The Bachelor of Design in Digital Multimedia Design program requires you to complete a minimum of 120 credits.
Note: For COMM 215: Basic Photography for Communications, students will need access to a digital camera, which may be rented through the University or purchased separately. Student-purchased equipment must meet specifications outlined by the department. Please email [email protected] for more details.
Course List - Bachelor of Design in Digital Multimedia Design
|Intro to Digital Arts: Computer Graphics||ART 201||Art 201 is a course introducing digital art, design, and new media concepts using graphic applications on the computer.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Digital Art and Design Criticism||ART 211Y||An introduction to the language, aesthetics, and cultural impacts of digital art and design in contemporary society.||3 credits|
|Basic Photography for Communications||COMM 215||An introduction to digital photography, emphasizing camera skills, aesthetics and storytelling.||3 credits|
|Writing for Media||COMM 230W||The application of creativity to the practical concerns of narrative script and radio/television spot writing.
Prerequisite: ENGL 015 and ENGL 202
|Digital Multimedia Design Foundations||DMD 100||This course introduces students to concepts, skills, language and principles of practice in art and design, communication, and information sciences.||3 credits|
|Digital Multimedia Design Studio||DMD 300||In this course students synthesize concepts, theories, and applications acquired in introductory courses and think critically about their professional objectives.
Prerequisite: DMD 100
|Digital Multimedia Design Capstone||DMD 400||In this capstone, students develop portfolio projects by applying creative production concepts, tools, and approaches to a contemporary issue.
Prerequisite: DMD 100, DMD 300
|Introduction to Application Development||IST 140||A first course in concepts and skills for application development.
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better is required in: MATH 021 or placement above the level of MATH 021 in the mathematics placement test
|Introduction to Web Design and Development||IST 250||Introduction to how the World Wide Web utilizes emerging technologies. Students acquire conceptual and practical understanding of constructing websites. Recommended preparation: IST 110||3 credits|
|Introduction to Visual Studies||ART 010||Introduction to visual studies; pictorial space and the principles of visual organization.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Drawing||ART 020||Introductory experience in making of art through drawing media; designed for non-majors seeking general overview of studio practice.||3 credits|
|3D Design Fundamentals||ART 202||This course introduces students to foundational skills for producing images, videos, objects, and interactive real-time virtual spaces with 3D software.||3 credits|
|The Art of Web Design||ART 203||This course will focus on utilizing graphic formats ideal for web-based work and designing with web standards.||3 credits|
|Animation Fundamentals||ART 204||This course provides foundational knowledge for creating animated works that communicate ideas, enhance user interaction, and inspire critical reflection.||3 credits|
|Digital Portfolio Elements||ART 302||The creation of more involved digital projects that may ultimately be included in the students' digital portfolio.
Prerequisite: ART 201 or ART 203
|Portfolio Design and Professional Practices||ART 402||This course emphasizes the development of presentation skills for digital artists in audience/client interactions.
Prerequisite: ART 302
|Design Thinking and Creativity||A&A 121||An introductory and multidisciplinary exploration of the theory, process, methods, and artifacts of design, achieved through an examination of ideas, examples, and applications.||3 credits|
|Introduction to Media Effects||COMM 118||Examination of individuals' selection, uses and perceptions of media and the effects of media on individuals' attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.||3 credits|
|Survey of Electronic Media and Telecommunications||COMM 180||The development of electronic media and telecommunications, emphasizing social, economic, political and global impact.||3 credits|
|Principles of Strategic Communications||COMM 428A||Provides an overview of the various media and communications methods that comprise modern integrated marketing campaigns.||3 credits|
|Social Media Strategies||COMM 428E||This course covers social media theory, tools, and best practices to prepare students for current and future use of social media.||3 credits|
|Graphic Applications in Print Communications||COMM 468||Issues, concepts, and practice identified with contemporary design strategies for print journalism, advertising, and public relations.
Prerequisite: COMM 260W or COMM 320
|Advanced Multimedia Production||COMM 481||Advanced work in multimedia production using web authoring, video editing, audio editing, image editing, and animation software.
Prerequisite: COMM 270 or COMM 260W plus one of the following: COMM 269, COMM 360, COMM 460, COMM 462 or permission of program
|Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development||IST 242||Intermediate application development including algorithms, data structures, and object-oriented concepts.
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better is required in: IST 140 or CMPSC 121 or IST 240
|Object-Oriented Design and Software Applications||IST 311||Introduction to object-oriented applications including applications in an Object Oriented Design (OOD) language or OOD languages.
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better is required in IST 242 or CMPSC 221
|Usability Engineering||IST 413||This course addresses activities in the system development process that ensure usability. It considers the emerging concept of usability, requirements gathering and analysis, activity design, information design, interaction design, documentation design, user testing, and usability evaluation.
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better is required in: IST 331
|Choose 6 credits of history of art, design, technology, and communications courses in consultation with an adviser.||6 credits|
|Choose 12 credits in related areas in consultation with an adviser.||12 credits|
|Select 6 credits of 200 to 400–level business courses from: ACCTG, BA, ECON, FIN, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, or SCM. A letter grade of C or higher is required for all ACCTG courses. You are encouraged to work with your adviser to identify the appropriate supporting courses.|
|Arts – GA||6 credits|
|Humanities – GH||6 credits|
|Health and Wellness – GHW||3 credits|
|Natural Sciences – GN||9 credits|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences – GS||6 credits|
|Writing and Speaking – GWS*||9 credits|
|Quantification – GQ*||6 credits|
|Integrative Students||(6 credits)***|
*A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.
**12 credits are included in the requirements for the major.
***This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements.
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