The graduate certificate in Digital Cultures enhances digital literacies at the graduate level through a program that engages with critical approaches across disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and professions. Enrollment in the certificate is open to any student who has been admitted to a UWM graduate program.   

The certificate is managed by an interdisciplinary committee with representation from Anthropology, History, English, the Center for 21st Century Studies, and the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, among other related areas.

For more information, please contact the program director, Dr. Stuart Moulthrop (

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by program, please review the application deadline chart for specific programs. Other important dates and deadlines can be found by using the One Stop calendars.


Students wishing to pursue the Digital Cultures certificate must apply using the Graduate School’s online admissions application system. There will be two admissions cycles per year, with deadlines of December 15 and June 1. Only students concurrently enrolled in a UWM graduate degree program and those who already hold a UWM graduate degree may be admitted to the certificate.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted into a certificate program.

Credits and Courses

The Digital Cultures certificate requires completion of a minimum of 15 graduate credits.

Students must complete at least 6 credits of Required Core Courses, listed below. Students must take DAC 700 once, and must take DAC 701 and DAC 788 at least once each. Students will repeat either DAC 701 or DAC 788 one additional time to complete the 6 required core credits. Students may take additional repeats of DAC 701 or DAC 788, but credits in those courses will not count toward the required or elective credits for the certificate.

In addition, students must complete an additional 9 credits selected from the list of eligible elective courses below. Of those electives, at least 3 credits must be at the 700-level or above and students must take at least two different course numbers to complete their electives. Up to 3 credits of independent study may be approved by the director of the Digital Cultures certificate for inclusion among the electives. Approval should be noted on the student’s program of study before application for certificate conferral. 

Elective course substitutions may be approved by the certificate director on a case-by-case basis.

Required Core Courses
DAC 700Core Seminar in Digital Cultures3
DAC 701Digital Cultures Colloquium1
DAC 788Digital Cultures Practicum1
Repeat DAC 701 or DAC 788 for one additional credit1
Elective Courses9
Cultures of Online Games and Virtual Worlds
Anthropological Applications of GIS
Theories of Social Action: Theater, Ritual, Game
Emerging Digital Technology:
Professional Practice II
Representation I
Representation II
Intermediate Digital Studio:
Creative Coding
Creative Interfaces
3D Environments and XR
Creative Electronics
Digital Media Workshop:
Advanced Creative Technologies
Advanced Electronics and Sculpture:
Motion Graphics
Digital Imaging for Fabric
Research in Universal Design and Fabrication
Contemporary Issues in Photography (Topics: Photography and Digital Imaging; Studio Lighting)
Advanced Photography & Imaging:
History and Theory of New Media Art
Seminar in Mediated Communication
The Digital Mirror
Rhetoric of/and the Internet
Digital Engagement Seminar
Information Design
Rhetoric, Writing, and Information Technology
Media Studies
Seminar in Digital Studies:
Intermediate Media Arts Module: (Topics: Observational Documentary; Experimental Documentary; Appropriated Media; Landscapes/Filmscapes; Visual Effects)
Experimental Documentary
Observational Documentary
Visual Effects
The History of Milwaukee
Research Methods in Local History
History and the New Media
Information Ethics
Instructional Technologies
Digital Libraries
Electronic Publishing and Web Design
Introduction to Urban Geographic Information Systems for Planning
Using Urban Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Planning
Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: (Topics: Digital Cultures and Sexualities)
Total Credits15

NOTE: Once approved, the courses FILM 763, FILM 764, and FILM 782 will replace the subtopics of FILM 420 at the graduate level. Additional 700-level Film courses will be proposed for two remaining subtopics of FILM 420, Filmscapes/Landscapes and Appropriated Media. 

Additional Requirements

Transfer Credit 

Outside transfer credits (graduate level work taken outside of UW-Milwaukee) are not permitted to count for this certificate program. However, based on the current UWM Transfer Credit Policy rules, UWM graduate courses may be eligible to:

  1. Transfer into this certificate if they have not been used to satisfy any degree or certificate requirements, OR
  2. Double-count toward a UWM graduate degree program and this certificate, OR
  3. Double-count between this certificate and one other UWM graduate certificate.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students wishing to earn a Digital Cultures certificate must complete the required 15 graduate credit hours with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better.

A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in PhD programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

  • 18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.
  • 19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.