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IML 104 Introduction to Digital Studies 2 units (DGST)*

A theory-rich complement to the IML 140 courses, IML 104 provides an introduction to digital studies and prepares students for work across a wide variety of Web 2.0 applications.
Instructors vary / see Schedule of Classes for sections and details

IML 140 Workshop in Multimedia Authoring 2 units (DGST)*

This two-unit practical workshop introduces media-based research tools, presentation skills, still image and video creation within the context of various academic disciplines. Past students have created digital film pitches, interactive websites, and expository video pieces.
Instructors vary / see Schedule of Classes for sections and details

IML 295 Race, Class and Gender in Digital Culture 4 units

This foundational course is an in-depth exploration of the history, theory and socio-politics of digital media technologies and their evolution. The course counts towards the USC General Education diversity requirement for all undergraduate students.
Taught by DJ Johnson

IML 300 Reading and Writing the Web 2 units (DGST)*

An introduction to technical and theoretical issues surrounding the production of web-based content. Students build a foundation for HTML and CSS programming while exploring the affordances of more complex interactive structures. Recommended preparation: IML 102 or IML 104 or IML 201.
Taught by Evan Hughes

IML 309 Integrative Design for Mobile Devices 4 units (DGST) *

Students develop a prototype app to explore the design and technical considerations of mobile interaction, and the opportunities and challenges presented by responsive platforms. Recommended preparation: IML 102 or IML 104 or IML 201.
Taught by Tania Mulry

IML 310 Professionalism for Media Arts 2 units (DGST) *

In this course, students create a professional, web-based portfolio and media archive designed to showcase their work to colleagues and future employers. Open only to juniors and seniors.
Taught by James Boyda

IML 346 Methods in Digital Research 2 units (DGST)*

A survey of new directions in scholarly multimedia. Students will research their own proposed projects, determine an appropriate media platform and design an initial project prototype. Open only to juniors and seniors.
Taught by Elizabeth Ramsey

IML 404 Tactical Media 4 units (DGST)*

Students are encouraged to mis-use, hack and reimagine software and hardware, and to explore tactics for empowered creative resistance. Recommended preparation: IML 102 or IML 104 or IML 201.
Perry Hoberman

IML 420 New Media for Social Change 4 units (DGST,SCVZ)*

IML 420 asks students to use the tools of multimedia to tackle social issues and to create effective responses on varied media platforms. The course counts towards the USC General Education diversity requirement for all undergraduate students.
Taught by Gabriel Peters-Lazaro

IML 466 Digital Studies Symposium 4 units (DGST,SCVZ)*

The weekly guest lecturers in this survey course are a mix of artists, programmers, scholars and designers who discuss the creation and culmination of their work, as well as the rewards and challenges of producing scholarly media.
Taught by Holly Willis

IML 475 Media Arts Research Lab 2-4 units (DGST)*

Students engage in faculty-mentored, practice-based research activities either in relation to a grant-funded initiative or in association with an existing media arts lab within the School of Cinematic Arts. Recommended preparation: IML 102 or IML 104 or IML 201.
Taught by Scott Fisher

*Minor Legend

  • ANDA designated classes apply toward the
    Animation & Digital Arts Minor.
  • CART designated classes apply toward the
    Cinematic Arts Minor.
  • DGST designated classes apply toward the
    Digital Studies Minor.
  • SCWR designated classes apply toward the
    Screenwriting Minor.
  • SCVZ designated classes apply toward the
    Science Visualization Minor.
  • CNHP designated classes apply toward the
    Cinema-Television for the Health Professions Minor.
  • VGDM designated classes apply toward the
    Video Game Design & Management Minor.

Check the USC Catalogue for official program requirements.
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