Communications Studies Major with an Emphasis in Digital Media
Skill up for a career in digital media
The Communications Studies degree with an Emphasis in Digital Media is for students who want a grounding in Communications Studies with a focus on visual communication through art and computer design (e.g., computer graphics, motion graphics, video production, and web design). Communicating ideas in the workplace, in the classroom, or online demands clarity, precision, efficiency, visual impact, and an awareness of diverse audiences. Refine these skills with advanced courses in debate, persuasion, negotiation, management, and intercultural communication. Classes in presentation graphics, computer-assisted design, writing, and the dynamics of group processes support the advanced speech courses for solid professional preparation.
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Where this degree can take you
Career opportunities within the field of digital media are growing all of the time. Here are just a few paths you could take.
Motion graphic artist
Graphic Design and Color
Learn the basic concepts of design and explore color theory. Understand the basics of visual communication, including the elements of line, shape, color, and composition. This course strives to develop each individual's creative ability and critical awareness.
This class is a comprehensive introduction to computer generated art, graphics, and digital editing for both fine and commercial arts. Explore design and color theory as they apply to digital media. Students will use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for logo design, web layout, topography, and poster design projects.
Build a portfolio and a strong technical foundation in digital photography and printing. This class will introduce you to DSLR cameras, digital editing, the Adobe Creative Suite, and printing with professional printers. Develop visual literacy through critique and discussion. Students will also learn about contemporary photographers and explore their influences.