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St. Thomas College is worked up to announce the providing of two new applications: the most important in Digital Media and Inventive Arts, and the Certificates in Digital and Media Literacy.

“The Certificates in Digital and Media Literacy and the interdisciplinary main in Digital Media and Inventive Arts are a method to extra totally combine the digital into the liberal arts at St Thomas College,” mentioned Dr. André Loiselle, Dean of Humanities.

Loiselle mentioned as print has been changed by digital because the prevalent medium of our time, the flexibility for college kids to learn, analyze, and create with digital media has turn out to be important.

“The abilities college students hone throughout their training at St. Thomas ought to mirror the truth of the world round them.  The aim of the certificates and the interdisciplinary main is exactly to supply college students with a chance to totally embrace the digital liberal arts,” he mentioned.

Main in Digital Media and Inventive Arts 

The Digital Media and Inventive Arts program explores the connection between digital media, the humanities, and society, and entails the examination of digital media and the creation of digital arts.

This interdisciplinary main attracts on programs from the Communications and Public Coverage, Journalism, Criminology, English, Sociology, Positive Arts, Human Rights, and Native Research departments, permitting for a broad vary of examine and inclusion of all kinds of programs and views.

As digital platforms have turn out to be the principle conduit for inventive expression and social communication, amidst an ever-changing media panorama, the demand for graduates with expertise in digital content material creation, video-production, audio, and written storytelling and media literacy has elevated.

“Our new main in Digital Media and Inventive Arts will put together college students for careers in content material creation, one of many quickest rising skilled areas in North America. This new programming may even permit the important storytelling expertise taught within the Journalism and Communications applications to be supplied to college students in different disciplines who might want to pursue careers or research in human rights, political science, regulation, sociology or different fields,” mentioned Professor Philip Lee, school advisor for the brand new program.

Digital Media and Inventive Arts additionally supplies hands-on studying alternatives together with internships, entry to video, audio and modifying gear, and the Certificates in Digital and Media Literacy.

“This main is extra particularly for college kids who’re considering a profession within the digital inventive industries, starting from cell journalism, podcasting and online game design to digital music manufacturing and multimedia installations and performances,” Loiselle mentioned.

Many former college students have gone on to have profitable careers in these fields as a result of energy of the digital work they completed at STU, he added.

“Prior to now, these college students needed to carry collectively clusters of programs based mostly on their pursuits. This new main will present such college students with a extra coherent and structured pathway in direction of their profession objectives.”

Certificates in Digital and Media Literacy

The brand new Certificates in Digital and Media Literacy combines programs in digital and media literacy with workshops and experiential studying to provide college students the chance to realize information and apply conceptual understanding in real-world settings.

This certificates could be accomplished similtaneously a Bachelor of Arts. To earn the certificates, college students should full the next:

  • 5 Digital and Media Literacy programs
  • Attend two STU-organized workshops
  • Full a neighborhood micro-project or internship

Via finishing the certificates, college students will see their development in digital literacy recorded in an e-portfolio on Studying in Motion, STU’s experiential studying platform.

“Along with programs, college students who wish to full the Certificates may even be given an opportunity to study by doing, both via impartial digital tasks, volunteering on community-based tasks with a powerful digital part, or internships with tech firms within the area,” Loiselle mentioned.

“This Certificates will allow college students to showcase to potential employers the important thing expertise they’ve acquired to productively take part in tradition, society, economic system, politics, and {the marketplace} of concepts.”

Expertise college students will develop via these choices embody:

  • talk successfully utilizing digital applied sciences
  • learn web-based content material critically to guage the authenticity of knowledge
  • perceive, critique and use social media successfully
  • generate audiovisual materials for inventive expression or content material diffusion on digital platforms
  • design webpages and curate internet content material
  • analyze, interpret, and visualize knowledge with digital instruments
  • present some familiarity with coding and programming languages
  • understanding the fundamentals of Cloud computing
  • grasp the which means of emergent digital economic system ideas reminiscent of cryptocurrency, blockchain and non-fungible token
  • concentrate on issues surrounding cybersecurity