New Media

University of California, Berkeley

About the Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in New Media program emphasizes the critical understanding and practice of new media through diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives. The certificate introduces students to the changing new media landscape that is transforming the way we think in the fields of art, technology, the humanities, and social sciences. Through critical thinking and making, our students learn to innovate as they question the impact of new media on the human experience and cultivate technological equity in our communities. The certificate is not an official program offered by Undergraduate Education and will not be noted on a student’s transcript.


AAPI Media Creatives Fellowship

Through our AAPI Media Creatives Fellowship, BCNM aims to transform both how entertainment careers are viewed by students, and how AAPI are viewed within the entertainment industry. Selected fellows will receive a summer stipend of $1,500 plus mentorship from industry professionals. 

Eugene Jarvis Scholarship for New Media Innovation

The Eugene Jarvis scholarship hopes to promote fearless innovation at UC Berkeley. Recognizing that education has become increasingly expensive and that students as a result are motivated to make educational decisions based on future job prospects, the Silicon Valley game designer and entrepreneur seeks to promote intellectual exploration through a scholarship that supports students with innovative design projects at the Center for New Media who show financial need.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Each semester we offer several undergraduate research fellowships. Selected students will have the opportunity to work closely with new media graduate students on dissertation-level research. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $1,000.


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Certificate Requirements

Core Class

Students should take a project-based undergraduate seminar in NWMEDIA with learning goals that will include new media theory, new media tools, prototyping, evaluation methods, and collaboration methods. Any NWMEDIA undergraduate course will count towards the core class. Students can also petition the academic committee to have a course that substantially deals with new media that they have taken in another department count towards fulfilling this requirement.

Currently, the BCNM offers the following undergraduate classes:

NWMEDIA R1BNew Media Reading and Composition4
NWMEDIA 39AFreshman Seminar in New Media1-4
NWMEDIA 90Introduction to New Media1-4
NWMEDIA 104Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation4
NWMEDIA 150ACNew Media and American Cultures4
NWMEDIA 151ACTransforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley4
NWMEDIA C166Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation4
NWMEDIA 190Special Topics in New Media1-4
NWMEDIA 191Special Topics in New Media1-4
NWMEDIA 197New Media Theory in Practice4
NWMEDIA 198Directed Group Study1-3

New Media Engagement

Experience new media beyond the classroom. By petition, students can have their own new media activities and events on campus and in the community count towards this requirement. Students can also help organize and manage a BCNM conference, lecture, hackathon, or workshop.

Graduate Class — choose option 1 or 2

Option 1: Enroll in a New Media Graduate-Level Course

Students will be challenged to think critically about new media in the graduate-level courses the BCNM offers. They will produce either a design project or a substantial paper depending on the class, showing their thorough appreciation for transformations in new media. Since these courses are intended for graduates, students will need to seek instructor approval to enroll in the class. Currently, the BCNM offers the following graduate courses:

NWMEDIA 200History and Theory of New Media4
NWMEDIA 201Questioning New Media3
NWMEDIA C203Critical Making4
NWMEDIA 204Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation4
NWMEDIA 205Locative Media4
NWMEDIA C262Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces4
NWMEDIA C265Interface Aesthetics3
NWMEDIA 290Special Topics in New Media1-4
NWMEDIA 291Topics in New Media1-4

Option 2: Produce a final project during an independent study on a new media topic

Students may enroll in an independent study with a BCNM faculty member to produce an extended paper or final project on a new media topic of their choice. Topics must be pre-approved by the BCNM Director. The paper should exhibit the student’s thorough command of new media concepts.

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Contact Information

Center for New Media

426 Sutardja Dai Hall

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Tom McEnaney

Associate Director

Lara Wolfe

Events Coordinator & Office Manager

Raphael Cohen

426 Sutardja Dai Hall

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