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

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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