Digital Media, MPS

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.

Required Core Courses

Complete 22 quarter hours:22
Foundations of Digital Storytelling
Information Technology and Creative Practice
Web Creation for Content Management Systems
Complete one of the following:4
Sound Design
Usability and Human Interaction
Complete one pair of the following:8
Thesis Proposal Development
Thesis
or
Capstone
Technical course from the workshops list

Concentration

Complete one of the following six concentrations:

Concentration in 3-D Animation
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:20
Animation Basics
3-D Modeling
Character Animation
Rigging Principles and Techniques
Compositing
Concentration in Digital Media Management
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:20
Digital Media Entrepreneurship
Managing for Digital Media
Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Project Management for Digital Media
Intercultural Communication
Concentration in Digital Video
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:20
Digital Capture and Output
Digital Video Production
Editing in the Digital Studio
Lighting for the Camera
Compositing
Documentary and Nonfiction Production
Screenwriting: Linear and Interactive
Concentration in Game Design
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:20
Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
Game Design Fundamentals
Game Development
Game Design Algorithms and Data Structures
Game Design Technology Lab
Game Development Intensive
Concentration in Interactive Design
Complete 20 quarter hours from the following: 20
Web Development
Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
Information Architecture
Research Methods for Global User Experiences
Content Strategy
Concentration in Social Media
Complete four of the following:14-15
Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
Content Strategy

Free Elective

In addition to their concentration electives, students are encouraged to explore new areas within the digital media space offered both by the program and through related master's programs in the College of Professional Studies. Students are also able to request another digital media course offering as their free elective, as long as they met its prerequisite.

Complete one of the following:
ALY 6110Data Management and Big Data3
DGM 6322Advanced Digital Storytelling4
DGM 6550Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation4
INPS 5184Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations3
ITC 6410Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems3
Or, with approval, complete one course from a digital media concentration.

Workshops

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: 

DGM 6501Web Creation Boot Camp2
DGM 6505Modeling and Rendering (Intensive)2
DGM 6506Introduction to Digital Video2
DGM 6508Game Development Intensive2
DGM 6509Integrated Suite Workshop2
DGM 6511Web Creation Bootcamp 22
DGM 6513Single-Lens Reflex Camera Workshop2
DGM 6515Introduction to After Effects2
DGM 6518Game Programming Intensive 12
DGM 6519Game Programming Intensive 22
TCC 6620Collecting User Data2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required