2022: new major and certificate in digital arts offered at STU

St. Thomas University is thrilled to announce the offering of two new programs: the Major in Digital Media and Creative Arts, and the Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy.

“The Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy and the Interdisciplinary Major in Digital Media and Creative Arts are a way to more fully integrate the digital into the liberal arts at St Thomas University,” said Dr André Loiselle, Dean of Science human.

Loiselle said that as print has been replaced by digital as the dominant medium of our time, students’ ability to read, analyze and create with digital media has become essential.

“The skills students acquire while studying at St. Thomas should reflect the reality of the world around them. The purpose of the interdisciplinary certificate and major is precisely to provide students with the opportunity to fully embrace the digital liberal arts,” he said.

Major in Digital Media and Creative Arts

The Digital Media and Creative Arts program explores the relationship between digital media, the arts and society, and involves the examination of digital media and the creation of digital arts.

This interdisciplinary major draws on coursework from the departments of Communications and Public Policy, Journalism, Criminology, English, Sociology, Fine Arts, Human Rights, and Indigenous Studies, allowing for a wide range of study and the inclusion of a wide variety of courses and perspectives.

As digital platforms have become the primary vehicle for artistic expression and social communication, in an ever-changing media landscape, the demand for graduates with skills in digital content creation, video production, audio, written storytelling and in media literacy has increased.

“Our new major in Digital Media and Creative Arts will prepare students for careers in content creation, one of the fastest growing professional fields in North America. This new programming will also provide the essential storytelling skills taught in journalism and communications programs to students from other disciplines who may wish to pursue careers or studies in human rights, political science, law, in sociology or other fields,” said Professor Philip Lee, academic advisor for the new programme.

Digital Media and Creative Arts also offers hands-on learning opportunities, including internships, access to video, audio and editing materials, and the Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy.

“This major is more specifically aimed at students considering a career in the digital creative industries, ranging from mobile journalism, podcasting and video game design to digital music production and multimedia installations and performances,” said Loisel.

Many alumni have gone on to successful careers in these fields because of the strength of the digital work they accomplished at STU, he added.

“In the past, these students had to combine course groups based on their interests. This new major will provide these students with a more coherent and structured path towards their career goals.

Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy

The new Certificate in Digital and Media Literacy combines digital and media literacy courses with workshops and experiential learning to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge and apply conceptual understanding in real-world contexts.

This certificate can be completed concurrently with a Bachelor of Arts. To obtain the certificate, students must meet the following conditions:

  • Five courses in digital and media education
  • Attend two workshops organized by STU
  • Carry out a community micro-project or an internship

Upon earning the certificate, students will have their digital literacy progress recorded in an e-portfolio on Learning in Action, STU’s experiential learning platform.

“In addition to coursework, students who wish to complete the certificate will also have the opportunity to learn by doing, either through freelance digital projects, volunteering on community projects with a strong digital component, or doing internships with tech companies in the area,” Loiselle said.

“This certificate will enable students to introduce potential employers to the key skills they have acquired to participate productively in culture, society, economy, politics and the marketplace of ideas.”

Skills students will develop through these offerings include:

  • communicate effectively using digital technologies
  • read web content critically to assess the authenticity of information
  • understand, critique and use social media effectively
  • generate audiovisual material for artistic expression or dissemination of content on digital platforms
  • design web pages and organize web content
  • analyze, interpret and visualize data with digital tools
  • show some familiarity with coding and programming languages
  • understand the basics of cloud computing
  • grasp the meaning of emerging digital economy concepts such as cryptocurrency, blockchain and non-fungible token
  • be aware of concerns surrounding cybersecurity

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