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USC Catalogue 2015-2016 
USC Catalogue 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Digital Studies Minor

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The minor in digital studies 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 Websites, and from typography in motion to 3-D visualizations. Elective courses explore media for social change, tangible computing, 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.

Information about courses and other program offerings can be obtained by emailing the Media Arts and Practice program at

Program Requirements

A total of 20 units is required to complete the minor: 4 units of introductory course work, 14 units of intermediate course work and 2 units of advanced course work. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Intermediate Course Work

Advanced Course Work

Total Units (minimum): 20

Media Arts Electives

Applicable courses include: IML 309 , IML 340 , IML 385 , IML 400 , IML 404 , IML 420 , IML 450 , IML 466 , IML 475  and IML 499 .

Digital Studies Electives

Applicable courses include: COMM 450 , CTCS 400 , REL 341  and SOCI 365 . Other courses may be applicable; please see an adviser for approval.

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