Visual literacy is becoming increasingly essential in this digital era. The 18-credit Certificate in Digital Media will help you understand the power of visual images to communicate with audiences. In addition, it will provide inspiration to conceive of these images and how to manipulate technology to bring these images to life, all within the context of traditional and emerging media careers. Students have the opportunity to take courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and participate in a unique internship with Pitt Panther TV.
Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for courses.
This certificate is applicable to such fields as interactive online training; 3-D animation; electronic catalogs; DVDs for sales, marketing, or training purposes; multimedia businesses; and general e-commerce.
To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your academic advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your academic advisor for the application filing form and deadline, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.
Many courses are offered in the evenings and at off-campus locations. Not all courses are offered every term. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted. Please check course descriptions for prerequisites.
For the course schedule and descriptions of most undergraduate classes offered by the College of General Studies, the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Business Administration, visit www.as.pitt.edu/undergraduate. For Pittsburgh Filmmakers courses, visit http://pfm.pittsburgharts.org/course-listing.
COMMRC 0320 Mass Communication Process
COMMRC 1122 Media Criticism
ENGFLM 0355 Visual Literacy or ENGFLM 0401 Introduction to Visual Culture
Choose three of the courses listed below. A maximum of six credits may be taken from Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
COMMRC 1105 Television and Society
ENGCMP 0520 Integrating Writing and Design
ENGCMP 0610 Composing Digital Media
ENGCMP 1112 Professional Uses of Social Media
ENGFLM 0400 Introduction to Film
ENGFLM 1390 Contemporary Film
ENGFLM 1485 Film and Politics
ENGFLM 1683 Documentary Film
ENGLIT 0354 Words and Images
ENGLIT 0550 Introduction to Popular Culture
ENGWRT 0650 Readings in Journalism: Reading and Writing the Digital Landscape
ENGWRT 1377 Media Literacy: Reading and Writing in the Digital World
HAA 0010 Introduction to World Art
HAA 0470 Photography and Art
PSY 1050 Topics in Psychology: Psychology of the Media
PS 1836 Politics Through Film
SA 0110 Visual Thinking
SA 0130 Foundation Drawing
SA 1270 Digital Imaging
Completion of two of the three required courses is necessary before registration for Pittsburgh Filmmakers courses will be permitted. Pittsburgh Filmmakers courses are designated by a (PF) below. A maximum of two courses may be taken from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. FILMST 0001 Motion Picture Fundamentals is a prerequisite to all other Pittsburgh Filmmakers courses.
FILMST 0001 Filmmaking 1: Fundamentals (Motion Picture Fundamentals)
FILMST 0120 Photography 1 (Basic Digital Photography)
FILMST 0151 Web Design 1 (Introduction to Web Design)
FILMST 0245 Photo Editing 1 (Photoshop Foundations)
FILMST 0400 Post-Production 1 (Introduction to Digital Editing)
FILMST 0410 Photography 3 (Advanced Digital Photography)
FILMST 0420 Post-Production 2 (Advanced Digital Editing Techniques)
FILMST 0601 Filmmaking 2: Sight and Sound (Video Production I)
FILMST 0610 Digital Effects 1 (Digital Effects and Compositing)
FILMST 1600 Filmmaking 3: Story to Screen (Video Production II)
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.