Digital Technology and Culture

DTC UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

The Digital Technology and Culture (DTC) program emphasizes creative production and critical exploration of digital technology across multiple contexts.

The program encourages creative research, scholarship, and production that invites critical perspectives, integrates diverse knowledge systems, and encompasses progressive and innovative uses of technology.

Students in DTC develop skills in web design, animation, graphic design, video production, augmented and virtual reality, and other emerging technology while integrating cultural, social, and historical perspectives, diverse methodologies, and inclusive frameworks.

RELATED FIELDS

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Video Production
  • Web Design
  • Writing

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PROGRAM OF STUDY

DTC Major Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Technology and Culture students must complete the WSU UCORE, the College of Arts & Sciences undergraduate requirements, and 39 credits in Digital Technology and Culture. In addition, two [M] (Writing in the Major) courses are required as a part of a student’s major coursework. We suggest using the DTC Major Checklist to keep track of academic progress.

DTC Minor Requirements

The Digital Technology and Culture minor requires 18 semester credits comprised of 5 required courses and 1 additional DTC course of the student’s choosing. A DTC minor can be declared after a student has completed 60 semester credits at Washington State University and declared their major.

Minor Requirements:

  • DTC 101: Introduction to Digital Technology & Culture
  • DTC 201: Tools and Methods for Digital Technology
  • DTC 336: Composition & Design
  • DTC 355: Multimedia Authoring: Exploring New Rhetorics
  • DTC 375: Language, Texts, & Technology
  • and one additional DTC course of the student’s choice

FRESHMAN

While the majority of students’ courses and credits are completed within the major, the UCORE curriculum provides courses that are the foundation basic skills that all WSU students must develop no matter their major.

The University Common Requirements (UCORE) is the center of the undergraduate curriculum and you will start taking these courses starting your first semester at WSU Tri-Cities. If you took AP, IB, or Running Start courses in high school, then you may already have met some of the requirements.

The UCORE curriculum is designed to be flexible enough to work for all majors. The program offers a wide variety of course choices and provides many individual pathways through the curriculum.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

TRANSFER

Transfer students who have completed an approved Associate of Arts and Science (DTA) degree at a Washington or Oregon community college will have fulfilled most of the lower-division UCORE requirements. Because students have to also meet the College of Arts & Sciences requirements, some students must take additional courses in a foreign language in order to complete the degree. Otherwise, transfer students will have their transcripts evaluated for UCORE requirements.

Use the transfer credit equivalency guide to learn how your credits will transfer.

If you are currently enrolled at Columbia Basin College and intend to transfer to WSU Tri-Cities, then check out our Bridges Program that provides a direct academic path.

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, must complete a minimum of 30 credits of WSU coursework and fill the major requirements to earn a second degree. UCORE requirements are not required as they are met by coursework from the first bachelor’s degree.

Not admitted yet? Talk with an Admissions Counselor and learn how easy it is to apply.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Undergraduate advising is a partnership between you, your professional advisor, and your faculty mentor and it goes beyond course selection. Whether you plan to enter the workforce or continue on to earn an advanced degree, your academic advisors and professional mentors will guide you toward that goal. This holistic approach ensures that you are engaged in your academic plan, connected to the campus community and resources, and earn your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet your advisor and get started on your academic path.

INTERNSHIPS

Liberal Arts Internship Programs offer an individualized, hands-on experience and is an ideal way to gain new skills and build your resume to stand out to potential employers.  Internships serve as a way to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problem solving and projects.

Prior to completing an online internship packet [link], you are required to meet with your faculty supervisor and the department’s faculty internship coordinator to discuss your internship project.   Once your online internship packet is approved, the packet will be submitted to your Academic Advisor, who will provide you with permission to self-enroll in the course.

CAREERS

The Digital Technology and Culture program is designed to give students flexibility in deciding their career path by shaping their coursework to fit their particular goals. You will be well prepared to embark on any number of careers in the exciting field of new media technologies, including writing, photography, social media and graphic design.

Graduates of WSU Tri-Cities leave campus fully ready to enter the workforce. The Career Development Office offers workshops on how to develop a job search strategy, write a compelling résumé and cover letter, and sharpen interview skills – all of which will help students land a job in today’s competitive market.

The Career Development Office posts on- and off-campus positions for student employees and also work with students to identify internships, cooperative work experience, and post-graduation career opportunities.

See how you can become career-ready with a major in DTC.

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Taylor Bierman

DTC Major

I chose to major in DTC with a concentration in Multimedia Authoring because I believe it’s an incredibly versatile major with immense potential for showcasing creativity. The major allows for everyone to give and receive feedback on their work, which I find really helpful when I am doing assignments. DTC really prepares students for working with people in the future, both clients and coworkers. My experience with DTC has been amazing. I continue to learn new things every day and expand my creative skills.

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Phillip Mudd

Career Track Assistant Professor
Digital Technology and Culture 

Phillip Mudd is a multi-media artist and photographer from Benton City, WA who has exhibited work throughout the United States and internationally. He is currently a Career Track Assistant Professor at Washington State University where he works in support of both the Fine Arts and Digital Technology & Culture programs. Phil’s work is informed by the curiosity that is the “everyday.” He is intrigued by the communities and social systems that encapsulate and influence the individual and culture of a region. Phil investigates the routine relations that are often disregarded. Chiefly project based, his research explores the commonality of life of the individual and collective, and the included and marginalized.

The DTC program at WSU Tri-Cities provides a more personal educational experience through small class sizes. Developing students that have strong understanding of the conceptual practices of design and the ability to apply those concepts through modes of production. The DTC program at WSU Tri-Cities encourages the exploration of digital technologies and culture and cultivates an informed and engaged practice for local and global communities.