Concerned that only 61% of Native American youth graduate high school and only 12% finish college, Professor Tracy Taylor began Gear Up with Alice, a summer workshop for Lakota Sioux teenagers living on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Taylor has also visited the reservation with students, helping to continue the program.
The Digital Media Design program bridges the arts and sciences by providing students with both technical knowledge and an understanding of aesthetics. Faculty from the Departments of Art, Communication, and Computer Science provide a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge tempered with practical, professionally applicable experience in digital media.
The minor emphasizes Web design and development, both technical and artistic, and it also provides latitude for coursework leaning more toward the history and theory of digital communications, or more toward the artistic and creative, or even geared more toward computer science and database-driven Web applications.