Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities


Certificate in Arts
Bachelor of Arts
(minor only)
Bachelor of Arts with Honours
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts
Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts

Bachelor of Commerce (minor only)

Digital Humanities team


Employers are eager for self-motivated ‘work-ready’ graduates who can work with digital tools, translate complex technical information into accessible language, manage projects and collaborate with teams.

In Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, students learn to explore research questions using digital tools and methods, and develop a critical understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the digital world and our knowledge economy (including ethical issues related to information technology). They also learn the technical skills and standards required to produce a scholarly digital project, and how to manage risks and issues.

Arising in the 1980s, Digital Humanities responded to the increasingly digital nature of scholarship and culture. It is a highly interdisciplinary subject as well as being strongly connected to the world outside academia, in particular the digital cultural heritage sector associated with galleries, art galleries, libraries and museums.

This discipline creates and uses a wide variety of digital products, including websites, archives, databases, and mobile apps.

Why study Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at UC?

The UC Digital Humanities team have been conducting teaching and research since 2001 and engage in a broad range of 'real-world' activities, ranging from text encoding, digital archiving, GIS mapping, data visualization and 'big data' analysis to blogging, tweeting and online publishing. The UC CEISMIC Canterbury Earthquake Digital Archive was created in 2011 and managed by the team, involving the work of UC students.

The UC Digital Humanities team enjoys the support of a broad Consortium, including the National Library, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Christchurch City Libraries, Te Papa, NZ On Screen, the Canterbury Museum, the Ngāi Tahu Research Centre and The Film Archive.

The Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities programme is co-taught by staff from Digital Humanities, Computer Science, HIT Lab NZ, and a variety of specialty subjects in the College of Arts.

Prior study in English, media studies, computer science or history at school is helpful – but the best background is simply an interest in digital culture, technology, and ideas that shape the digital world.


See all Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities courses

100-level courses

The 100-level course DIGI101 Working in a Digital World offers an introduction as to how computers work and how they interface with the other key part of the computer system – the person.

DIGI102 Computers, Artificial Intelligence and the Information Society looks at the use of computers within organisations and society, the history of computing and the information society, and introduces the logic of artificial intelligence.

DIGI125 Music Technologies 1 develops knowledge of Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) and the fundamentals of using computers for digital sampling, mixing and editing.

200-level and beyond

Courses challenge students to critically assess digital cultures, and their relationship to them. Students explore the history and theory of digital literary studies, engage with digital tools they might not have experienced before, and consider how a range of digital tools enable, restrict and/or undermine their role as citizens.

Students also have the opportunity to apply skills acquired through academic study to a project designed by a local company or community group in a New Zealand context.

Career opportunities

UC Digital Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities students have the opportunity to engage in work-integrated experiences throughout their studies, where they learn how to scope and manage a project, collaborate in teams, manage stakeholders and communicate effectively; all attributes that are highly valued in knowledge workers.

Graduates with digital practice experience have a blend of transferable and twenty-first century applied skills, making them well suited to work in all new media and digital industries, but especially ones requiring a blend of analytical and technical aptitude.

Graduates are candidates for work in research, relationship management, business analysis within the creative and cultural heritage sector, digital archiving, project management, and the mainstream (non-digital) creative and cultural heritage sectors. You will be particularly suited to policy analysis positions related to technology and culture, and any position that requires communication across technical and non-technical teams.

More information

School of Humanities and Creative Arts

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Postal address
College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand