Digital Media Art



This program provides students with the artistic, communication and technical skills necessary for a wide of range of digital media fields.

We see this program as a collaboration with the Dept. of Communication to draw upon the strengths of both programs to help students develop a strong and skilled visual voice.

 This curriculum encompasses and explores all aspects of digital motion media from traditional video production to the emerging fields of independent web-based content - including television and film concepts. After receiving a comprehensive yet intentionally broad curriculum in the concept, technique, and theory of Art, Design, and Media for visual communications; graduates bring critical thinking and technical strategies relevant to contemporary media and the media arts to their chosen profession.

Preparing students for the world of contemporary visual media is a major focus of the department. Students in the Digital Media Art concentration are expected to complete a professional internship in their area of interest.

At the heart of Digital Media curriculum are two computer labs each consisting of fourteen iMac computer stations optimized to speed processing of motion graphics, animation, and video-based special effects.

graphic design computer lab

Current industry-level software includes the Final Cut Pro, AfterEffects, DVD Studio Pro, and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite - consisting of Photoshop, Lightroom, Flash, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign; as well as Premiere Pro and related video software.

Students also have access to a fully equipt lighting studio, and in collaboration with The Media Services Office - use of a Television style Production Studio.


In addition to the lab facilities, we have traditional and DSLR video cameras ranging from consumer to professional grade for student check-out. Audio recording and lighting equipment is also available for student loan. 

Students also can access a full range of DSLR still photo cameras and have use of the fully equipped lighting studio.


Courses Include:

  • Graphic Design 1
  • Typography
  • Introduction to Digital Photo/Imaging
  • Time, Motion & Communication
  • Introduction to Digital Video
  • Documentary and Field Production
  • The Narrative in Video and Digital Storytelling
  • The Art of Film
  • Introduction to Web Design

offered by the Dept. of Communication and Media

  • Introduction to Media (MDA 202)
  • Media, Religion & Faith (MDA 202 )
  • Writing for Electronic Media (MDA 260)
  • Journalism (MDA 321)
  • Oral Interpretation, Diction, & Delivery (CMC 310)
  • Media Production Management (MDA 340)

Other suggested courses students will take as electives:

  • MKT 340  Advertising
  • MDA 404  Media Ecology 
  • MDA 330  Communication Law & Policy
  • MDA 312  Social Media Theory & Practice
  • THR 210   Acting I
  • THR 220   Script Analysis
  • THR 230   Stage Craft
  • and a rotating set of special topics courses in Film Studies offered through the History and Language and Literature Departments


A minor would include any four of these courses:

  • Introduction to Digital Photo/Imaging
  • Introduction to Digital Video
  • Documentary and Field Production
  • The Narrative in Video/Film (and Digital Storytelling)
  • Time, Motion and Communication (motion graphics)
  • Graphic Design 1
  • Web Design
  • Typography
  • The Art of Film
  • Introduction to Web Design
  • Introduction to B&W Photo Processes

Students in a Digital Video Class use the TV studio in the basement of Carpenter Hall

See what some of our graduates are doing now! 


For more information contact Assistant Professor Romy Hosford: