Digital Media Studies
The Digital Media Studies major is an interdisciplinary program joining Art, Communication Arts, and Computer Science. Its purpose is to produce a student that is aesthetically, theoretically, and technologically trained and capable of excellence in the relatively new area of the design, production, and implementation of digital communications media. By placing an emphasis on public relations and media development, the communication arts emphasis is geared toward those interested in critically looking at the way they convey a message. Courses include Interactive Media, Principles of Public Relations, Digital Filmmaking, and Communication Law.
The digital revolution has dramatically changed the way we think, communicate and interact. These new technologies demand new ways of thinking and creating. Union’s Digital Media Studies (DMS) is a unique program that will prepare you to become a marketable digital media specialist who can step into a variety of fields and circumstances to provide leadership. Because the digital media landscape is constantly changing, our program strives to teach you how to adapt to new technologies by understanding the processes behind the development of digital media.
The DMS-Communication Arts emphasis is designed for students who are interested in creating innovative content for digital media, whether you have an interest in writing, shooting or designing content for digital media. While all DMS majors take some COM courses in the DMS core to better understand the the communication process, DMS-Communication Arts students dig deeper into the concepts and principles of communication. DMS-Communication Arts graduates have found jobs as interactive designers, web developers, photographers and graphic designers.
Digital Media Studies Major:
A. Core requirements for all emphases—39 hours1. ART 120, 221, 345, 348; DMS 190 2. COM 220, 320, 327, 365 3. CSC 115 (or 105 and 106), 200, 360, 351 4. DMS 490
B. Communication Arts Emphasis - 24 hours1. COM 121, 323, 329, 430; MKT 328 2. Select 9 hours: COM 120, 230, 236, 325, 328,
355, 360, 410, 423, 483; MKT 424.
C. Art Emphasis (32 hours) and Computer Science
Emphasis (25 hours)
DMS 190 DMS Freshman Seminar
CSC 115 Computer Science I
ART 120 Intro to Digital Imaging
COM 220 Digital Storytelling
CSC 200 Digital Media Programming
ART 221 Introduction to Graphic Design & Visual Language
COM 320 Organizational Communication
COM 327 Interactive Media
ART 345 Identity Systems
COM 365 Computer Mediated Communication
ART 348 Motion Graphics
CSC 351 Web Applications
CSC 360 Web Building & Site Management
DMS 490 Digital Media Senior Seminar
COM 121 Writing Across Media Platforms
COM 323 Principles of Public Relations
COM 329 Principles of Advertising
COM 430 Communications Law
MKT 328 Principles of Marketing
Choose 3 of the following elective courses: