Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2014-29
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Eduardo Pagan, Chair
Date of First Reading: November 4, 2013
Date of Second Reading: December 2, 2013
Title of Motion: Request from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts – School of Arts, Media and Engineering – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MA in Digital Culture
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts – School of Arts, Media and Engineering – for the establishment of a graduate degree – MA in Digital Culture
Rationale: The MA in Digital Culture is geared towards practitioners in design and the arts who have an interest in software and system development and seek to enhance their practice through
expanded engagement with interactive, embodied media design in an interdisciplinary
environment. It should be noted that all project work seeks to develop the analytical skills required in design and execution - in all projects students are required to undertake background work so they are familiar with key works and current and projected trends. In this way, the program can be tailored to fit the needs of those students seeking more theoretical work suited to using the MA as a stepping-stone towards a PhD.
The degree allows artists and designers to explore new avenues for real-time media creation that seek to go beyond current paradigms.