Houston Christian University Catalog

( DIGI ) Course Descriptions

  • DIGI 1321 Introduction to Digital Media

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    An introduction to digital art and design applications, including 2D and 3D software and methods, with potential use in graphic design, animation, game development, and other forms of digital media.

  • DIGI 2100 Storytelling in Digital Media

    Prerequisite(s): NARR 1300
    Corequisite(s): NARR 2200
    Fee(s): None

    Provides students opportunities to apply the principles developed in Art of Storytelling to specific digital media projects.

  • DIGI 3125 Art & Design Topics

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3120
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Develops art and design principles that will be applicable throughout the Digital Media curriculum, supporting work in video games, animation, visual effects, and graphic design. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 3180 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 3225 Art & Design Topics

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3120
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Develops art and design principles that will be applicable throughout the Digital Media curriculum, supporting work in video games, animation, visual effects, and graphic design. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 3280 Special Topics/Independent StudyCorequisite(s): None

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 3321 Art Foundations for Digital Artists

    Prerequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Introduces foundational artistic skills in drawing and design, preparing students for narrative artistic work in character / environmental art and graphic design.

  • DIGI 3322 2D Digital Art & Design

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3321
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Introduces key design principles and applications in vector graphics, photo editing, and digital painting for graphic design, video games, animation, and visual effects.

  • DIGI 3323 3D Digital Art & Design

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3321
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Introduces key design principles and applications in computer-generated 3D imagery for video games, animation, visual effects, and graphic design.

  • DIGI 3325 Art & Design Topics

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3321
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Develops art and design principles that will be applicable throughout the Digital Media curriculum, supporting work in video games, animation, visual effects, and graphic design. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 3341 Principles of Interactive Media

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3322
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Through case studies and exercises, students are introduced to defining principles of interactive media, from basic game theory to user interface design. Students will develop interactive content building on these principles throughout the semester.

  • DIGI 3350 Principles of Cinema & Animation

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3321, DIGI 3322, DIGI 3323
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    An introduction to the distinct aesthetic elements of the cinematic medium and the traditional principles of animation, with an emphasis on historical foundations and practical opportunities for application in digital animation.

  • DIGI 3351 Animation Production I

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3350
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Students collaborate on the development and pre-production of an animated project, learning key principles in story, style, and asset development.

  • DIGI 3352 Animation Production II

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3350
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Students collaborate on the production of an animated project, learning key principles in digital production and animation.

  • DIGI 3361 Principles of Game Theory

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3460
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Through practical application in the development of a video game, students explore key principles in game theory and storytelling in interactive mediums.

  • DIGI 3362 Gameplay Implementation

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3460
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    Through practical application in the development of a video game, students are introduced to game interactivity through engine coding and scripting.

  • DIGI 3380 Special Topics/Independent Study

    Prerequisite(s): Will vary depending on the specific topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Topics are selected on basis of student need and academic qualifications of staff. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 3460 Intro to Video Game Design

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3323
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of video game development, the primary tools, and overall workflow. Students will complete a simple interactive game project.

  • DIGI 4160 Advanced Practicum

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Programmed with specific topics each semester, this practicum provides students the opportunity to hone their craft through specific projects or apprenticeships overseen by a faculty member. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4192 Sophomore Portfolio

    Prerequisite(s): NARR 2200, NARR 2310, NARR 2312 and at least 9 hours of CINE, DIGI, or WRIT courses
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Students prepare a portfolio representing their best work in order to receive faculty feedback and direction for the next stage of their academic studies.

  • DIGI 4194 Junior Portfolio

    Prerequisite(s): NARR 3310
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Working with a faculty member, students prepare a resume and portfolio in order to secure a professional internship. DIGI 4194 is the prerequisite to DIGI 4195/4295/4395 – Internship.

  • DIGI 4195 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships, secured as part of DIGI 4194 Junior Portfolio. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4199 Senior Portfolio

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities

    Working with a faculty member, students complete a professional resume and portfolio featuring their best coursework and personal projects (in preparation for interviews, etc.)

  • DIGI 4260 Advanced Practicum

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Programmed with specific topics each semester, this practicum provides students the opportunity to hone their craft through specific projects or apprenticeships overseen by a faculty member. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4295 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships, secured as part of DIGI 4194 Junior Portfolio. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4331 Advanced Graphic Design

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3322
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Develops and applies key design principles for graphic design, web design, and app development in larger project-based assignments. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4351 Advanced Animation I

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3351
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in DIGI 3351 – Animation Production I, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on an animated project, practicing key principles in story, style, and asset development. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4352 Advanced Animation II

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3352
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in DIGI 3352 – Animation Production II, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on an animated project, practicing key principles in digital production and animation. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4360 Advanced Practicum

    Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Equipment

    Programmed with specific topics each semester, this practicum provides students the opportunity to hone their craft through specific projects or apprenticeships overseen by a faculty member. If regular lectures are not given, a minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4361 Advanced Game Development I

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3361
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in DIGI 3361 – Principles of Game Theory, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on a video game project, practicing key principles in game theory and storytelling in interactive mediums. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4362 Advanced Game Development II

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 3362
    Fee(s): Narrative Arts Facilities; Narrative Arts Production

    This advanced course builds upon the groundwork established in DIGI 3362 – Game Programming, providing students opportunities to take lead roles on a video game project, practicing key principles game interactivity through engine coding and scripting. This course may be repeated for credit.

  • DIGI 4395 Internship

    Prerequisite(s): DIGI 4194
    Corequisite(s): None
    Fee(s): None

    Credit is awarded for approved professional internships, secured as part of DIGI 4194 Junior Portfolio. A minimum of 30 hours of work for each hour credit must be included. This course may be repeated for credit.