Chairperson: Ana Garner, Ph.D.

Whatever the medium, professionals in the field of digital media play major roles in shaping the way we view the world. The major’s liberal arts emphasis gives student the education to thrive in and adapt to this era of convergence and competition.

DGMD students create professional quality digital media for a range of businesses/organizations/industries (profit/non-profit). They are thinkers who can apply their ethical, critical, analytical and technological skills to make innovative and creative digital media that makes a difference.

Digital Media Major

A total of 36 credits of course work must be completed for the Digital Media major.

Required Courses

COMM 3800Media Law3
COMM 3900Ethical Problems of Mass Communications3
DGMD 2205Introduction to Media Production3
DGMD 2335Script and Story3
DGMD 3840Media Aesthetics3
DGMD 3999Advanced Production and Portfolio3
Choose at least one of the following (History/Criticism/Theory):3
Global Television
Digital Media Law and Policy
Radio and Television History
History of Documentary
Television Criticism
Choose at least two Intermediate Production courses:6
Cinematography
Sound Design
Motion Media Design
Editing Techniques
Directing for Film and Television
Short Film Producing
Corporate Media
Special Institute/Workshop/Project
Podcasting
Choose one of the following for Senior Capstone:3
Documentary Production
Narrative Production
Advanced Scriptwriting
Choose two additional DGMD courses and/or any of the following:6
Communication Design Toolbox
Agency Practicum
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Media and the "Other"
Media Management
Acting 1: Fundamental Technique
Basic Costume Technology
and Basic Costume Technology Practicum
Voice and Speech 1
Acting for Camera
Stagecraft
and Stagecraft Practicum
Play Direction
Playwriting
Total Credit Hours:36

The following courses are also required, but do not count as credit in the major:

Choose one of the following:3-4
Introduction to Statistics and Business Analytics
Communication Statistics and Analysis
Modern Elementary Statistics
Social Statistics
Total Credit Hours:3-4

Typical Program for Digital Media Majors

Freshman
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 1000 or 12003COMM 11003
COMM 10501COMM 1200 or 10003
DGMD 2205 or 23353DGMD 2205 or 23353
ENGL 1001 or ESSV1 (MCC)3ENGL 1001 or ESSV1 (MCC)3
PHIL 1001 or THEO 1001 (MCC)3PHIL 1001 or THEO 1001 (MCC)3
Electives3 
 16 15
Sophomore
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 25003DGMD 2250 or DGMD ELECTIVE3
DGMD Intermediate Production or DGMD Elective3COMM 170033
CORE 1929 (MCC)3Minor or elective3
DSCV (MCC)1, 23DSCV (MCC)1, 23
Minor or elective3WRIT Writing Intensive (MCC)3
 15 15
Junior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
DGMD 3840 or DGMD INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION COURSE3DGMD 3840 or DGMD INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTION COURSE3
DGMD 3999 or ELECTIVE3DGMD 3999 or ELECTIVE3
DSCV (MCC)1, 23COMM 3800 or 39003
Minor or elective6DSCV (MCC)1, 23
 Minor or elective3
 15 15
Senior
First TermHoursSecond TermHours
COMM 3800 or 39003DGMD History/Criticism/Theory or Capstone course3
DGMD History/ Criticism/ Theory or Capstone course3DGMD elective3
CORE 4929 (MCC)3Major or minor electives8
Major or minor electives6 
 15 14
Total Credit Hours: 120

Digital Media Minor

Required Courses - A total of 18 credits of course work must be completed for the Digital Media minor.

Required course:3
Introduction to Media Production
Choose at least one of the following (History/Criticism/Theory):3
Global Television
Media Aesthetics
Digital Media Law and Policy
Radio and Television History
History of Documentary
Television Criticism
Choose one Intermediate Production course:3
Cinematography
Sound Design
Motion Media Design
Editing Techniques
Directing for Film and Television
Short Film Producing
Corporate Media
Topics in Digital Media
Seminar in Digital Media
Special Institute/Workshop/Project
Choose three additional DGMD courses and/or any of the following courses:9
Communication Design Toolbox
Agency Practicum
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Media and the "Other"
Media Management
Basic News Photography
Acting 1: Fundamental Technique
Basic Costume Technology
and Basic Costume Technology Practicum
Voice and Speech 1
Acting for Camera
Stagecraft
and Stagecraft Practicum
Play Direction
Playwriting
Some courses under the headings of ADPR, COMM and JOUR may be counted as DGMD electives with departmental approval.
Total Credit Hours:18

Courses

DGMD 2205. Introduction to Media Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Introduction to video and audio production and post-production techniques. Experience is gained using cameras, audio and video equipment, as well as appropriate editing software. Prereq: DGMD majors and minors, JOUR majors; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 2250. Intermediate Digital Media Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Intermediate audio and video production and post-production techniques used in television, corporate media, emergent media, film and online. Emphasis on skills acquisition and portfolio development. Prereq: DGMD 2205.

DGMD 2335. Script and Story. 3 cr. hrs.

Students learn to write in the proper script style for a variety of film, radio and television formats. Writing workshop approach.

DGMD 2565. The Business of Entertainment. 3 cr. hrs.

Students receive a thorough grounding in the financial processes and economies in the industry to better understand the basic business and operational framework of film and television. Topics covered range from project development and product distribution to forward funding future projects.

DGMD 3210. Cinematography. 3 cr. hrs.

An exploration of the art and craft involved in the process of cinematic image creation. Emphasis is placed on hands-on application of lighting, lens choices and camera movement. Prereq: DGMD 2205; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3220. Sound Design. 3 cr. hrs.

Explores the creative and technical aspects of sound for film and television. Students practice aspects of sound effects recording and creation, dialogue and effects editing, and final mixing. Prereq: DGMD 2205; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3230. Motion Media Design. 3 cr. hrs.

A project-based course covering the applications and process of design as they relate to motion media, along with methods for creating motion graphics and animation in 2d and 3d environments. Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3250. Editing Techniques. 3 cr. hrs.

Students spend time in and out of the classroom developing intermediate editing skills, utilizing techniques that will advance their knowledge and professionalize their editing abilities. Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3260. Directing for Film and Television. 3 cr. hrs.

Pre-production preparation for film and television directors, including working with performers, casting, script analysis and visualization. Prereq: DGMD 2205 or JOUR 1050; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3270. Short Film Producing. 3 cr. hrs.

Learn the skills - from pre-production through marketing and distribution - that it takes to produce a short fiction film. Students take an existing script and work through all of the stages to make that script ready for production. Prereq: DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3555. Corporate Media. 3 cr. hrs.

Analysis and practice in the development of media for the corporate world. In the context of real-world projects, students learn about budgets, schedules, contracts, audience and objectives. Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3610. Program Development. 3 cr. hrs.

Planning and development of programs for various media platforms. Development of materials and techniques related to pre-production of programs. Prereq: DGMD major or minor and Jr. Standing; DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3700. Global Television. 3 cr. hrs.

Explores the role of culture, economics, politics and technology in determining the nature of television content in different countries, how television programming travels around the globe and the geopolitical impact of US media in other parts of the globe. Prereq: DGMD major or minor; INME major; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3840. Media Aesthetics. 3 cr. hrs.

Students explore aesthetics through a variety of film and television texts. Emphasis on developing a critical eye as both a media viewer and producer. Prereq: DGMD major or minor; or INME major; or FILM minor; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 3964. Practicum in Student Media. 1-3 cr. hrs.

MU Radio or MUTV staff members can receive 1-3 credit hours depending on number of hours worked. S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of instr.

DGMD 3986. Internship in Digital Media. 3 cr. hrs.

Observation, participation, and experience in a radio, television, cable, or corporate setting. Augmented with selected readings, papers or conferences with adviser. 0 credit will be SNC/UNC grade assessment; 1-3 credit(s) will be S/U grade assessment. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

DGMD 3999. Advanced Production and Portfolio. 3 cr. hrs.

Advanced video, audio and post production techniques as applied to professional level work. Emphasis on development of a portfolio and career preparation. Must have taken at least two Intermediate production courses. Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; DGMD major; Jr. stndg.

DGMD 4260. Documentary Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Students create documentary digital media projects that employ non-fiction story structure and advanced techniques of shooting and editing, including hand-held and stationary camera, audio and microphone techniques and field lighting. Learn documentary theory and history, and also master project research, development, production and editing techniques. By developing individual voice and storytelling techniques, students create original, meaningful non-fiction works. Prereq: DGMD 2205, DGMD major and Sr. stndg.; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4280. Narrative Production. 3 cr. hrs.

Create a short film, executing each step of production (pre-production to post-production). Professional film crew roles are stressed. Rotate through many of the technical positions of a small production team (camera operator, sound recordist, gaffer, DIT, editor, etc). Emphasis on skills mastery and portfolio development. Prereq: DGMD 2205; DGMD major; Sr. stndg.; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4345. Advanced Scriptwriting. 3 cr. hrs.

Development and writing of scripts for television and/or feature films. Includes development of concepts for new television series, miniseries and movies for television, and study of their specific writing requirements, as well as writing for current television series. Writing workshop approach. Prereq: DGMD 2335, DGMD major and Sr. stndg.; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4800. Digital Media Law and Policy. 3 cr. hrs.

Focuses on contemporary problems in media law and policy. Emphasis is placed on the Internet, mobile and social media, broadcasting, broadband and emerging technologies and on the most current legal and policy controversies and debates affecting those media. Students debate and seek to resolve law and policy problems while also studying and critiquing policymaking processes. Prereq: COMM 3800 or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4810. Radio and Television History. 3 cr. hrs.

Historical, cultural and commercial growth of American radio and television, with special emphasis on programming, from pre-network origins to the present. Covers key genres, persons, issues, trends and developments. Prereq: DGMD major or minor; INME major; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4845. History of Documentary. 3 cr. hrs.

An overview and historical exploration of the documentary genre. Traces the history of documentary from its origin with the advent of film to current times, examining major trends in documentary. Prereq: DGMD major or minor; INME major; Film minor; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4850. Television Criticism. 3 cr. hrs.

Stimulating serious thought about television as a societal force. Examines the major critical approaches that have historically been applied to television programming. Studies major television scholars whose work appears in academic publications and the mass media. Prereq: DGMD major or minor; INME major; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4860. Digital Campaign Strategies, Planning and Analysis. 3 cr. hrs.

Examines digital campaigns that focus on political or social action issues. Goal is to develop more informed consumers and critics of political and social action communication campaigns. Exposure to relevant theories, methods and ideas, and application of that knowledge to current campaign activity. Explores how campaigns have changed over time, campaign planning, how attitudes are influenced, opinions are created and behaviors are triggered and campaign design and evaluation.

DGMD 4931. Topics in Digital Media. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Various topics in digital media to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Includes screenings and/or other activities. Lecture/lab format. Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4953. Seminar in Digital Media. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Special subjects of seminar to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Variable topics. Does not count for senior capstone Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4961. Special Institute/Workshop/Project. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Various topics in digital media to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. Includes screening and/or other activities. Prereq: DGMD 2205 and DGMD 2335; or cons. of instr.

DGMD 4995. Independent Study in Digital Media. 1-3 cr. hrs.

Faculty-supervised, independent study/research of a specific area or topic in digital media. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.

DGMD 4999. Senior Thesis. 1-3 cr. hrs.

The application of rigorous methodology in developing and writing a thesis under the direction of an adviser. Prereq: Cons. of dept. ch.