Digital Arts and Humanities

The University of British Columbia, which offers a Masters and PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities, defines the subject thus: “Using digital technologies to explore questions central to the arts and humanities; applying arts and humanities frameworks to digital tools and technologies”. Elaborating it says “Digital Humanities, broadly speaking, refers to “the nexus of fields within which scholars use computing technologies to investigate the kinds of questions that are traditional to the humanities…or ask traditional humanities-oriented questions about computing technologies” (Fitzpatrick). Similarly, Digital Arts is a highly integrated practice combining strong theoretical frameworks with specific acts of making in graphic design, digital photography, digital video and audio editing, web design, 2D and 3D animation, digital writing, and mobile application development. Combining the two fields in one degree facilitates dialogue between creative and humanistic studies — a conversation that is central to the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies”. (https://gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca/igs/digital-arts-humanities/).

MA in Digital Arts & Humanities at UCC, Ireland, combines theory and practice. As the site describes, “The course will give you a grounding in how information and communications technology (ICT) tools can be used to capture humanities data sources in digital form to frame research questions, collaborate on research using social networking tools, and present results, both in print and online. You will be encouraged to and facilitated in the creation of digital artefacts individually and in teams” (https://www.ucc.ie/admin/registrar/calendar/postgraduate/Masters/arts/page102.html). Naturally, you can do a PhD.

The University of British Columbia’s College of Graduate Studies also offers an MA in Digital Arts & Humanities and a PhD “Using digital technologies to explore questions central to the arts and humanities; applying arts and humanities frameworks to digital tools and technologies”, (https://gradstudies.ok.ubc.ca/igs/digital-arts-humanities/).

The MTU Crawford Department of Arts in Health & Education has some interesting offerings (https://crawford.cit.ie/). It offers an MA in Art and Process. Explaining the choice of ‘Process’, it says: ”The concept of process is understood in a variety of ways: as material exploration and the engagement with medium and technique; as theoretical investigation and systems of enquiry without resolved or object-based endpoints; as innovative models of art distribution, including the possibilities of working outside traditional sites of art production and reception”, (https://crawford.cit.ie/courses/art-and-process/). And there is a MA in Art Therapy, which “leads to a professional qualification to practise Art Therapy in the form of therapeutic intervention with a wide variety of client groups. On completion graduates can register with the professional body for the Creative Therapies in Ireland, IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists)”, (https://crawford.cit.ie/courses/art-therapy/). Trinity College in Dublin offers an MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture. As it explains, “Many of the biggest questions in our world today can only be answered by drawing on knowledge of both culture and technology. Trinity’s MPhil in Digital Humanities and Culture prepares its students to take on these questions in a wide variety of contexts, whether they want to deepen their understanding of a humanities subject through data mining and visualisation; explore the virtual transmission of culture and heritage by and beyond museums, libraries and archives; or join the movement to make technology development more human”, (https://www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az/course.php?id=DPTLL-DHCU-2F09).

You may also look at The Open University in the UK for a variety of courses (http://www.openuniversity.edu/). Similarly, examine the offerings from the European Association of Digital Humanities (https://eadh.org/news/category/courses).

King’s College, London, offers a Digital Humanities MA which “brings digital theory and practice to the study of human culture: from history, English and music to museums, digital publishing and more.

Digital technology provides many new opportunities and challenges to those working with textual, visual or multimedia content. Using critical theory, case studies and hands-on project-based exercises, our course studies the history and current state of digital knowledge production, exploring theoretical and practical challenges in modelling, curating, analysing and interpreting digital representations of human culture in all its forms, past and present.

Leads to careers in cultural heritage, publishing and web- based businesses” (https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/digital-humanities-ma)Lancaster University also offers a similar Digital Humanities MA (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/digital-humanities-ma/).

The University of Alberta offers an MA in Digital Humanities (https://www.ualberta.ca/media-technology-studies/programs/digital-humanities/index.html).

The Australian National University offers a Digital Humanities Masters according to which “Digital Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study located at the intersection of humanities scholarship and computational technologies. Its key purpose is to investigate how digital methodologies can be used to enhance and transform research in the Arts and Social Sciences. It also employs traditional humanistic skills to analyse modern digital artefacts and to scrutinise contemporary digital culture” (https://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/2021/major/dihu-maj).