College of Liberal Arts, Department of English

Digital Technology & Culture



Announcing DTC COURSES for Fall 2015

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Note: Summer 2015 includes DTC 201, 335, and 355 along with 475 (offered by American Studies, so content may vary somewhat from what is described here)


DTC 101 [ARTS]: Introduction to Digital Technology and Culture
NOTE: For any students certified after Spring 2015, this course will serve as a prerequisite to DTC 356 and 375 (students certified before Fall 2015 will be grandfathered into old system).
Students will explore the origins, theories, forms, applications, and impact of digital media with a focus on authoring and critiquing multimodal texts.  Students will complete the following types of assignments:

  1. Design Project: Investigate the design properties of an object; propose a redesign of the object in the form of a short story or infomercial; reflect on your process
  2. Data Project: Design a database to classify items in a collection, such as music, film, or art.
  3. Social Media Project: The goal of this social media project is to put a creative idea into action that brings people together. The project must be collaborative in nature, incorporating not only the ideas and contributions of the group members, but of campus strangers in the local community as well.

DTC 201 [ARTS]: Tools and Methods for Digital Technology
Students will be introducted to the tools and methods of production for multimedia authoring in digital contexts. Over the course of the semester there will be eight assignments focusing on different aspects of digital media, including:

  1. Adobe Photoshop: Scaling images, resolution, image formats, bitmap graphics, layers, etc.
  2. Adobe Illustrator: Paths, scaling and manipulating images, grouping, vector graphics.
  3. Adobe InDesign: Typesetting, exporting files, book elements.
  4. HTML: Document markup, validation, text editing, how the web works.
  5. CSS: Styling HTML documents, layout, type, color.
  6. Audio: Capturing audio, editing, working with a timeline.
  7. Video: Basic video editing and manipulation.
  8. Project Management: Storyboarding, wireframes, conceptual development.


DTC 335: Digital Animation: Story, Narration and Production
This hands-on course teaches 3D digital animation for creative and professional presentations using Maya software, art skills, story-telling and team problem-solving techniques. Students will produce an animation short.

DTC 336: Composition & Design
Composition & Design introduces the fundamental elements and principles of design for the two-dimensional surface at a beginning to intermediate level. Students will use Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign to create such designs as logos, posters, and icons.

DTC 338.01: Advanced Composition & Design
Prereq: DTC 336
Advanced Composition & Design reviews the fundamental elements of 2D design—such as shape, line, texture, color, and typography—and engages them at an intermediate to advanced level.

DTC 354: Digital Storytelling
Digital Storytelling introduces the skills and techniques used to tell stories in the digital environment. Students will explore the foundational elements of narrative such as character, dialogue, setting, and plot; will be introduced to techniques that support storytelling in the digital environment such as light and color, sound, composition, and linear editing; and will use these foundational elements and techniques to create two original, multimedia projects using a variety of digital technologies including sound and video.

DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring
Our goal throughout this course is to answer the question: what makes for an effective multimodal text? We will examine how meaning is construed through the use of images, sounds, arrangements, colors, shapes, sizes, movement, and fonts. We will analyze the ways rhetors construct multimodal texts, and we will also create our own multimodal texts including websites, videos, and an informational campaign.

DTC 356: Rhetoric of Information
This class explores the cultural, legal, economic, political, and social roles of information. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which the self and society shape and are shaped by our changing information networks, and we will look at the structures of those networks. Throughout the course, we will work to understand the function and limits of rhetoric in an age of information. Students will read, write reading responses, participate in in-class discussion, and complete a final multimodal remix project.

DTC 375: Language, Texts, and Technologies
Students will study “the relationship between technology, communication, and writing practices.” We will look specifically at the rise of print culture, visual rhetoric, and digital publishing. Students will read, write responses, participate in in-class discussion, give presentations, and complete a final project.

DTC 435: Advanced Animation
Prereq: DTC 335
Starting with the history of 2D and 3D graphics and proceeding into the developments of the past decade, students in this course will explore trends and methods for creating and working three-dimensionally. The structure of the class will be a combination of seminar and lab/studio. The major activity of the semester will be problem solving through collaborative animation production.

DTC 475: Digital Diversity
Students will explore historical, rhetorical, and cultural understandings of digital space, looking specifically at the intersections of race, class, gender, dis/ability, and sexuality. Students will read, write responses, participate in in-class discussion, give presentations, and complete a final written or multimedia project.

DTC 477: Advanced Multimedia Authoring
Prereq: DTC355
In this course we will be working toward developing and designing web sites that thoughtfully engage audiences through both their aesthetic and technological approach. We will spend a good deal of time familiarizing ourselves with the basic workings of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript — the building blocks of all web sites — and how these technologies are combined and delivered to your web browser. We will also learn about web standards, usability, accessibility, and media formats used on the web, as well as exploring the tools used in web development including Adobe Photoshop, text editors, and others.



DTC featured in College of Arts and Sciences Newsletter

The DTC Program and DTC alum are prominently featured in this month's CAS Newsletter, Connect.

2013/14 Certification Changes

The process for certifying has changed as of August 2014. To learn more, visit the Certification page.


Professor Arola away for Spring 2013

DTC Director Kristin Arola will be on sabbatical for Spring 2013. Direct DTC questions to Academic Advisor Leisa McCormick or to DTC Associate Director Rebecca Goodrich.


Spring 2013 Certification

Certification applications are due February 22, 2013. For more information on certifying as a DTC major, visit the Certification page.


Fall 2011 Advising for Spring 2012

Advising season is upon us. Please do one, or both, of the following: Attend DTC Advising Night (Tuesday, 10/25 @ 5pm in the Bundy) and/or set up an appointment with DTC Advisor, Leisa McCormick. To set up an appointment, please call or email Diane Curewitz at 335-2581 or Advising times are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. The department office is closed from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Please come to the appointment with a suggested list of courses, including several alternate choices.


Signing up for Spring 2012 DTC courses

Budget cuts have affected the number of courses we are able to offer, and courses will fill up more quickly than in years past. Therefore, it is important to attend Advising Night to find out information and updates that will help you plan your schedule and have you ready to register at your appointed time. As usual, you will only be able to register for some DTC courses by adding your name to the wait list. You can add your name to a wait list during our advising meeting or by contacting Leisa McCormick at Please include your 1) your student ID, 2) your completed credit hours, and 3) the course(s)and section you want.



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