Digital Media or New Media are the technical methods and social practices of communication, representation, and expression that have developed using the digital, multimedia, and networked computer. Digital media have transformed work in other media (books, movies, telephones, television) as well as given rise to entirely new media (computer games and the Internet for example).
The curriculum aims to provide a foundation in the following areas:
- The computational basis for the creation of digital media imagery and sound, including animation and the simulation of 3D environments.
- The theoretical, artistic, aesthetic and experiential ideas that lie behind an informed understanding of the aesthetic aspects of digital media creation.
- The practice of creating digital media works that explore the ways in which culture is produced and can be produced through technology.
- The broader socio-cultural effects and the theory and research concerning responses to and uses of digital media.
This is a multidisciplinary BA Specialised Honours degree program that requires an approximately equal number of courses from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Fine Arts Cultural Studies Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts. There are also a few courses required from the Communication Studies program of the Division of Social Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LA & PS).