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We are excited to introduce a new stream in Digital Media and Informatics
alongside our established stream in Interactive Media

Digital Media and Informatics

Digital Media and Informatics is a highly focused course of study which would be right for you if you already think you might be interested in media technology. You will need to choose a Film Studies or Media and Writing major and then you will do the Interactive Media courses (Online media, Designing interactions, and Dynamic web design) in addition to Information Systems courses. This is an intensive programme which will give you experience working alongside fellow-students in Information Systems and open up  additional jobs for you after graduation, since ads often specify ‘IT-related degree’. The programme will also help you develop awesome creative projects, and give you an advantage if you want to go on to post-graduate study of digital and social media. The data-related skills you’ll learn in Information Systems are crucial for many new research areas.
If you are a first year student you will need to be sure you sign up for one first year Information Systems or Computer Science course this year, and then apply to be admitted to the programme at the end of the year.  We’ve selected  two introductory programming courses you can choose from which don’t have any pre-requisites:

  • Information Systems I
  • Python Programming for Engineers.

Interactive Media

The Film and Media Production programme in Interactive Media is an 18 month production programme, focusing on web design and development – we teach HTML5, XHTML CSS, Javascript, Jquery, coding WordPress themes. Students are introduced to programming via Processing (a language designed for artists which makes a great way to embark on coding, and which offers considerable power of Java libraries to more experienced coders).

The course presents a thorough grounding in the principles of visual design and standards-based development for the web, the production of vector and raster images, the use of rich media and animation online, and approaches to designing and customising CMS-based sites. Students are taught how to build dynamic sites using back-end programming (MySQL and PhP) and are introduced to HTML5 and the JQuery framework for mobisite and app development.

The curriculum focuses on the intersection of coding and content skills, which offers many advantages and opens a range of opportunities for  work in digital media production, eMarketing, or for further postgraduate research in the exciting new areas of gaming, new media, mobile communication and social network analysis.

Teaching hours: 4 hours of classes per week. Students can expect to spend around 10-15 hours per week working on projects for the duration of the programme. Classes are usually time-tabled for Mondays and Tues 11-1pm but please do check the UCT website for the latest information.

Student numbers: Courses are currently capped, and usually only 10-15 students are admitted.

Course details: Students are referred to the Faculty Handbook, the CFMS website and course outlines for exact details of the courses

FAM2009S Designing Online Media

FAM3007F Designing Interactions

FAM3009S Dynamic Web Design

Projects include:

  • Creating a photographic feature
  • Procedural images and digital character design
  • Programming a mini-game (2D)
  • Creating spatial interfaces, accessing external data (using visual material from UCT’s Digital Archive).
  • Developing a personal WordPress portfolio site with social network integration.
  • Creating a digital presence or animated public service announcement for an NGO.
  • Introduction to search engine optimisation and online advertising
  • Search Engine Optimisation and search advertising strategies

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