Digital Arts and Humanities Certificate and Minor

Pursuing Graduate Training in the Digital Arts & Humanities

The Digital Arts & Humanities certificate and minor programs are designed for students with little to no programming or technical experience who wish to acquire new competency in digital arts & humanities, as well as for students with a strong history in digital methods who wish to deepen its application to humanities scholarship or arts production. The certificate encourages a focus in one of three primary areas of scholarship and practice:

  • Digital creative activities (including fine arts, music composition, lighting, set and costume design, and dance)
  • Digital humanities scholarship and research dissemination (including database design, topic modeling and other algorithmic forms of textual analysis, TEI markup, heritage simulation and curation, museology, digital poetics)
  • Critical studies in the digital arts and humanities (including critical code studies, software studies, media studies, game studies, and studies in the relation of the digital to identitarian categories including gender, disability, ethnicity, race, etc).
  • How do I decide between the certificate and the minor?

    The minor provides an indication of broad mastery of digital arts & humanities methods for students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at the IUB campus.

    The certificate allows graduate students currently enrolled in either a master's or doctoral program on the IUB campus to specialize in one area of digital arts and humanities in addition to demonstrating full engagement with the cross-disciplinary nature of the digital arts and humanities. A capstone project provides a concrete demonstration of the technical and methods mastery gained throughout the course of the certificate.

  • Admission and course requirements for the minor

    Applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral program on the IUB campus. Applications for the minor in Digital Arts and Humanities take the form of a consultation with the program director, who will ordinarily serve as the minor advisor. The minor requires 13 hours of coursework, including:

    • IDAH 500 Survey of the Digital Arts and Humanities (1 cr.) or equivalent as approved by the program director.
      Students encounter a range of digital projects in progress across a breadth of disciplines on the University’s campus. Projects are contextualized via critical readings and under-the-hood explorations of each project's digital affordances and computational processes.
    • Z657 Digital Humanities (3 cr.) or an equivalent three-credit introduction to digital arts & humanities methods as approved by the program director.
      An introduction to the digital humanities and/or the digital arts orients students in the ways humanist scholarship or artistic activity has made use of digital platforms and new-media environments more generally.
    • Three electives (9 cr.) selected in consultation with the program director and advisory committee and tailored to the student's disciplinary and career objectives. One of these must also fulfill the DAH certificate's digital-technology requirement.

    These requirements may be modified in particular cases by the program director.

  • Admissions and course requirements for the certificate

    Applicants must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program on the IUB campus. Applications for the certificate and minor will be considered by the Program Advisory Committee once each semester. Applicants must submit a statement describing their background and interests in the arts and humanities, digital/technical expertise, and how their research agendas would be advanced by participating in the certificate program.

    The certificate requires a minimum of 19 hours of coursework in the digital arts and humanities, distributed as follows:

    • IDAH 500 Survey of the Digital Arts and Humanities (1 cr.) or equivalent as approved by the program director.
      Students encounter a range of digital projects in progress across a breadth of disciplines on the University’s campus. Projects are contextualized via critical readings and under-the-hood explorations of each project's digital affordances and computational processes.
    • Z657 Digital Humanities (3 cr.) or an equivalent three-credit introduction to digital arts & humanities methods as approved by the program director.
      An introduction to the digital humanities and/or the digital arts orients students in the ways humanist scholarship or artistic activity has made use of digital platforms and new-media environments more generally.
    • One elective in digital technology (3-4 cr.), This hands-on technical requirement may be waived by the program director for students with prior programming experience, in which case students will choose an additional elective for their concentration.
    • Three certificate-concentration electives (9 cr.) selected in consultation with the program director and advisory committee and tailored to the student's disciplinary and career objectives. The certificate encourages a focus in one of three primary areas of scholarship and practice:
      • Digital creative activities (including fine arts, music composition, lighting, set and costume design, and dance)
      • Digital humanities scholarship and research dissemination (including database design, topic modeling and other algorithmic forms of textual analysis, TEI markup, heritage simulation and curation, museology, digital poetics)
      • Critical studies in the digital arts and humanities (including critical code studies, software studies, media studies, game studies, and studies in the relation of the digital to identitarian categories including gender, disability, ethnicity, race, etc).
    • IDAH 700 Digital Arts and Humanities Project (3 cr.) This course is a workshop for students preparing their digital thesis project. The course will guide students in preparing each component of the project, including a proposal, an environmental scan, a prototype, and a critical reflection on the finished submission.
  • Elective courses

    In addition to IDAH500, Z657 and IDAH700, faculty offer a number of elective courses for the minor and certificate across three schools on the Bloomington campus.

    Courses marked with a * meet the digital-technology requirement for both the certificate and the minor.

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  • Grades

    Courses in which a student receives less than a B (3.0) will not count toward the certificate or the minor.