Designed for the 21st century student who was born into the world of windows and the web, Design Cultures and Creativity (DCC) provides an innovative curriculum and learning community that combines art, imagination, and global citizenship with new media and new technologies. Depending on individual interest, DCC students pursue activities as varied as digital music and video production, digital art, computer game design, creative electronic writing, virtual worlds, and developing online communities.

As members of the DCC community, students will live and learn alongside of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland’s world-class center for research in digital media ( In the past two years alone MITH has collaborated with the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, among many other cultural institutions and high-tech partners.

As part of the curriculum, DCC students will take a variety of classes with top-notch (and technologically sophisticated) faculty from departments such as Art, Music, Theatre, English, History, and Women’s Studies as well as the internationally acclaimed Computer Science, and Information School programs. The program is 16 credits over the freshman and sophomore year, including a practicum that culminates in a research project or major creative effort.