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IML 104 Introduction to Digital Studies (2 units) 

An introduction to the expressive range of screen languages in their cultural, historical, and technological contexts.
Two-unit introduction to media, art and technology in the context of various academic and professional disciplines. Students will study the history and theory of digital media while also gaining hands-on media authoring skills. This course counts as a requirement for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 140 Workshop in Multimedia Authoring (2 units)

Introduction to the expressive potential of multimedia as a critical and creative tool, supplementing traditional forms of academic work.
Introduction to image, video, audio and web authoring in a variety of different topic areas such as storytelling, remix, mindfulness and marketing. This course counts as a requirement for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 201 The Languages of Digital Media (4 units)

An in-depth investigation of the close interrelationships among technology, culture and communication to form a solid foundation for digital authoring.
Four-unit introduction to media, art and technology in the context of various academic and professional disciplines. Students will study the history and theory of digital media while also gaining hands-on media authoring skills. This course is similar to IML 104, but extends further into web and interactive media topics. This course counts as a requirement for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 385 Design Fiction and Speculative Futures (4 units)

The history, theory and methods of design fiction, focusing on design videos and physical prototypes as tools for exploring contemporary social, political and ethical life.
Design fiction, or speculative design, has become a powerful tool for exploring aspects of contemporary social, cultural, political and ethical life. Through the use of techniques borrowed from literature, cinema, and design, participants in this class will learn how to use design fiction to create new directions for the future. Students will engage in collaboration, video capture, video editing, basic sound design, 3D printing, and object design. This course counts as an elective for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 420 New Media for Social Change (4 units)

Creating real social change through multimedia, working in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization.
IML 420 explores the nature of civic engagement in the 21st century and gives students the opportunity to strengthen their digital media skills in the pursuit of real world change. Students will survey, analyze and critique real world organizations and projects that harness media in new and compelling ways to foster sustainable civic engagement and social change. They will then work in teams to develop workshops that teach and spread those same practices to other groups that may benefit from them. The course will deepen students’ ability to reflect deeply and act thoughtfully in the age of digital civics. This course counts as an elective for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 456 Nature, Design and Media (2 units) 

Investigation of the impact of natural patterns on digital media design. Explores the relationships among chaos, harmony, beauty, proportion, spirituality, holistic systems and shaped experience. 
Each student will create work using a variety of media platforms and methodologies including filmmaking, interactive media, text, visual arts, immersive experiences, and installations. This course counts as an elective for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 475 Media Arts Research Lab (2 units) 

A hands-on mentored research lab experience within the context of media art and in association with a real-world project.
IML 475: Media Arts Research Lab is a specialized course that is taught in conjunction with one of SCA’s many research labs and/or research initiatives. Rather than having a traditional course curriculum, the professor will build the curriculum around the lab’s current research. The goal of the course is to give students some exposure to the innovative work being done at SCA. Participating labs include the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab, the Mixed Reality Lab and the World Building Media Lab. This course counts as an elective for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 499 Special Topics (4 units)

Selected topics in multimedia literacy.
Special Topics courses are one-time, non-repeating courses taught periodically in every department. These are often experimental courses, courses taught by visiting faculty members, or courses whose material falls outside the standard curriculum. Special Topics counts as an elective for the minor in Digital Studies and for the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.
In Spring 2017, Media Arts + Practice will offer two sections of Special Topics: Designing and Writing for Transmedia Narratives, and Love Online: Emotion in Digital Culture.