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 Core 9 hours
Choose at least 3 courses from this list (recommended):

AME 111 Introduction to Digital Culture

AME 112


AME 294 [*PROG*WEB*]

AME 294 Programming for Media Arts

AME/ART 294 Introduction to Interactive Environments


AME /ANP 394 How to Build a Digital Physical System

AME 385/AME 394 Collaborative Projects & Research I

AME 386/AME 394/AME 494 Collaborative Projects & Research II

AME 394 Motion Capture for Integrative Systems

AME 494 Integrated System Development for Digital Culture

AME 494 Programming for Social and Interactive Media (offered every other year)

AME 494 Animating Virtual Worlds (offered every other year)

AME 494 [*EXP*MED*]

AME 494 [*UNDER*AC T*]

AME/ART 494 Media Installations

ANP 394 Digital Fabrication

ANP 494 Designing Hybrid Spaces

ART 218 3D Tools

DCE 294 Hybrid Action: Physical Intelligence in Digital Culture

DSC 294 Media Editing

DSC 394 Digital Modeling

Digital Media 3 hours
Choose at least 3 hours from this list (recommended):

AME 494 Advanced Interactive Sound


ANP 494 Designing Hybrid Spaces

ANP 494 Design by Algorithm

ART 194 Digital Art and Culture (offered every other year)

ART 294 The Still Image in Digital Culture

ART 494 Visualization & Prototyping

FMP 294 Introduction to Animation


FMP 394 Non-Linear Editing

IAP 103 Foundations I: Interdisciplinary Digital Media (3)

IAP 104 Foundations I: Fundamentals of Sound Art (3)

MDC 211 Intro to Digital Sound

MDC 311 Composing and Performing for Hybrid Ensembles OR MUE 394 [*PERF*DIGI*]

Media Engineering 3 hours required
Select course from the following:

CSE 394 Data Structures, Analysis and Retrieval for Digital Culture

EEE 394 Signal Analysis for Digital Culture

GIT 335 Computer Systems Technology

Related Digital Culture/Historical and Theoretical Studies 3 hours required
Select course from the following:

ARE 494 [*DIG*ETH*VIR*] Digital Ethnography in Virtual Worlds

ASB 328 Rules, Games and Society

ASB 344 OR SOC 334 Technology and Society, L or SB (3)

ASB 430 Social Simulation

EDT 210 Games, Technology and Society (3)

ENG 394 [*DIG*C UL*]

ENG 394 [*C YBER*]

HDA 210 Creativity and Innovation in Design and the Arts (3) (Credit is allowed for only HDA 210 or 294 (Creativity & Innovation for Design and the Arts))

HDA 310 Socially Engaged Practice (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 42 hours; Credit is allowed for only HDA 310 or 494 (Public Practice: Engagement & Community))

IAP 102 Foundations I: Performance Techniques and Composition (3)

IAP 105 Foundations I: Fundamentals of Visual Art, CS (3)

MCO 435 Social Media

MGT 290 My Life Venture (3) (Credit is allowed for only MGT 290 or MGT 294 (My Life Venture) or WPC 294 (My Life Venture))

OMT 394 [*MARK*ANALY*] OR TEM 311 OMT 402

RDG 440 Computer Gaming, Learning, and Literacy (3)

THE 321 History of Theatre II, HU & H (3) (Prerequisites: THE 220 with C or better; THE 320 with C or better)

THP 352 Foundations of Arts Entrepreneurship (3) (Prerequisites: Herberger BA in the Arts student; HDA 210 or 294: Creativity and Innovation in Design and the Arts with C or better or Non- majors with minimum 42 hours)

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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