Doctor of Philosophy with a Major in Digital Media
The Digital Media PhD was inaugurated in fall 2004 and is one of the first of its kind worldwide. The program educates research-oriented theorists/practitioners who bring the traditions of the humanities and arts to the design of digital media. The program provides the theoretical and practical foundations for research and leadership careers in academia and industry, critically engaging with the design, use, and role of digital media in culture.
Graduates of the program are prepared to work in industry, public service, and universities, shaping the emerging digital genres and expanding our understanding and mastery of the representational power of the computer.
The PhD program accepts 3-5 new candidates each year.
For more information visit: http://dm.lmc.gatech.edu/program/phd-program/
All PhD programs must incorporate a standard set of Requirements for the Doctoral Degree.
The core curriculum is designed to cover three fundamental areas:
- critical history, theory, and practice of using of computing technologies for expressive purposes
- advanced principles of interaction design
- applied research methods in digital media
|Foundational and Required Courses
|The Computer as an "Expressive Medium"
|Principles of Interaction Design
|Historical Approaches to Digital Media
|Discovery & Invention
|Project Studio (repeat 2 times) 1
|Digital Media Master's Project
|or LMC 7000
|Digital Media Master's Thesis
|Proseminar in Media Theory 1
|Proseminar in Digital Media Studies 1
|Doctoral dissertation in Digital Media 1
|Minor Concentration 2,3
|Select five of the following: 4
|Visual Culture and Design
|Design, Technology & Representation
|Design of Networked Media
|Intellectural Property Policy and Law
|Edu Applications New
|Issues in Media Studies
|Globalization and New Media
|Architecture of Responsive Spaces
|PhD Qualifying Prep (variable credit)
|Special Topics in Digital Media (repeatable)
|Advanced Issues in Interactive Narrative (repeatable)
|Special Topics in Game Design and Analysis
|Special Problems in Human-Computer Interaction
|Special Topics in Technologies of Representation (repeatable)
|PhD Doctoral Prep
|Total Credit Hours
These courses are not open to waiver or substitution. Other courses may be substituted with equivalent previous work or alternate courses. Students should consult their advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies to determine the appropriate individual course of study.
Three related courses outside of the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. These courses may be in other Schools of the Ivan Allen College, or in colleges or interdisciplinary fields of the Institute. Examples of a minor concentration in Computer Science: CS 6750, CS 6460, CS 6470.
This requirement must be certified by filing a form signed by the DGS with the Georgia Tech graduate office. The form is available online at http://www.gradadmiss.gatech.edu/theses-dissertations.
Elective courses from other academic units may be substituted with approval of the DGS.