(College of Letters and Science)
Michael Neff, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department
Program Office. 101 Art Building; 530-752-0105; http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-and-digital-mediaFaculty. http://arts.ucdavis.edu/cinema-digital-media-program-faculty
The Technocultural Studies major is an interdisciplinary integration of current research in cultural history and theory with innovative hands-on production in digital media and “low-tech.” It focuses on the fine and performing arts, media arts, community media, literature and cultural studies as they relate to technology and science. Backed by critical perspectives and the latest forms of research and production skills, students enjoy the mobility to explore individual research and expression, project-based collaboration and community engagement.
The Program. Preparatory course work involves a solid introduction to the history, ideas and current activities of technocultural studies. For depth subject matter, students in the major select to concentrate on either critical studies or creative production emphases, and work toward a final project. All majors are required to take at least one course from another department or program relevant to their area of study, upon approval from Technocultural Studies, and may take more courses with approval. The final project for the critical studies emphasis consists of a substantial research paper. The final project for the creative production emphasis will be a major individual or collaborative work. Plans for final projects must be approved in advance.
Major Advisor. Information on the current Academic Advisors can be obtained by contacting the Arts Group Advising Center at 530-752-0616 or http://arts.ucdavis.edu/arts-group-undergraduate-advising.
Career Paths. Technocultural Studies is designed to prepare graduates to be highly adaptable, collaborative, multi-skilled and current with the latest developments. Perhaps most importantly is self-motivation: students do best when fueled by their own passions and plot their own directions, while held to very high standards. We feel this is the best education for living and working in a complex, rapidly changing world. Final research papers and creative production portfolios will provide graduate school admissions committees, employers or clients with tangible evidence of Technocultural Studies graduates' track records and talents.