DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS (DIMA)

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Emerging Media

The Digital Media Arts program offers foundational and advanced skills and knowledge about the planning, creation, influence, and critique of media content such as media production, web design, visual design, and interactive and emerging technologies. Digital Media Arts graduates will be able to analyze and produce and develop audiovisual content in its digital media forms.  

Digital Media Arts curriculum draws on the traditions of many disciplines, including Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations, Communication Studies, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Film Studies, English, and Music. Many courses in the major are cross-listed or have a home in those areas. 

Students begin the major by learning foundational skills and theories in a combination of courses, giving them a broad understanding of media and society, visual communication, and how stories are created and how audiences are persuaded by still and moving imagery.  

Majors select an area of emphasis in either Media Production or Media Design. Media Production focuses primarily on the purposes, methods and processes for creating audio-visual messages in diverse mass media formats like television programs, documentaries, news, video games, interactive video, web video and live streaming, educational and social video, and promotions or advertising. Students take introductory and advanced courses in this discipline, including courses in film, video, and audio theory and production. Media Design focuses primarily on the purposes, methods and processes for creating still and interactive audio-visual content, including web design, print design, game design, user-friendly design, and creative coding. Some courses count for both tracks. 

Digital Media Arts minors take the same foundational courses as majors and build on that foundation by taking additional courses in either or both concentrations. 

This major emphasizes both the encoding and decoding sides of media literacy: how the circulation loop of media producers, content, and audiences create and shape our understanding of the world. Students experience working with clients in crafting creative media content for small and big screens, including projects like industrial videos, interactive web design, projects involving community outreach, recruiting videos, documentaries, and short films. 

Students learn to consider the purpose of a message, how to write or design its creative content, and how to produce that content using both basic media technologies like smartphones and advanced media technologies like EFP video cameras, drone cameras, and motion graphics applications. 

While in these courses, students may get hands-on media experience with opportunities at UST at organizations like TommieMedia, KUST, the university’s multimedia studio, the Playful Learning Lab, and STELAR. 

All students will complete the program with a community-focused capstone project course, ensuring that they have a strong portfolio in preparation for career and personal life upon graduation as a media-savvy citizen, creator, and learner. 

Students graduate with the essential skills needed to work in the digital arts: producing for visual media like film, television, and computer-based audio/video and interactive media. Students will have the skills needed to plan, coordinate, and execute media projects as producers and to evaluate media messages as consumer

Major in Digital Media Arts

All majors must take at least 11 courses totaling 44 credits.

All students in the program must complete:

  • DIMA/JOUR 111 Introduction to Mass Media +
  • DIMA/JOUR 232 Visual Media in Theory and Practice +
  • DIMA 240 Digital Imagery and Sound (WI)
  • DIMA 480 Capstone: Digital Media for the Common Good (WID)

Students will also select a major concentration.

Media Production concentration 

Required courses 

  • DIMA 262 Audio Production 
  • DIMA 360 Videography 
  • DIMA 460 Advanced Videography 

Electives in Media Production (Pick 4):

At least one elective 4-credit course must be at the 300/400 level. Electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses. 

  • AMCD 200 American Culture: Power and Identity +
  • ARTH 204 Typography and Visual Culture +
  • ARTH 297 Type Design and History
  • ARTH 304 Typeface Design
  • CISC 131 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving 
  • CISC 360 Data Visualization 
  • COMM 326 Comm. & Popular Culture + 
  • COMM 332 Documentary in American Culture + 
  • COMM 340 TV Criticism +
  • DIMA 246 Game Design
  • DIMA 256 Design Concepts 
  • DIMA 342 Media, Culture and Society
  • DIMA 346 Game Production
  • DIMA 358 Writing and Design for the Web 
  • DIMA 456 Graphic Design Studio 
  • DIMA  475 Experiential Learning 2 cr 
  • DIMA  476 Experiential Learning 2 cr 
  • DIMA  477 Experiential Learning 4 cr 
  • DIMA  478 Experiential Learning 4 cr  
  • DIMA  487 Topics 2 cr 
  • DIMA  488 Topics 2 cr 
  • DIMA  489 Topics 4 cr 
  • DIMA  490 Topics 4 cr 
  • DIMA  491 Research 2 OR 4 cr 
  • DIMA  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4 cr 
  • FILM 200 Intro to Film Studies +
  • FILM 297 Screenwriting 
  • FILM 300 World Cinema 
  • FILM 310 Filmmaking 
  • ENGL 203 Texts in Conversation: Thematic and Intertextual Perspectives +
  • ENGL 204 Texts in Conversation: Perspectives on Language, Culture and Literacy +
  • ENGL 255 Intro to Imaginative Writing +
  • ENGL 325 Special Topics in Genre, Region, or Theme +
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing +
  • FREN 490 French Cinema +
  • JOUR 251 Multimedia Reporting
  • JOUR 330 Media History +
  • JOUR 336 Media Law +
  • JOUR 355 Sports Broadcasting
  • JOUR 451 Advanced Multimedia Reporting
  • MUSC 170 Music of Film 
  • MUSC 205 Advanced Studio Recording +
  • MUSP 110 Digital Music Lessons 
  • SPAN 415 Hispanic Cinema +
  • STCM 234 Principles of Strategic Communication
  • STCM 344 Writing for Strategic Communication 
  • STCM 346 Digital Content & Strategy in Strat. Comm.

Media Design concentration

Required courses 

  • DIMA 256 Design Concepts 
  • DIMA 358 Writing and Design for the Web 
  • DIMA 456 Graphic Design Studio 

Electives in Media Design (Pick 4) 

At least one elective 4-credit course must be at the 300/400 level. Electives can include individual study, experiential learning, study abroad or topics courses. 

  • AMCD 200 American Culture: Power and Identity + 
  • ARTH 204 Typography and Visual Culture +
  • ARTH 297 Type Design and History
  • ARTH 304 Typeface Design
  • CISC 131 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving 
  • CISC 360 Data Visualization 
  • COMM 326 Comm. & Popular Culture +
  • COMM 332 Documentary in American Culture
  • DIMA 262 Audio Production 
  • DIMA 298 Creative Coding 
  • DIMA 342 Media, Culture and Society +
  • DIMA 360 Videography 
  • DIMA 460 Advanced Videography 
  • DIMA  475 Experiential Learning 2 cr 
  • DIMA  476 Experiential Learning 2 cr 
  • DIMA  477 Experiential Learning 4 cr 
  • DIMA  478 Experiential Learning 4 cr  
  • DIMA  487 Topics 2 cr 
  • DIMA  488 Topics 2 cr 
  • DIMA  489 Topics 4 cr 
  • DIMA  490 Topics 4 cr 
  • DIMA  491 Research 2 OR 4 cr 
  • DIMA  495 Individual Study 2 OR cr 
  • ENGL 203 Texts in Conversation: Thematic and Intertextual Perspectives +
  • ENGL 204 Texts in Conversation: Perspectives on Language, Culture and Literacy +
  • ENGL 255 Intro to Imaginative Writing +
  • ENGL 325 Special Topics in Genre, Region, or Theme +
  • ENGL 326 Topics in Creative Writing +
  • JOUR 330 Media History +
  • JOUR 336 Media Law +
  • STCM 234 Principles of Strategic Communication
  • STCM 346 Digital Content & Strategy in Strat. Comm.
  • STCM 344 Writing for Strategic Communication 

Minor in Digital Media Arts

All minors must take at least five courses totaling 20 credits, consisting of the following: 

  • DIMA/JOUR 111 Introduction to Mass Media 
  • DIMA 240 Digital Imagery and Sound 
  • Any additional DIMA-related theory course [+ designates theory courses] 
    or ARTH 204 Typography and Visual Culture +
  • Any additional DIMA-related 200-level production course  
  • Any additional DIMA-related 300/400-level production course 
    Or ARTH 304 Typeface Design

Courses that are not currently on this list of electives for majors or minors may be accepted on a case-by-case basis by the program director. This list will be revised as courses are added to departments' curricula. 

List of Digital Media Arts Courses

Course Number Title Credits
DIMA  111 Intro to Jour & Mass Media 4
DIMA  232 Visual Media Theory & Practice 4
DIMA  240 Digital Imagery and Sound 4
DIMA  246 Game Design 4
DIMA  256 Design Concepts-Communication 4
DIMA  262 Audio Production 4
DIMA  298 Topics 4
DIMA  342 Media, Culture and Society 4
DIMA  346 Game Production 4
DIMA  358 Writing/Designing for the Web 4
DIMA  360 Videography: TV Prod in Field 4
DIMA  456 Media Design Studio 4
DIMA  460 Advanced Video Production 4
DIMA  476 Experiential Learning 1 TO 4
DIMA  480 Digital Media for Common Good 4
DIMA  495 Individual Study 2 TO 4