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.
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 R1B||New Media Reading and Composition||4|
|NWMEDIA 39A||Freshman Seminar in New Media||1-4|
|NWMEDIA 90||Introduction to New Media||1-4|
|NWMEDIA 150AC||New Media and American Cultures||4|
|NWMEDIA 151AC||Transforming Tech: Issues and Interventions in STEM and Silicon Valley||4|
|NWMEDIA C166||Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation||4|
|NWMEDIA 190||Special Topics in New Media||1-4|
|NWMEDIA 191||Special Topics in New Media||1-4|
|NWMEDIA 198||Directed Group Study||1-3|
New Media Engagement
Help organize and manage a BCNM conference, lecture, hackathon, or workshop. Students will have the opportunity to interact extensively with new media faculty and will be immersed in the subject. By petition, students can also have their own new media activities and events on campus count towards this requirement. These applications will be considered by the executive committee.
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 200||History and Theory of New Media||4|
|NWMEDIA 201||Questioning New Media||3|
|NWMEDIA 202||New Media Methods||3|
|NWMEDIA C203||Critical Making||4|
|NWMEDIA 204||Critical Practices: People, Places, Participation||4|
|NWMEDIA 205||Locative Media||4|
|NWMEDIA C262||Theory and Practice of Tangible User Interfaces||4|
|NWMEDIA C263||Technologies for Creativity and Learning||3|
|NWMEDIA C265||Interface Aesthetics||3|
|NWMEDIA 290||Special Topics in New Media||1-4|
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.