Two Computational Media, Arts & Culture certificate programs — one for graduate students, one for undergraduates — are offered through the Information Science + Studies (ISS) Program.
The purpose of the ISS graduate certificate in Computational Media, Arts & Cultures is to offer an interdisciplinary program at the graduate level that focuses on the study and creation of new information technologies and the analysis of their impact on art, culture, science, medicine, commerce, society, policy, and the environment. The program is designed for master’s and doctoral students wishing to complement their primary disciplinary focus with an interdisciplinary certificate in CMAC. The goal of the certificate is to broaden the scope of the typical disciplinary PhD program and to engage the student in related research.
The graduate certificate is not intended to provide a disciplinary canon but rather to develop a structured set of transdisciplinary skills and resources for exploring new areas of academic research and teaching. As such, the CMAC graduate certificate does not lead students down an existing path of traditional academic research but rather provides them with the means for expanding the scope of their main disciplinary focus by creating new paths of their own.
This ISS certificate program offers students an interdisciplinary approach to study the nature of information and its impact on art, culture, science, business, society, and the environment. ISS helps students fill the gap between current academic training and the increasing demand in all professions for a broad understanding of the legal, social, philosophical, computational, cultural, and aesthetic issues concerning information technology and other related innovations. The program’s integrated curriculum combines topics and practices including information management; photonics and visualization; multimedia design; virtual reality, virtual worlds and games, issues of security, privacy, and property; and the history of science and technology.