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IML 104: Introduction to Digital Studies (2 units)

Description: An introduction to the expressive range of screen languages in their cultural, historical, and technological contexts.
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 and also gain hands-on media authoring skills. Counts as a requirement for the minor in Digital Studies and Honors in Multimedia Scholarship.

IML 140: Workshop in Multimedia Authoring (2 units)

Description: 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 the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

IML 201: The Languages of Digital Media (4 units)

Description: An in-depth investigation of the close interrelationships among technology, culture and communication to form a solid foundation for digital authoring. Duplicates credit in former IML 101. This course is similar to IML 104, but extends further into web and interactive media topics. Counts as a requirement for the minor in Digital Studies and the Honors in Multimedia Scholarship program.

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

Description:Critical analysis of the categories of race, class and gender within the diverse digital spaces of contemporary culture, from video games to the digital divide. Students will produce media projects that analyze their own attitudes about diversity and inclusion and argue that living in a diverse society can function as a form of social and cultural enrichment. Counts as a requirement for the minor in Media and Social Change.

IML 320 Designing and Writing for Transmedia Narratives (4 units)

Description:Creating a story that uses three or more digital platforms (video, social media, games, comics, et cetera) with strategies drawn from entertainment, art and activism. Students will explore various narrative styles for interactive non-linear storytelling. Counts as a requirement for the minors in Digital Studies, Media and Social Change and Future Cinema.

IML 340 Remixing the Archive (4 units)

Description: An intermediate level course, which approaches archived material from multiple perspectives, in order to develop new avenues of expression, education, and research. Students will create a media project that uses archival images, video, sound and text in order to explore a topic in a multifaceted way. Counts as a requirement for the minors in Digital Studies and Media and Social Change.

IML 365: Future Cinema (4 units)

Description: Examination of the history of cinematic experimentation to provide a framework for understanding contemporary virtual reality, augmented reality, interactive installations and large-scale urban screens. Student will design a speculative project by transforming a short story into an expanded/future cinema presentation. Counts as a requirement for the minors in Digital Studies and Future Cinema.

IML 420 New Media for Social Change (4 units)

Description: Creating real social change through multimedia, working in collaboration with a local nonprofit organization. Students explore the nature of civic engagement and strengthen their digital media skills in the pursuit of real world change. Counts as a requirement for the minors in Digital Studies and Media and Social Change.

IML 422 Information Visualization (4 units)

Description: Visualizing information through diverse media platforms, with a focus on critical analysis and hands-on visualization. Students will explore the technical and conceptual aspects of using data to create diagrams, infographics, charts, wayfinding systems, interactive media, journalism, and art. Counts as a requirement for the minor in Digital Studies.

IML 458 The Embedded Story: Designing Digital Landscapes and Languages (2 units)

Description: Exploration of the imagined territories where language and landscape originate, converge and are transformed. Students will collaborate to create media in cross-platform environments using world-building, and other, methodologies. Counts as a requirement for the minors in Digital Studies and Future Cinema.

IML 475 Media Arts Research Lab (2 units)
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. 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. Counts as a requirement for the minors in Digital Studies and Future Cinema.