Digital 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, while understanding 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 Te Pokapū Aronui ā-Matihiko | UC 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 Humanities programme is co-taught by staff from Digital Humanities, Computer Science, Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau | HIT Lab NZ, and a variety of specialty subjects in Te Rāngai Toi Tangata | College of Arts, and includes 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.
Digital Humanities minor
Students complete these courses throughout their chosen degree for the Digital Humanities minor:
- DIGI 101 Working in a Digital World
- 60 points of 100 to 300-level DIGI courses, with at least 45 points at 200-level or above
Students may include one PACE internship course in their minor studies, with approval from the Programme Coordinator.
UC Digital 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 can find 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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