Digital Innovation and Media Institute

The Digital Innovation and Media Institute is geared towards professionals who would like to build their ability to work across media for storytelling, communications, and to be more impactful and persuasive.

Below are some of the institute courses for graduate credit that are currently accepting applications.  Complete our online application form now and select courses.

Learn more about scholarships on our Resources for Funding Your Education page.

  • Visual Literacy and Media (online)
  • Media Production:  Video
  • Creative Inquiry and Writing as Research (online)
  • Legal Topics:  Intellectual Property

Visual Literacy and Media
X.MEDIA-411-01

Instructor: Yan Ma  
Course Dates:  January 2-19, 2018
Class Meeting Times: 
Online
Tuition: $1362  

Most of us are constantly inundated by visual messages, but do we know or understand the design, intent and the impact of these communications?  This intensive, interdisciplinary course provides theories and tools to critically analyze, interpret and read/understand visual messages presented through a variety of forms of media, such as film, photography, video, digital games, and the internet.  Students will develop critical and cultural visual literacy analysis skills mainly through the language of cinematic conventions such as composition, lighting, movement, editing and symbolism in Chinese film and apply them to other cultural contexts and their own lives.They will also examine the role and influence of media and how social dimensions such as gender, race, class and ethnicity are portrayed.

Media Production Topics: Video Production
X.MEDIA-429VP-01

Instructor: Mendal Polish
Course Dates:
  January 2-19, 2018 (First class meeting is Monday January 8)
Class Meeting Times:
Mon-Fri, 1:00-3:30 pm and video shoot on Saturday Jan 13, 10 am-1:00 pm Shattuck Hall Room 217
Location:
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA See Campus Map
Tuition:
  Two Graduate Credits - $1362  Noncredit - $498

This is a hands-on foundational class exploring every step of video production for educators, artists and other professionals in the community who want to create engaging, eye-catching videos.  We will cover all of the components of production, including aesthetics and mechanics, narrative development, the role of audio, and the conceptual and technical aspects of editing. You are invited to come with a story to tell or a product, service or brand to promote.  Plan to dedicate a significant amount of time outside of class sessions to readings, viewings, and practical assignments to expand your perspective of the power of communication through video.Students will complete a series of in-class exercise pieces, and each will make a short video as a final project.

Please bring any equipment with video capabilities that you would like to use, including cell phones, tablets, DSLR cameras, camcorders, etc. A limited number of cameras may also be available to share.

Creative Inquiry and Writing as Research
X.WRTNG-406-01

Instructor: Leora Fridman
Course Dates:  January 2-19, 2018
Class Meeting Times: 
Online
Tuition: $1362  

The course will engage students to explore an issue that they are passionate about, such as a social movement, advocacy campaign or local community problem and gather information that could include documented facts, alternative perspectives, creative ideas, etc. to achieve a solution.  Taking as our starting point contemporary American writing addressing the labor conditions of late capitalism, we will examine strategies for creative inquiry used to document and research topics not normally or officially investigated.  Due to the length of this course, we'll focus particularly on short forms and generating new writing, as opposed to revision and critique.Topics to be discussed will include research as community building, fragment as form, and the collapsing of high vs low culture in contemporary American experimental writing.  Students will write into a variety of forms modeled by readings from Jill Magi, Bhanu Kapil, Dodie Bellamy, Brandon Brown and Stephanie Young, among others.  Requirements for the course will include daily class participation including reflective and critical posts, as well as a final portfolio of original writing.

Prerequisite: A minimum of one course in English composition, an equivalent, or proof of waiver of such a course would be ideal in order to make sure students have English reading and writing fluency. Previous experience with creative writing is advised, but not required.

Please note that this is a two-credit, writing-intensive course. We will do quite a bit of work in just over two weeks, so be prepared to commit to reading and writing. It is imperative that you stay on track with assignments, which will build on each other.

Legal Topics: Intellectual Property
X.PROST-429PR-01

Instructor: Jeffrey Guiel, Esq.
Dates: January 2-19, 2018 (First class meeting is Monday January 8)
Class Meeting Times:
Tue, Wed and Thu, 4:00 – 6:00 pm Shattuck Hall Room 217
Location:
Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA See Campus Map
Tuition:
One Graduate Credit - $681  Noncredit - $498

This course provides insight into the professional working environment of lawyers, paralegals and other related professions through an introduction to the complex ethical, legal and technical aspects of constitutional, criminal, and civil law.  The class will then focus more deeply on themes related to intellectual property such as: the responsibility and rights of inventors, entrepreneurs, writers, and other artists; copyright exceptions and limitations; patent, trademark and unfair competition law and others. Guest speakers will provide direct exposure to how laws are actually interpreted and enforced.