ls-digitalstudies-cert

Digital studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison explores the relationship between communication and digital forms of media by asking four questions:

  • How do digital media affect the ways we communicate?
  • How do we use digital tools to best communicate with each other?
  • What roles do the visual, sound and interactive elements of digital media play and how can we use them?
  • How do digital technologies affect the way we access and understand information?

It forges new connections across disciplinary boundaries by addressing distinct yet overlapping areas of intellectual activity:

  • Digital information structures—the consideration and assessment of how we use and create digital archives, databases, and other digital information architectures
  • Digital media—the consideration of how we consume and assess communication that is mediated by digital technologies such as Internet, mobile, and smart devices including digital video and audio content as well as games and simulations produced both in everyday discourse and by media professionals
  • Digital forms—the analysis and assessment of both mechanical and aesthetic elements of design in digital content including visual, audio, interactive and other components
  • Digital practices—the acquisition of skills that allow us to create expressive and strategic communication content using digital tools such as digital video and audio equipment as well as software for video and audio editing, Web-design, database and information architecture design, app design, computer simulation, and digital gaming

The digital studies certificate brings together departments from across campus and allows students to choose from over fifty courses to create their own individualized digital curriculum, where students have the opportunity to both produce digital content and critically assess the digital content they encounter.

Declaration

Students must meet with the Digital Studies advisor to declare the certificate.  See the Digital Studies Advising page for information about meeting with the advisor.

Six courses, totaling at least 16 credits, as follows:

Core Courses

One course from:

COM ARTS 200 Introduction to Digital Communication3
ENGL 178 Digital Media, Literature, and Culture3
JOURN 175 Media Fluency for the Digital Age3
L I S 201 The Information Society4

distribution

One course from each of these areas:

Digital Information Structures (I) Courses

COM ARTS 345 Online Communication and Personal Relationships3
COM ARTS 472 Rhetoric and Technology3
COM ARTS 478 Rhetoric and Power on the Internet3
COM ARTS/​FOLKLORE  522 Digitally Documenting Everyday Communication3
COM ARTS/​JOURN/​LSC  617 Health Communication in the Information Age3
CURRIC 209 Digital Media and Literacy3
GEOG 572 Graphic Design in Cartography3-4
L I S 202 Informational Divides and Differences in a Multicultural Society3
L I S 301 Information Literacies in Online Spaces3
L I S 340 Topics in Information Studies - Social Aspects3
L I S 341 Topics in Information Studies - Technological Aspects1-3
L I S 350 History and Future of Books3
L I S 351 Introduction to Digital Information3
L I S 500 Code and Power3
L I S/​NURSING/​OCC THER  517 Digital Health: Information and Technologies Supporting Consumers and Patients3
L I S 661 Information Ethics and Policy3
L I S/​LEGAL ST  663 Introduction to Cyberlaw3

Digital Media (M) Courses

COM ARTS 345 Online Communication and Personal Relationships3
COM ARTS 346 Critical Internet Studies3
COM ARTS 449 Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music3
COM ARTS 459 New Media and Society3
COM ARTS 472 Rhetoric and Technology3
COM ARTS 478 Rhetoric and Power on the Internet3
COM ARTS 509 Digital Media and Political Communication3
COM ARTS 547 Digital Game Cultures3
COM ARTS 577 Dynamics of Online Relationships3
ENGL 271 Writing with New Media3
ENGL 571 Remix, Mashup, and Digital Design3
JOURN 463 Digital Media Strategies4
JOURN 464 Public Relations Strategies4
JOURN 622 The Impact of Emerging Media3
JOURN/​L I S  677 Concepts and Tools for Data Analysis and Visualization3
L I S 340 Topics in Information Studies - Social Aspects3
L I S 350 History and Future of Books3
L I S/​NURSING/​OCC THER  517 Digital Health: Information and Technologies Supporting Consumers and Patients3
L I S 661 Information Ethics and Policy3
L I S/​LEGAL ST  663 Introduction to Cyberlaw3
LSC 350 Visualizing Science and Technology3
LSC 432 Social Media for the Life Sciences3
LSC 440 Contemporary Communication Technologies and Their Social Effects3
MARKETNG 355 Marketing in a Digital Age3

Digital Forms (F) Courses

ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms3
ART 428 Digital Imaging Studio4
ART 429 3D Digital Studio I4
ART 529 3D Digital Studio II4
ART 660 Art and Technology4
COM ARTS 155 Introduction to Digital Media Production4
COM ARTS 355 Introduction to Media Production4
COM ARTS 465 Editing and Post-production for Video and Film4
COM ARTS 467 Cinematography and Sound Recording4
COM ARTS 468 Producing for Internet TV and Video3
COM ARTS 651 Advanced Video Production and Direction3
COM ARTS 659 Advanced Motion Picture Production Workshop4
GEOG 370 Introduction to Cartography4
GEOG 572 Graphic Design in Cartography3-4
JOURN 411 Multimedia Design4
JOURN 417 Magazine Publishing4
JOURN/​L I S  677 Concepts and Tools for Data Analysis and Visualization3
LSC 332 Print and Electronic Media Design3
LSC 350 Visualizing Science and Technology3
LSC 450 Documentary Photography for the Sciences3
LSC 532 Web Design for the Sciences3

Digital Practices (P) Courses

ART 107 Introduction to Digital Forms3
ART 309 Digital Art and Code4
ART 409 Digital Fabrication Studio4
ART 428 Digital Imaging Studio4
ART 429 3D Digital Studio I4
ART 528 Digital Interactive Studio4
ART 529 3D Digital Studio II4
ART 660 Art and Technology4
COM ARTS 155 Introduction to Digital Media Production4
COM ARTS 355 Introduction to Media Production4
COM ARTS 449 Sound Cultures: Podcasting and Music3
COM ARTS 651 Advanced Video Production and Direction3
COM ARTS 465 Editing and Post-production for Video and Film4
COM ARTS 467 Cinematography and Sound Recording4
COM ARTS 468 Producing for Internet TV and Video3
COM ARTS/​FOLKLORE  522 Digitally Documenting Everyday Communication3
COM ARTS 659 Advanced Motion Picture Production Workshop4
COMP SCI 200 Programming I4
COMP SCI 202 Introduction to Computation3
COMP SCI 301 Introduction to Data Programming3
CURRIC 209 Digital Media and Literacy3
ENGL 271 Writing with New Media3
ENGL 571 Remix, Mashup, and Digital Design3
GEOG 370 Introduction to Cartography4
JOURN 411 Multimedia Design4
JOURN 417 Magazine Publishing4
JOURN 425 Video Journalism4
JOURN 445 Creative Campaign Messages4
JOURN 449 Account Planning and Strategy4
JOURN 463 Digital Media Strategies4
JOURN 464 Public Relations Strategies4
JOURN 670 Community Service Learning: Technology for Social Change3
L I S 301 Information Literacies in Online Spaces3
L I S 341 Topics in Information Studies - Technological Aspects1-3
L I S 351 Introduction to Digital Information3
L I S 500 Code and Power3
LSC 314 Introduction to Digital Video Production3
LSC 332 Print and Electronic Media Design3
LSC 360 Information Radio3
LSC 432 Social Media for the Life Sciences3
LSC 450 Documentary Photography for the Sciences3
LSC 532 Web Design for the Sciences3
LSC 614 Advanced Video Production3

Capstone

COM ARTS 605 Digital Studies Capstone 11

residence and quality of work

  • At least 9 Certificate credits in Residence
  • Minimum 2.000 GPA in all Certificate cousres

Certificate COMPLETION REQUIREMENT

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. To understand key theories and concepts related to digital studies and the historical context surrounding the creation of digital technologies.
  2. To gain familiarity with methods, concepts and tools needed to research and evaluate information related to digital studies.
  3. To think critically about how digital technologies work and their impact on society.
  4. To be able to create strategic communication content and self-expression using digital tools.
  5. To understand the professional and ethical principles related to the field of digital studies.

Digital studies academic advising

Students who would like to learn more about the certificate, declare, or go over requirements should meet with the digital studies advisor. Advising is by appointment and can be scheduled through Starfish. You can find more advising information on the Digital Studies website.

Contact Information

Amy Schultz, 6072 Vilas Hall, 608-262-2547, digitalstudies@commarts.wisc.edu

Career advising

The communication and media career advisor assists students with career preparation, such as exploring career options, learning internship and job search strategies, and writing resumes and cover letters.

Contact Information

Pam Garcia-Rivera, 5114 Vilas Hall, 608-890-1046, pgarciariver@wisc.edu

L&S career resources

SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students leverage the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and liberal arts degree; explore and try out different career paths; participate in internships; prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications; and network with professionals in the field (alumni and employers).  In short, SuccessWorks helps students in the College of Letters & Science discover themselves, find opportunities and develop the skills they need for success after graduation.

SuccessWorks can also assist students in career advising, résumé and cover letter writing, networking opportunities, and interview skills, as well as course offerings for undergraduates to begin their career exploration early in their undergraduate career. 

Students should set up their profiles in Handshake to take care of everything they need to explore career events, manage their campus interviews and apply to jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers around the country.

Please see the Digital Studies Certificate website for a list of certificate staff and committee members.

As an interdisciplinary certificate, students are encouraged to explore courses across disciplines and areas of interest. Once declared, students have access to unique and exciting courses where they not only study digital media, but learn to be savvy users and creators of digital media that they can use in their professional lives. Examples of work that students create include websites, videos, illustrations, posters, podcasts, and more.

Digital studies certificate students also have access to networking and alumni events featuring careers in digital media, internship and job opportunities emailed directly to them, technology resources through the Instructional Media Center, and design consulting services through DesignLab. Through advising, students receive tailored recommendations based on their interests and are encouraged to seek out ways to apply the knowledge they are learning in the classroom through involvement in student organizations, volunteering, and internships.