Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee 

Date of First Reading: February 1, 2021

Date of Second Reading: March 1, 2021

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 – MS in Digital Culture

Action Requested: This curricular proposal has received all college, school, unit and university administrative approvals, and is being presented to the Senate for review and voting decision.

Rationale: The MS in Digital Culture program is designed for practitioners, makers, and theorists in design, arts, and humanities 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 MS as a stepping-stone towards a PhD.

The program allows students to explore new avenues for real-time media creation that seek to go beyond current paradigms. Students of the program will use relevant technology, programming, and media, with the intent to better studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities.



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