment. In the process, students will accelerate their professional development as a producer within the digital arts and sciences.

Prereq: Junior level or higher.

DIG 4970 Senior Project in DAS 2-3 Credits

Successful completion of this capstone experience demonstrates mastery of requisite knowledge, technical acumen, and problem solving skills in the digital arts and sciences. May be either an individual or team-based project.

Prereq: senior status enrolled in the BA in DAS program.