Digital Media, MPS—Connect

Students in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media will build their skills and expertise while gaining experience using a variety of industry-standard and cutting-edge technologies and tools. Our curriculum is organized around three types of experiences: core courses, concentration electives, and a capstone that can be completed as an individual thesis or a team project.

Our core courses in media creation, interactive design, usability, design thinking, and narrative structure provide a baseline for producing content-rich experiences. A series of electives are offered in seven distinctive areas: 3-D animation, game design, digital video, social media, digital media management, or one of two tracks in interactive design: visual design or usability and production. In the capstone experience, you’ll work with the guidance of faculty to channel your passion into a project that provides tangible evidence of your abilities.

Whether you are a full- or part-time student, our cohort structure allows you to build meaningful working relationships with students from around the globe. Team-based assignments strengthen your project management and leadership skills and allow you to take part in the design and development of more complex media projects than you could by working alone. The team efforts will also prepare you for your future as a professional in digital media’s collaboration-oriented culture.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Foundation Courses

DGM 6105Visual Communications Foundation4
DGM 6108Programming Foundations for Digital Media4
DGM 6109Lab for DGM 61082
DGM 6501Web Creation Boot Camp2

Required Core Courses

DGM 6122Foundations of Digital Storytelling4
DGM 6145Information Technology and Creative Practice4
DGM 6521Web Creation for Content Management Systems2
Complete one of the following:4
Sound Design
Usability and Human Interaction
Complete one of the following options:8
Thesis Option
Thesis Proposal Development
Capstone Option
Technical course from the workshops list


Complete one of the following concentrations:


Complete one of the following:3-4
Data Management and Big Data
Time-Based Media
Advanced Digital Storytelling
Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation
Integrative Experiential Learning
Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems
Interdisciplinary Foundations


Optional digital media workshops are designed to provide valuable technical skills and tools for students in all graduate degree programs.

Students may complete one of the following:
Introduction to Digital Video
Introduction to After Effects
Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
Capstone Project Preparation
Collecting User Data
Introduction to XML
Online Documentation

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

56 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required

3-D Animation

DGM 6450Animation Basics4
DGM 65103-D Modeling4
DGM 6530Character Animation4
DGM 6535Rigging Principles and Techniques4
DGM 6540Compositing4

Digital Media Management

DGM 6230Digital Media Entrepreneurship4
DGM 6280Managing for Digital Media4
DGM 6285Interactive Marketing Fundamentals4
DGM 6290Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation4
DGM 6279Project Management for Digital Media4

Digital Video 

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following: 20
Digital Video Production
Editing in the Digital Studio
Lighting for the Camera
Documentary and Nonfiction Production
Screenwriting: Linear and Interactive

Game Design 

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following: 20
Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
Game Design Fundamentals
Game Development
Game Design Technology Lab
Game Engine Fundamentals

Interactive Design

Interactive Design
DGM 6461Interactive Information Design 14
Complete four courses from one of the following tracks:16
Design Track
Typography for Interactivity
Interactive Information Design 2
Screen-Based Publication Design
Designing Infographics
Usability and Development Track
Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
Web Development
Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
Research Methods for Global User Experiences
Information Architecture
Content Strategy

Social Media

Complete the following:19-21
DGM 6285Interactive Marketing Fundamentals4
Complete 15–17 quarter hours from the following:
Consumer Behaviors in the Online Environment
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Digital Marketing Analytics
Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Research Methods for Global User Experiences
Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation