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Curriculum, Digital Media Informatics

The purpose of the digital media informatics major is to ensure graduates gain knowledge in communications, computers, and information systems so that they attain key competencies and an appreciation of the depth of the field. 

The program is designed to give students broad knowledge and flexibility in choosing a specialized focus that can be adapted to the changing job market and social environment. Therefore, in addition to core courses in digital media informatics, students pursue a specialized concentration that includes related courses that meet their interests and needs.

Finally, digital media informatics students take part in a two-semester digital media informatics capstone experience during their senior year.

Concentrations

Students can choose classes from four specialized concentrations:

Audio-Visual

This concentration focuses on broadcast media. Students gain skills in television, radio and film production, including visual effects and digital editing.

Graphics, Mobile, & Web Development

This concentration focuses on graphics and Web design and mobile app development. Students become proficient in critical aspects of interactive multimedia design and production.

Gaming & Artificial Intelligence

This concentration focuses on various aspects of game and computer graphic design. Students gain skills in designing software that is capable of intelligent behavior. 

Digital Writing

This concentration focuses on integrative studies of creative writing and information technology. Students gain skills in multimedia, technical and broadcast news writing, which open up career opportunities in the digital content writing field.

Course Offerings

Students choose one concentration and complete four courses from the selected concentration. They also complete two additional courses from any concentration.

Audio-Visual (select four courses)

COMS 260 Basic Video

COMS 265 Radio & Audio Production

COMS 360 Advanced Video

COMS 384 Visual Effects in Film & TV

COMS 395 Editing Film and Video

MSTU 309 Musical Aspects of Recording

Graphics, Mobile, & Web Development (select four courses)

COMS 266 Basic Web Design

COMS 264 Layout & Design

COMS 364 Digital Imaging

COMS 368 Interactive Media

CSCI 311 Mobile App Development

CSCI 371 Computer Graphics I *

Gaming & Artificial Intelligence (select four courses)

CSCI 175 Introduction to Game Design or CSCI 125 Animation and Virtual Worlds with Alice

CSCI 355 Artificial Intelligence I **

CSCI 371 Computer Graphics I *

CSCI 372 Computer Graphics II *

CSCI 375 Game Design and Programming *

Digital Writing (select four courses)

PRWR 110 Fundamentals of Journalism

COMS 217 Broadcast Newswriting

PRWR 320 Technical Writing

PRWR 330 Multimedia Writing for Business and Training Program

PRWR 370 Writing in the Sciences

 

* Required prerequisite: MATH 151, CSCI 257 & 258

** Required prerequisite: MATH 151, CSCI 257 & 258, and also PHIL 120


For more information about the courses and requirements for digital media informatics, please refer to our course catalog.