Digital Studies

Undergraduate Minor Requirements

The 22-unit Minor in Digital Studies, offered through the School of Cinematic Arts, explores the rich potential of digital media for critical analysis and creative discovery. Learning the exciting and dynamic potential of a broad array of tools and technologies, students create innovative projects, from photo-essays to web-based documentaries, from interactive videos to sophisticated web sites, and from typography in motion to 3-D visualizations. Elective courses explore media for social change, the ethics of virtual worlds, transmedia expression and more, allowing students to use media in pursuit of their own interests and to enhance their major.

All Digital Studies courses combine theory and practice in lab-based seminars featuring hands-on tutorials to support students in producing sophisticated, media-rich work. Participants in this minor gain powerful skills useful in future endeavors within or beyond academia, where the ability to work effectively with media is a crucial job skill.

Further information:
Sonia Seetharaman, Academic Program Coordinator
sseetharaman@cinema.usc.edu
213-821-5860

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Units
IML 104 Introduction to Digital Studies AND 2
IML 140 Workshop in Multimedia Authoring, OR 2, max4
IML 201 The Languages of Digital Media 4
IML 310 Professionalism for Media Arts 2
 
12 units (minimum) from the following*:
Course Number Course Name Units
IML 309 Integrative Design for Mobile Devices 4
IML 340 The Praxis of New Media: Digital Argument 2, max 4
IML 346 Methods in Digital Research 2
IML 388 Computational Thinking and Design 4
IML 400 Creative Coding for the Web 4
IML 404 Tactical Media 4
IML 420 New Media for Social Change 4, max 8
IML 422 Information Visualization 4
IML 466 Digital Studies Symposium 4
*Students in good standing may elect to take graduate (500-level) courses, pending departmental approval.

4 units (minimum) from the following:

School of Cinematic Arts

Course Number Course Name Units
CTCS 400 Non-Fiction Film and Television 4
CTCS 411 Film, Television and Cultural Studies 4
CTCS 412 Gender, Sexuality and Media 4
CTCS 478 Culture, Technology & Communications 4
CTCS 482 Transmedia Entertainment 4
CTPR 327* Motion Picture Camera 3
CTPR 335* Motion Picture Editing 3
CTPR 385 Colloquium: Motion Picture Production Techniques 4
CTAN 330 Animation Fundamentals 2
CTAN 432 The World of Visual Effects 2
CTAN 448 Introduction to Film Graphics-Animation 4
CTIN 462 Critical Theory and Analysis of Games 4
CTIN 483 Introduction to Game Development 4
CTIN 488 Game Design Workshop 4

Viterbi School of Engineering

Course Number Course Name Units
ITP 300x* Database Web Development 3
ITP 301x** Interactive Web Development 4
ITP 404x* ** Modern Technologies of Web Development 3
ITP 411x* Multimedia and Video Production 3

College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Course Number Course Name Units
AHIS 429 Studies in Art, Science, and Technology 4
ANTH 476 Ethnographic Film Theory From an Historical Perspective 4
ENGL 392 Visual and Popular Culture 4
IR 444 Issues and Theories in Global Society 4
PHIL 446 Aesthetics and the Film 4
REL 341 Technology, Culture and Ethics 4
SOCI 365 Visual Sociology of the Urban City and Its Residents 4

School of Architecture

Course Number Course Name Units
ARCH 432 People, Places, and Culture: Architecture of the Public Realm 4

Roski School of Fine Arts

Course Number Course Name Units
FADN 332ab Typography 2-2
FAIN 315 Internet Studio: Online Experimentation and Expression 4
PAS 371 Art in the Public Realm: Contemporary Issues 4

Marshall School of Business

Course Number Course Name Units
IOM 443 The Business of Interactive Digital Media 4

Thornton School of Music

Course Number Course Name Units
MUSC 465 Music, Television and American Culture 4

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Course Number Course Name Units
COMM 306 The Communication Revolution, Entertainment and the Arts 4
COMM 310 Media and Society 4
COMM 339 Communication Technology and Culture 4
COMM 411** Communication Criticism 4
COMM 412 Communication and Social Movements 4
COMM 422 Legal Issues and New Media 4
COMM 440 Music as Communication 4
COMM 450 Visual Culture and Communication 4
COMM 455 Advertising and Society 4
COMM 456** Entertainment, Marketing and Culture 4
COMM 458m** Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment and the Arts 4
COMM 465m Gender in Media Industries and Products 4
JOUR 330 Photojournalism 4
JOUR 381 Entertainment, Business and Media in Today's Society 4
JOUR 405** Non-Fiction Television 4
JOUR 420** Advanced Photojournalism 4
JOUR 422 Visual Journalism 4

School of Theatre

Course Number Course Name Units
THTR 403 The Performing Arts 4
THTR 406 Theatre on the Edge 4

* Please note that these are 3 unit courses and will not alone fulfill the elective requirement of 4 units.
** Please note that these courses have prerequisites and/or co-requisites