Digital Media Arts

Major/Minor

The interdisciplinary Digital Media Arts program provides a solid foundation in technology, a rich creative background in the arts, and the communication skills necessary to convey ideas in the digital realm. As media and business environments are increasingly dependent on digital communication competencies, our curriculum offers training for exciting careers in today’s high-tech digital workplace.

Program Locations

Available Majors

  • Digital Media Arts

Through a series of electives, you can also choose to declare an emphasis in graphic design.

Available Minors

  • Digital Media Arts

Courses

  • Drawing I: ART-101 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamentals of free-hand drawing and explores a variety of materials, techniques and subject matter such as still life, landscape and the human form as students identify individual areas of interest and artistic expression. Informal slide presentations and class critiques will expose students to the diversity of drawing and its manifestations in contemporary art and culture. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Color and Design: ART-102 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamental elements and principles of color and design as a communicative tool. The course is designed for students with limited studio background and explores a wide variety of mediums and techniques as students develop technical virtuosity and personal aesthetic. The concepts and design strategies explored in this course can be applied in related areas of computer design, interior design and fashion design. Fulfills the general education requirement in fine arts. [3 credits]
  • Digital Photography I: ART-162 (3 credits)

    Introduces the fundamentals of digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop and emphasizes the exploration of various printing options. Through assigned readings and classroom discussions, students also will gain a critical perspective of the impact of digital imaging on photographic practice. Fulfills general education requirements in fine arts. [3 credits]

  • Introduction to Media Writing: COM-101 (3 credits)

    Explores the various types of writing and rhetorical approaches used in crafting messages for the mass media. Provides experience in writing for journalistic, broadcasting, public relations and advertising needs, with diagnostic attention given to the individual student's writing skills. Writing requirements of the Web and digital media are previewed. Intensive laboratory work assists the student in improvement of skills. Offered in Women's College only. Prerequisite: ENG-101 or permission of department. [3 credits]
  • Social Media: COM-210 (3 credits)

    Engages students in a theoretical and critical look at the incursion of social media (such as blogs, Facebook, Twitter) into human communication processes and considers the implications of use of these media for the future of communication. [3 credits]
  • Media Literacy: COM-310 (3 credits)

    Explores visual and audio literacy through the balance of critical consumption and production skills. Employs a series of units in which students decode complex visual and audio images and then move to composition in both visual and auditory production. Creation of a Web-based portfolio is the culminating unit. [3 credits]
  • Web Animation: CST-260 (3 credits)

    Explores the world of animation as an enhancement and alternative to traditional information delivery. Studies the elements of animation including graphics, sound, interactivity, feedback and special effects, as well as techniques for planning and developing appropriate and effective applications in Flash. Students demonstrate the progression of their skills through the successful completions of a number of practical projects. [3 credits]
  • Web Page Design: CST-261 (3 credits)

    Focuses on coding and design of Web pages using HTML and JavaScript to create high-level Internet content. Includes legal and ethical issues as well as human-computer interaction design concepts. Students demonstrate the progression of their skills through the successful completion of a number of practical projects. [3 credits]
  • Graphic Design I: DMA-101 (3 credits)

    Explores graphic communication through understand-ing the elements and principles of design, as well as the design process, from idea development through final execution. Emphasizes two- dimensional design, color and content creation, while employing the design process of research, sketching and experimentation. [3 credits]
  • Time-Based Media: DMA-201 (3 credits)

    Provides experience in the fundamentals of time-based design. Students will create projects that deal with narrative elements, composition, motion, variables and type. Storyboard project planning and software animation will be covered. [3 credits]
  • Graphic Design, Theory and Practice: DMA-253 (3 credits)

    Offers an introduction to the theories and practices of graphic design. Provides a historical analysis of visual communication with emphasis on the development of the profession of graphic design and the relationship of commerce and technology to the history of graphic design. Formerly ART-253. [3 credits]
  • Graphic Design II: DMA-351 (3 credits)

    Advances computerized graphic design skills with an emphasis on Adobe InDesign. Students learn software-specific skills needed for full color graphic arts and pre-press production. Clear and precise visual communication, problem solving and presentation are stressed. Focus on portfolio development. Formerly ART-351. Prerequisite: DMA-102. [ 3 credits ]
  • Animation and Motion Graphics: DMA-360 (3 credits)

    Engages students in a more intensive investigation of animation through the analysis of motion and transformation with photograph, video, illustration, and animation in traditional and digital media, with a focus on Adobe After Effects. Students learn how images and type are choreographed to produce attractive and dynamic motion graphics. Prerequisite: DMA-201. [3 credits]
  • Typography: DMA-375 (3 credits)

    Investigates problem-solving strategies concerned with the selection, organization and presentation of text. Students will enhance digital typesetting skills to effectively present information in print and motion applications. Topics include origins of the alphabet, typeface classifications, abstract communication with letterforms and design with text. Formerly ART-375. Prerequisite: DMA-101 or permission. [3 credits]
  • Digital Media Practicum: DMA-461 (3 credits)

    Structures a professional-level internship that places students in an entry-level position at a high-tech company in the Greater Baltimore area. Students will work under close supervision of faculty and the agency sponsor with the intention of gaining in-depth experience in the field. [3 credits]
  • College Writing: ENG-101 (3 credits)

    Provides students with an understanding that clear thinking is fundamental to clear writing. It also demonstrates every stage of the composing process: generating and organizing ideas, prewriting and drafting, critiquing, revising, final editing and proofreading. In addition, students work to accomplish clarity, unity, coherence and emphasis in sentences, in paragraphs, and in the overall structure of an essay. They develop techniques of style and tone toward more fluent and appealing prose and strive to sharpen their analytical, critical and editing skills by interacting with other students about their own writing and about the writing of professionals. Students learn to use standard English and develop a sensitivity to sentence structure and diction and to appreciate effectively written prose and recognize characteristics that make such prose effective. To fulfill the general education requirement in composition a minimum grade of C is required. [3 credits]
  • Discrete Mathematics: MAT-110 (3 credits)

    Introduces topics that find their applications in the field of computers and computing. Topics include: logic, proof, graphs, trees and counting techniques. This course is designed for mathematics majors, computer studies majors and students with a particular interest in mathematics.  [3 credits]

  • First Year Seminar: NDMU-100 (3 credits)

    First Year Seminar course (formerly Perspectives in Culture and Education - IDS-100)
  • Introduction to Biblical Studies: RST-201 (3 credits)

    Introduces the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition, exploring their historical and literary contexts, as well as interpretations of religious meaning. Presents modern methods of biblical study, including Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish scholarship. Fulfills general education requirement for 200-level religious studies. [3 credits]

Four-Year Plan

Fall Spring
First Year

NDMU-100 First Year Seminar

3

Foreign Language

3

ENG-101

3

Literature

3

Foreign Language

3

COM-101 Oral Communication

3

ART-101 Drawing 1

3

ART-102 Color and Design

3

DMA-101 Graphic Design I

3

History

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Second Year

Foreign Language

3

PHL-200-level

3

MAT-110 Discrete Mathematics

3

Social Science

3

RST-201 Intro to Biblical Studies

3

COM-310 Media Literacy

3

ART-162 Digital Photography

3

CST-260 Web Animation

3

DMA-201 Time-Based Media

3

DMA-253 GD Theory

3

[15 credits]

 

[15 credits]

 

Third Year

PHL-300/400-level

3

Religious Studies 300/400

3

Natural Science

4

General Electives/Minor

3

DMA-351 Graphic Design II

3

DMA-375 Typography

3

COM-210 Social Media

3

Major Elective

3

CST-261 Web Page Design

3

DMA-360 Motion Graphics

3

[16 credits]

 

 [15 credits]

 

Fourth Year

Physical Education

1

4 General Electives/Minor

9

4 General Electives/Minor

12

DMA-461 Practicum

3

[13 credits]

 

[12 credits]

 

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

Small class sizes offer personal attention while challenging, yet flexible, assignments using a wide variety of hardware and software tools enhance the student experience. An emphasis on collaboration rather than competition creates a supportive environment for peer critiques.

Student Outcomes

After completing the program, you will be able to:

  1. Create effective visual communications strategies that could assist individuals and businesses;
  2. Use technology to address visual communication challenges;
  3. Analyze the historical impact design and visual communications have had on our culture;
  4. Evaluate the moral and ethical issues related to visual media, art, and technology;
  5. Apply formal design principles to solve visual communication problems; and
  6. Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a creative team.

Research & Internship Opportunities

A capstone practicum course includes a semester-long professional internship, which greatly increases employability.

Digital Media Arts Careers

The digital media arts major prepares students for wide range of careers involving creative applications of computer technology.

  • Graphic Design
  • Publication Layout
  • Web Design
  • Animation
  • Video Production
  • Post-Production