Pitt-Johnstown offers a new major in Multimedia and Digital Culture (MMDC). Within this dynamic, evolving field, our program focuses on developing students abilities at the interdisciplinary intersections of the Humanities and Digital Technology. It explores the emerging field that capitalizes on electronic media, new media, digital humanities, and creative media.
The Multimedia and Digital Culture major engages students in the latest, most innovative human-computer interactions within a curricular framework that also emphasizes effective communication skills and the theoretical and philosophical context of our world’s digital culture.
Any digital studies program contains both “born” digital media (artifacts formed through the use of code) and digitized media (objects converted from print or analog forms into digital forms). Students in some of our current digital courses are already studying and producing born digital media while others are exploring the uses of digitized media. A few examples will illustrate what our students are currently doing in the digital courses we offer:
As these examples show, students in our MMDC courses are already doing the sort of work that emphasizes dynamic multi-modal communication (both writing and speaking) within a digital environment, preparing them for post-graduate careers in this emerging field.
Any student admitted to Pitt-Johnstown is eligible to declare a major in Multimedia and Digital Culture. Students can declare the major upon admission to the University or can switch from another major to MMDC by visiting the Humanities Division Office and completing a “Change of Major” form. Each student will immediately be assigned a Humanities advisor who teaches in the MDC program.