Unleash your creativity and enhance your technical skills with our online digital media and web technology degree.

Follow your interests and prepare for a career in digital design with University of Maryland University College's Bachelor of Science in digital media and web technology, where you can explore web technology, motion graphics, or digital design.

You'll gain hands-on experience in creating digital works using industry-standard software and incorporating design theory and efficient workflows. You'll be equipped to work in such areas as web design, electronic publishing, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

In your online digital media courses, you'll learn the theories, technologies, techniques, and best practices that govern the effective design of interactive, immersive, and engaging digital media across many different platforms. We'll lead you through the entire design process, from preplanning to concept design to final publishing. You'll use industry-standard Adobe Creative Suite software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and After Effects.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design, develop, and manage digital media using current and emerging technologies that adhere to industry standards
  • Analyze needs and effectively manage projects and resources, applying sound business principles and technology
  • Design and develop digital, interactive, and web-based media to meet customer requirements and usability standards
  • Develop, test, and implement web and multimedia applications using techniques for scripting and programming
  • Effectively apply relevant theories, practices, and principles when designing and developing works of digital media

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design websites and web applications using JavaScript, XML, PHP/MySQL, and ColdFusion
  • Use Adobe InDesign to create publications for print, web, and mobile devices
  • Create a business kit including a company logo, letterhead, business card, and envelope for a client
  • Create simple animation and motion graphics that featured animated text, digital video, flash animation, and more

Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • CMST 290
  • CMST 295
  • CMST 495
  • Any upper-level CMST courses (21 credits): Focused study in either the web design or digital design recommended; see Degree Focus tab

Degree Focus

Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.

Web Design Focus

  • CMST 385
  • CMST 386
  • CMST 325
  • CMST 320
  • CMST 388
  • CMST 450
  • CMST 488

Digital Design Focus

  • CMST 310
  • CMST 311
  • CMST 325
  • CMST 320
  • CMST 425
  • CMST 341
  • CMST 351

General Education Requirements

Writing and Communication Classes | 12 Credits

No more than 3 credits in writing can be earned by exam.

Introductory Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • WRTG 101
  • WRTG 101S

This requirement must be completed within the first 18 credits. A placement test is not required for WRTG 101. The requirement cannot be met through course challenge exams.

Writing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • WRTG 293 or any 3-credit WRTG class EXCEPT for
    • WRTG 486A
    • WRTG 486B
  • ENGL 102
  • JOUR 201

Communication, Writing, or Speech Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

COMM 202

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in COMM, SPCH, or WRTG
  • ENGL 102
  • ENGL 281
  • JOUR 201

Advanced Writing Class (Upper Level) | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

WRTG 393

All Available Options
  • WRTG 391
  • WRTG 393
  • WRTG 394

Research Class | 1 Credit

LIBS 150

Arts and Humanities Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Historical Perspective Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

HIST 125

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH or HIST

Arts and Humanities Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

HUMN 100

All Available Options

A 3-credit class in ARTH, ARTT, ASTD, ENGL, GRCO, HIST, HUMN, MUSC, PHIL, THET, dance, literature, or foreign language

Behavioral and Social Science Classes | 6 Credits

Classes must be from different disciplines.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

ECON 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Behavioral and Social Sciences Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

BEHS 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in ANTH, BEHS, ECON, GEOG, GERO, GVPT, PSYC, or SOCY
  • AASP 201
  • CCJS 100
  • CCJS 105
  • CCJS 350
  • CCJS 360
  • CCJS 461
  • WMST 200

Biological and Physical Sciences Classes | 7 Credits

Laboratory Science Class | 4 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

BIOL 103

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit science lecture class with a related 1-credit lab
  • A 4-credit science class combining lecture and lab chosen from ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Science Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

NSCI 100

All Available Options
  • NUTR 100
  • A 3-credit class in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, NSCI, PHYS, biotechnology, botany, entomology, general science, or zoology

Math Class | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

MATH 106

All Available Options
  • MATH 106
  • MATH 107
  • A 3-credit MATH class at or above the level of college algebra

Computing Classes | 6 Credits

Computing Class | 3 Credits

All Available Options
  • IFSM 201
  • CMST 301

Computing Class Appropriate to Your Major | 3 Credits

Recommended for Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

CMIS 111

All Available Options
  • A 3-credit class in CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV
  • ACCT 326

Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.

  • You must complete a minimum of 120 credits
  • You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor
  • Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMUC:
    • 30 credits (normally the final 30)
    • Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
    • 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
  • At least 45 credits must be upper level and include
    • At least half of the credits required for the major
    • 3 credits in advanced writing
  • The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum
  • At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework

Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions counselor before selecting a double major.

Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMUC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. Contact an admissions counselor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.