Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Creative Technologies in Art + Design (Minors) (CTADSGNMIN)Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.


The Minor in Creative Technologies in Art and Design teaches students the process of idea development in art and design through the use of digital technologies and electronic visualization. The minor introduces a wide range of new media art and design practices and digital platforms in which to explore materializing digital designs through various computer-aided design and computation design software, computer-aided machining and rapid prototyping. In addition to the production of physical objects, these processes can lead to the development of digital drawings and paintings, video art, virtual reality and immersive installations created through digital projection, 3D display systems, interactive artwork, and artwork created by coding.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 18 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course from the .
    • Beginning class on digital media's role in the world of art production and reception. Class emphasizes learning to use digital media to produce original, creative art work. Students use Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and Autodesk Mudbox to create their own artworks. Topics include digital imaging, video art, interactive art, and 3D modeling. Credit given for only one of FINA-D 210 or SOAD-S 210. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Fundamentals. One (1) course from the .
    • Explores color's fundamental principles and formal elements; its contextual meanings and sociological connotations; and its significance within the fields of art, design and merchandising. Cultivates visual sensitivity, develops aesthetic knowledge and the production of creative work through studio practices. Credit given for only one of SOAD-A 101 or FINA-F 102. (3 credit hours.)
    • Volume, space, material, and physical force studies provide the basis for exploration of three-dimensional form; includes carving, construction, modeling, and casting using wood, plaster, Styrofoam, clay, etc. Credit given for only one of FINA-F 101 or SOAD-A 103. (3 credit hours.)
    • Introduction to the visual language of the studio arts. Students learn and apply the basic elements of design and begin to understand the principles of organization. Through the exploration of a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional media (drawing, painting, wire, and clay), students become familiar with basic techniques used to develop art works. Credit given for only one of FINA-N 110 or SOAD-N 110. (3 credit hours.)
    • Lecture course introduces nonmajors to the fundamental practice of creating art imagery using digital software. In-class demonstrations and hands-on lab sessions emphasize technical production in Photoshop and After Effects. Art projects created in Photoshop and lecture topics focus on aesthetic approaches and issues facing artists working in contemporary digital imaging. Credit given for only one of FINA-N 130 or SOAD-N 130. (3 credit hours.)
  3. Advanced Courses. Three (3) courses from the .
    • P: SOAD-S 210 or FINA-D 210; or consent of instructor. Hands-on studio course exploring the intersection of art, technology, and human behavior by looking at the various bodies of knowledge that inform the interactive multimedia from storytelling, interaction design, installation, public intervention, and creative coding. This project-based course covers conceptually-oriented digital art practices spanning audio & video production, coding with HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, animation in Adobe After Effects, and physical computing with Arduino. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours in FINA-D 310 and SOAD-S 310. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-S 210 or FINA-D 210; or consent of instructor. Exploration of the medium of video as an aesthetic expression. Time and sound are elements incorporated into visual composition's traditional concerns. Emphasis on technical command of video camera and digital editing procedures in conjunction with development of a visual sensitivity. Readings and a research project are required. Credit given for only one of FINA-D 317 or SOAD-S 311. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-S 210 or FINA-D 210; or consent of instructor. Hands-on studio course exploring the technical development of three-dimensional computer graphics for state-of-the-art display systems. Students will investigate user-interface design, create 3D graphical environments, and explore the parallel drives toward content creation and visual aesthetics. May be repeated once for a maximum of 6 credits in FINA-D 318 and SOAD-S 313. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-A 101; and SOAD-S 290 or FINA-S 291; or consent of instructor. Practice of digital color or chemical photography: camera work, darkroom practices, appreciation of photographs, and experience in expressive use of the medium. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours of FINA-S 392 or SOAD-S 390. (3 credit hours.)
  4. Elective. One (1) course from the .
    • Additional course from the Advanced Courses list
    • Principles of 3D modeling applied across subject-specific design boundaries. Studio methods for solving 3D geometric problems from technical drawings and models. Students create free-form curves, surfaces, and solids employed in interior design, fashion design, furniture design and digital fabrication using software such as Rhinoceros NURBS and digital fabrication equipment. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 201 or SOAD-A 201. (3 credit hours.)
    • Basic 2D and 3D drawing and modeling skills for professional practice of interior architectural design using professional, industry standard software: document and database generation, computer-aided drafting, modeling and design. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 264 or SOAD-D 264. (3–4 credit hours.)
    • Basic practice of digital camera operation, exposure calculation, exposing, image file management, image optimization and digital printing. Guidance toward establishment of a personal photographic aesthetic. A digital SLR camera is required. Credit given for only one of FINA-S 291 or SOAD-S 290. (3 credit hours.)
  5. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.