Digital Culture



The digital culture concentration in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts focuses on the creative exploration of how new media is influencing our culture, or rather, the way we live, learn, create and communicate. The digital culture concentration allows students to enhance their program of study with integrated, interdisciplinary training in creative processes and technical skills in new media with cultural applications. The curriculum is outcomes-based rather than course sequence based. The curriculum uses an innovative proficiency-based network to connect courses across academic disciplines, instead of traditional methods such as course prerequisites. Proficiencies in the curriculum identify common generalized learning outcomes across disciplines participating in the initiative.


  • A student must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 to be eligible to pursue the concentration
  • A minimum grade of a "C" (2.00) or higher and an overall GPA of 3.00 is required in all classes in the concentration
  • Students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • Credit hours for courses numbered 294, 394 and 494 vary by topic. Consult the class search for topics offered and credit hours designated for the semester for which you are considering.
  • Students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered. Information on course offerings for this concentration can be found at:

Digital culture studies 9 hours

AME 111 / AME 194 Introduction to Digital Culture, CS (3) 
AME 230 Programming for the Media Arts (3)
And a third additional digital culture elective courses chosen from the list
NOT From AME 484, 485, 486, 492, 493, 494 [*CONF*WATE*CLIM*]

Digital Media - Media Arts and Design 6 hours
Related Digital Culture or Historical/Theoretical 3

 For a list of digital culture courses, please visit:

Capstone Experience 3 hours

Internship, thesis or independent research project. Final synthesis project. Determined in consultation with faculty mentor. Many projects will be team based and embedded in real life settings.

AME 485 Digital Culture Capstone I


Course Substitution and Advanced Standing

Students with extensive media arts, media design, media computing or media engineering skills can petition for 3 credit hours of advanced standing covering the media arts/or media engineering requirement of the concentration.

Since the digital culture courses are highly specialized interdisciplinary courses, all courses must be ASU credit. Students in the Digital Culture concentration can petition to replace up to 6 hours (maximum 3 credits per each section in the concentration) of coursework with other courses at ASU related to digital culture work. This may be achieved through courses offered by any unit at ASU including the Downtown, Polytechnic, and West (IAP) campuses, and the FMS program on the Tempe Campus. Courses may include any of the substitution list or courses with comparable content. For a complete list of course substitution options, go to






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