Digital Art and Information 

Through this new and innovative program, students acquire the tools, knowledge, and skills to work at the intersection of digital arts and information to design information environments for our global digital world from museums, libraries, archives to digital environments for learning, interaction and participation. With a 75-credit dual-degree (only 15 credits more than Pratt's 60-credit M.F.A.) students in this cutting-edge interdisciplinary program earn the qualifying degree for art and for the information professions.

In today's digital landscape, information expressed and communicated across new media now pervades what was our text dominated world. As digital arts converges with digital information, they offer a wide of range new opportunities for bringing expression and creativity to the information world, be it in designing virtual information environments or interactive media. Increasingly information professionals will need high-level knowledge and skills in using digital tools to serve the needs of cultural and educational institutions such as museum, libraries, and archives, as well as those of the publishing industry and diverse arts and entertainment communities.

Program Structure

This three-year dual-degree prepares students to work at the intersection of digital arts and information; to use digital tools for the design, organization, and preservation of digital art and cultural objects; and to create digital and virtual environments for cultural and educational institutions. To graduate, students meet requirements for both the M.S. in Library and Information Science in the School of Information and M.F.A. in Digital Arts in the Department of Digital Arts (DDA), both long-standing programs at Pratt. Under the rubric Digital Arts and Information (DAI), the program is modeled after Pratt’s M.S. in History of Art (30 credits) and M.F.A. (45 credits), similarly requiring 75 credits of course work of which15 credits are common elements: a 9-credit thesis in DDA and two 3-credit School of Information courses.

Program Need

The program addresses challenges in both fields reflective of our digital world, requiring professionals to possess high-level skills and knowledge using digital tools for the design, use, and preservation of digital arts and information environments.

Curriculum

The School of Information, through its cultural informatics initiative, and DDA have developed cutting-edge courses and facilities to support this program. The program’s faculty are recognized in the field’s research and practice. The School of Information and DDA will collaborate to support student thesis projects representing the culmination of student learning for both degrees. 

Leadership in Digital Arts and Information

As the first such program, it builds on Pratt’s strengths and leadership in the emerging field of digital arts and information, incorporating digital media and its applications in the physical world.

Sample Program Scheduling

Program scheduling is based on a three-year dual-degree program with 12 credits per semester, two semesters (fall and spring). First year, spring semester only, students take 15 credits. Students may choose to take summer session courses (“S” indicates recommended electives offered during summer session.)

FALL 2009

SPRING 2010

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

M.S. in LIS

 

M.S. in LIS

 

LIS 651 Information Professions

3

LIS 652 Information Services and Sources

3

 

 

LIS 653 Knowledge Organization

3

M.F.A. in DA

 

M.F.A. in DA

 

DDA 600 Digital Arts in Context

3

 

 

DDA 610 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics

3

DDA 622 Interactive Media

3

DDA 572 Electronic Music and Sound OR

DDA 626 Audio for Digital Media

3

DDA 500 Interactive Studio OR

DDA 585 Interactive installation

3

DDA 616 Design for Interactive Media

3

 

 

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

12

 

FALL  2010

SPRING  2011

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

M.S. in LIS 

 

M.S. in LIS 

 

LIS 654 Information Technologies

3

LIS course from the list of Required Electives

(See above list.)

 3

LIS course from the list of Required Electives

(See above list.)

3

LIS course from the list of Recommended Electives (See above list.)

 3

 

M.F.A. in DA

 

 

M.F.A. in DA

 

DDA 625 Video Editing

3

DDA 650 Thesis Research

3

DDA 620 Graphics Programming

3

DDA 645 Digital Imaging Studio

3

Total Credits:

12

  Total Credits:

12

FALL 2011

SPRING 2012

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

COURSE TITLE

CREDITS

M.S. in LIS

 

M.S. in LIS

 

LIS elective course.  Electives may be selected from above lists of required or recommended courses.

3

LIS elective courses (2).  Electives may be selected from above lists of required or recommended courses.

6

M.F.A. in DA

 

M.F.A. in DA

 

DDA 660 Thesis I

3

DDA 660 Thesis II

3

DDA 614 3-D Modeling

3

DDA  587 Physical Computing

3

Note: 6 credits of non-DDA courses required for the M.F.A. in DA degree are taken in the M.S.L.I.S. program from list of M.S.L.I.S. electives with as asterisks (see list above).

 

Note: for this sample program schedule recommended electives are indicated (DDA 614, 620, 645, 587). Students choose elective courses from DDA electives listed above.

 

DDA elective (see lists above.)

3

 

 

Total Credits

12

Total Credits

12

    Subtotals by degree:   

M.S. in LIS  30 

M.F.A. in DA  45

TOTAL  75

 

1. Program Content and Requirements for M.F.A. in DA

M.F.A. in DA  Required Courses

30 Credits

 

 

 

Course Number and Course Title*

Credits

DDA 600 Digital Arts in Context

3

DDA 610 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics

3

DDA 616 Design for Interactive Media

3

DDA 622 Interactive Media

3

DDA 625 Video Editing

3

DDA 626 Audio for Digital Media OR DDA 572 Electronic Music and Sound

3

DDA 500 Interactive Studio OR DDA 585 Interactive Installation

3

DDA 650 Thesis Research

3

DDA 660-A/B Thesis I/II

6

Elective Courses M.F.A. in DA

15 credits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Electives:

 

DDA 614 3-D Modeling

3

DDA 620 Graphics Programming

3

DDA 587 Physical Computing

3

DDA 645 Digital Imaging Studio

3

DDA 612  Digital Imaging

3

Other Electives:

 

DDA 510 Artist Books in the Digital Age

3

DDA 513 3-D Lighting and Rendering

3

DDA 514 Storyboarding & Storytelling

3

DDA 584 ActionScript

3

DDA 624 3D Computer Animation

3

DDA 630 Advanced Interactive Media

3

DDA 643 Digital Animation Studio

3

2. Program Content and Requirements for M.S.L.I.S. 

Core courses required for the M.S.L.I.S. 

12 Credits

 

Course Number and Course Title

 Credits

   

12 Credits (four 3-credit courses) of Core Required Courses as Follows:

 

LIS 651 Information Professions

3

LIS 652 Information Services and Sources

3

LIS 653 Knowledge Organization

3

LIS 654 - Information Technology

3

Elective Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Required Electives: 6 credits (two 3-credit courses) related to digital technology and information; students select two courses from the following:

 

LIS 608 Human Information Behavior

3

LIS 643  Information Architecture and Interaction Design

3

LIS 665 Projects in Digital Archives

3

LIS 663 Metadata, Description and Access

3

LIS 680 Instructional Technology

3

LIS 693  Digital Libraries

3

LIS 632 Conservation and Preservation

3

Recommended Electives: 12 credits (four 3-credit courses) Note: Courses with an asterisk satisfy the 6-credits of non-DA required electives. “SS” indicates summer Session. *

 

*LIS 605 Online Database Searching and Services

3

LIS 611 Information Policy

3

*LIS 618 The Art World: Services and Sources

3

*LIS 621 Electronic Collections and Sources (SS)

3

LIS 623 Online Databases Humanities and Social Sciences

3

*LIS 629 Museum and Library Research at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (SS)

3

LIS 631 Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communication

3

LIS 634 Abstracting and Indexing

3

LIS 641 Information Systems Analysis

3

*LIS 642 Thesaurus Design and Construction

3

*LIS 686 Performing Arts Librarianship

3

*LIS 696  Special Collections Institutes at NYPL (SS)

3

LIS 698 Practicum/Seminar

3

* Besides these elective courses, students may choose other electives such as Photography Collections, Film and Media Collections, and Digital Libraries.