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 

Prescribed Courses (27 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
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
3 credits
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  
3 credits
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 
3 credits
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 
3 credits
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
Additional Courses (Choose 30 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description 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  
3 credits
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  
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
Introduction to Telecommunications Technologies COMM 280 Students will evaluate content creation and distribution methods and demonstrate proficiency across emerging digital products and services. 3 credits
Idea Development and Media Writing COMM 342 Introduction to various modalities of idea development and written expression for media production. 3 credits
Photography for the Mass Media COMM 469

Development of an informed and critical approach to photocommunication; individual and team projects, seminars, and critiques.

Prerequisite: COMM 269

3 credits
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  
3 credits
Internet Law and Policy COMM 492

Development in the law, policy, and business of Internet-mediated communications and commerce; emphasis on impact on existing legal, regulatory, and economic models.

Prerequisite: COMM 180

3 credits
Entrepreneurship in the Information Age COMM 493

Provides students with knowledge/tools to take their innovation/technology idea through the business planning, capital, and operations budgeting processes.

Prerequisite: COMM 180, COMM 380, or permission of the program

3 credits
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  
3 credits
Application Development Design Studio IST 261

This studio course will provide opportunities for students to practice the technical skills acquired in their foundation application design and development courses, specifically, in IST 140 and IST 242. 

Enforced Prerequisite: C or better in IST 242

3 credits
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  
3 credits
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  
3 credits
Supporting Courses (18 credits)
Description Credits
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


General Education (45 credits**)
Description Credits
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 Studies (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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