Digital Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Digital Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DIGI), enables students to develop knowledge of digital technologies and their role in society and culture.
Students will learn to apply digital tools and methods in their studies, and develop a critical understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the digital world and our knowledge economy (including ethical issues related to information technology). Using digital tools in the study of humanities and social science prepares students to think critically about technology in society broadly, and offers essential skills for success in today’s digital workplace.
- UC is the only Aotearoa New Zealand university where you can specialise in the rapidly growing area of Digital Humanities. As well as the DIGI minor, we offer honours and postgraduate certificate programmes, and supervise internships with a digital focus.
- A key part of the DIGI programme is the Arts Digital Lab, where our specialist team offer support for digital projects, skills training, and placements for summer scholars and internship students. The Arts Digital Lab has developed many successful projects, most notably the UC CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive.
- The Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities programme is co-taught by staff from Digital Humanities, Computer Science, HIT Lab NZ | Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau, and a variety of specialty subjects in the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata, and include tutorials with interactive technologies such as robotics and 3D printing.
Prior study in english, media studies, computer science, or history at school is helpful – but the best background is simply an interest in digital culture, technology, and ideas that shape the digital world.
The 100-level course DIGI 101 Working in a Digital World offers an introduction as to how computers work and how they interface with the other key part of the computer system – the person.
DIGI 102 Computers, Artificial Intelligence and the Information Society looks at the use of computers within organisations and society, the history of computing and the information society, and introduces the logic of artificial intelligence.
DIGI 125 Music Technologies 1 develops knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and the fundamentals of using computers for digital sampling, mixing, and editing.
200-level and beyond
Courses challenge students to critically assess digital cultures, and their relationship to them. Students explore the history and theory of digital literary studies, engage with digital tools they might not have experienced before, and consider how a range of digital tools enable, restrict, and/or undermine their role as citizens.
Students also have the opportunity to apply skills acquired through academic study to a project designed by a local company or community group in an Aotearoa New Zealand context.
UC Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities students have the opportunity to engage in work-integrated experiences throughout their studies, where they learn how to scope and manage a project, collaborate in teams, manage stakeholders, and communicate effectively; all attributes that are highly valued in knowledge workers.
Graduates with digital practice experience have a blend of transferable and 21st century applied skills; making them well-suited to work in all new media and digital industries, but especially ones requiring a blend of analytical and technical aptitude.
Graduates are candidates for work in research, relationship management, business analysis within the creative and cultural heritage sector, digital archiving, project management, and the mainstream (non-digital) creative and cultural heritage sectors. You will be particularly suited to policy analyst positions related to technology and culture, and any position that requires communication across technical and non-technical teams.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.
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College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
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