The Digital Media courses at W&J are a selection of classes within the Computing and Information Studies department (CIS). CIS is an interdisciplinary program that focuses not only on the development of technical skills, but more importantly on the application of technological solutions to solve problems specific to the context of any field. The primary endeavor is not simply a technological solution, but rather solving the unique problem at hand.
Certain courses within the CIS program may include coding, production, design and interaction; and some of these make up the offerings in Digital Media:
“Put simply, Digital Media at W&J is just a way to refer to a selection of courses that reflect upon how we interact and communicate with digital content — whether we use that content to convey information or tell stories.”
At larger schools you might find these courses in various departments, most likely computer science, communication, or art. But at W&J, we’ve collected these into one part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that enables students to learn about new ways of using digital media to solve problems and communicate information from any field – whether it comes from the arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (the academic divisions at W&J).
Theoretically, these courses incorporate concepts from visual communication, design, art, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). More practically, the courses also teach students how to develop visual imagery, digital film, interactive presentations, dynamic web sites, and mobile applications.
In addition to supporting the CIS Major and Minor, these courses also fulfill requirements as part of the Graphic Design Concentration, and the Professional Writing Concentration.