Program Overview

The Digital Media minor combines theory and practice in the ever-expanding world of digital communication. Classes in the minor provide background in writing, communication and visual theory, while focusing on the production of digital media. Students choose from a menu of classes in multimedia, social media and web and information design. They complete a prerequisite course on how to identify, locate and use tools for producing digital communication.

Students completing the Digital Media minor will:

  • Learn how to strategically choose appropriate media formats for a variety of messages
  • Learn how to apply knowledge of audience, context and purpose in creating digital communication
  • Learn how to produce digital content in a variety of media, incorporating both aesthetic and practical concerns
  • Learn how identity and diversity shape digital communication and online communities

Students majoring in any discipline are welcome to pursue the minor in Digital Media. Students may count Two 4-credit electives in the Digital Media minor toward their major and/or another minor. In addition, the prerequisite--WRIT 280--may be counted toward both the student's major and the Digital Media minor. Up to 9 credits may be taken at the lower division.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 21-22 total credits)

Digital Media Prerequisites (2 credits)

  • WRIT 280 Digital Tools for Writing and Communication
    2 credits

    This class begins with students self-assessing their digital skills in several areas, including design for print and digital documents; web tools; visual tools; and project management tools. Students work with the instructor to create a learning contract with the goal of acquiring tools in a certain number of these areas. In order to acquire knowledge of these tools, students complete online tutorials. Only offered S/N.

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Digital Media Electives (19-20 credits)

Multimedia:

  • ARTS 115 Introduction to Photography
    4 credits

    This introductory course focuses on the aesthetic and practical elements of image making in photography. Basic principles of camera work, framing, light and lenses are covered. This course provides a foundation for further study in photography.

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  • ARTS 316 Intermediate Photography
    4 credits

    Intermediate photographic techniques and approaches to image making using digital cameras, editing, software, printers, and lighting equipment. Class projects and discussions include image manipulation, composition, lighting, and film/analog photography, as well as artist movements of the past and contemporary trends in photography. Students explore photography as a creative form.

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  • MDST 364 Indigenous Storytelling and New Media
    4 credits

    This course examines the relationship between the media, community organizing, and community power, with special emphasis on the ways in which new media can facilitate storytelling and organizing efforts in indigenous communities. The course also explores theories of social movements, community organizing, and digital storytelling, and the ways in which theory and application connect in communities to promote social change. Students will examine existing media structures and the ways in which these structures are supported and challenged by the opportunities provided by new media and will tell their own stories using new media tools.

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  • MDST 580 Issues in Communication Technology
    4 credits

    This course is concerned with the impact communication technologies have had and continue to have on human societies. The course begins with a brief examination of two technologies that have had a profound impact on how people think about communication. It looks at the background and impact of current technologies. And it also looks at new and emerging technologies - such as hypermedia, neural nets, virtual reality - speculating about how these technologies will change people in the near future and later in the twenty-first century.

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  • MDST 487 Writing and Producing for Radio/Audio
    4 credits

    This course explores audio as a creative spoken word/sound art form and you learn about podcast creation, international radio programs for development and digital storytelling. Students learn the craft of writing for the ear which can be translated to professional work in broadcast media, advertising, speechwriting or work as an independent artist. Through work as writers, directors and voice talent, students produce projects that range from short dialogue pieces and storytelling to news documentaries, podcast and radio plays.

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  • SCRW 313 Beginning Screenwriting
    4 credits

    The process of writing narrative screenplays will be introduced through writing exercises, screenplay readings, film viewings and discussion. Writing exercises will explore creativity, individual voice and practical skills. Writing in screenplay format will also be covered. Students will finish with at least one complete short screenplay ready for production. This course provides a foundation for further study in screenwriting.

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  • SCRW 315 Film Production and Editing I
    4 credits

    The course introduces the principles and practices of electronic filmmaking as a personal and creative art form. Students will engage in exercises and projects to explore and understand editing, camera work, light, composition, and sound. A variety of cinematic forms will be examined. Student screenplays may be produced. Students will film and edit individual creative projects.

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Digital Media Electives

Social Media:

  • MDST 210 Introduction to Social Media and Online Community
    4 credits

    Social media has changed the ways in which people from around the world interact and relate to one another. This course explores the ways in which social media influence these interactions and change our ideas of what it means to belong to a community. The course also addresses the potential of social media to create opportunities to interact within communities to create social change (revolution) through the use of participatory platforms, such as blogs, wikis, and other open source or low cost online tools. Students will finish the course with an understanding of the ways in which they may use social media to become activists in the glocal environment in which we now find ourselves, and how they influence and are influenced by social media, including tools such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and technology in general. Students will also begin to explore the theoretical basis for the development of online communities.

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  • MDST 484 Social Media in the Enterprise
    4 credits

    This course examines video, multimedia, satellite and limited broadcast system's impact within companies and educational organizations. Students are introduced to business/educational corporate-image videos, corporate television, point-of-sale multimedia, instructional video, multimedia presentations and site-to-site communication. Students are provided with the information and theories to implement use of video, television and multimedia within an organization. As more and more businesses, schools and institutions come to rely on media products and tools, the ability to craft appropriate scripts for these applications is more important than ever. This course also targets the need to serve and address distinctive audiences and provides career and management guidance for media writers and producers.

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  • MDST 485 Communicating with New Media
    4 credits

    This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to effectively promote and advocate for events, organizations, or issues using a variety of social media and multi-media. Students will combine online writing (or blogging) with other forms of social networking and media (wikis, YouTube, Facebook, and/or Twitter) to build a comprehensive online initiative promoting a timely and relevant issue or event either of their choosing or provided by the instructor. Students will increase their knowledge of online rhetoric, audience research, planning for media events, script or treatment writing, and evaluation of communication programs.

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Digital Media Electives: Web and Information Design

  • WRIT 373 Writing and Designing for the Web I
    4 credits

    This course introduces students to the principles, processes, and techniques of front-end Web development. Students gain solid knowledge and practical skills in HTML, CSS, website genres, design patterns, Web writing, and usability. Students will analyze and build websites. Students must already possess basic satisfactory digital literacy, such as managing files and folders, and adding and removing programs.

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  • WRIT 573 Writing and Designing for the Web II
    4 credits

    This course builds on knowledge and skills learned in WRIT 373 (e.g., HTML, CSS, web writing) and expands training of technical skills and Web development strategy. Advanced topics include content strategy, responsive design for mobile interfaces, information architecture, user experience, and extensive training of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery. Elements of Web strategy and collaborative work are also covered. Students use professional software tools. Students must possess intermediate or advanced digital skills.

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  • WRIT 341 Writing the News in a Digital World
    4 credits

    In this course, students analyze principles and methods of news gathering and reporting for web, broadcast and print news media. They then prepare a weekly schedule of reporting assignments, similar to those that might be completed by a newsroom intern. Students also complete several major assignments employing various news writing styles for digital, broadcast and print media.

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  • WRIT 342 Writing for Online and Print Magazines
    4 credits

    This course covers the critical skills needed to write articles for magazines, whether print or online. In addition, students learn by analyzing a variety of magazines. Topics include brainstorming and proposing story ideas, targeting writing to a specific audience, gathering research, sharpening skills for story organization, and writing for a variety of online environments.

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  • MDST 583 Online Education and Training
    4 credits

    This course is designed to provide information and experience integrating media into training and education with an emphasis on instructional design, online communities, and online collaboration. Students learn concepts and techniques to enable them to analyze various online learners and learning situations and to choose appropriate approaches.

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Digital Media Internship

  • WRIT 350I Writing Individual Internship
    0 credits

    Students obtain internships in selected areas of study to gain deeper understand of knowledge, skills and the context of a given field. Faculty members serve as evaluators and liaisons between the internship sites and the university, providing information to students and potential supervisors and supervising the learning experience. Internships normally earn between one and four credits, require 40 work hours per credit, and may be served through a standard hours/work schedule or with flexible work hours.

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  • MDST 350I Media Studies Individual Internship
    0 credits

    Students obtain internships in selected areas of study to gain deeper understand of knowledge, skills and the context of a given field. Faculty members serve as liaisons and evaluator between the internship sites and the university, providing information to students and potential supervisors and supervising the learning experience. Internships normally earn between one and four credits, required 40 work hours per credit, and may be served through a standard hours/work schedule or with flexible work hours scheduling, depending on the nature of the internship and site preferences.

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