Major in Digital Media and Web Technology

Students may seek an academic major or minor in digital media and Web technology.

The digital media and Web technology major is designed to help prepare students for a career in the field of digital design. The flexible program of study allows students to specialize in Web technology, motion graphics, or digital design, as well as integrate courses from multiple disciplines to meet career interests and educational goals. The program offers hands-on experience in creating digital works using industry-standard software. The curriculum covers the theories, technologies, techniques, and best practices that govern the effective design of interactive, immersive, and engaging digital media across multiple delivery platforms. The major prepares students to work in areas such as Web design, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in digital media and Web technology should be able 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 sound techniques for scripting and programming.
  • Effectively apply relevant theories, practices, and principles when designing and developing works of digital media.

Degree Requirements

A degree with a major in digital media and Web technology requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Digital Media and Web Technology Major

Coursework for a major in digital media and Web technology includes the following:

  • Foundation courses (6 credits): CMST 290 and 295
  • Required core course sequence (6 credits): CMST 385386 (Web technologies), CMST 341342 (motion graphics), or CMST 310311 (digital design)
  • Supplemental major courses (15 credits): Chosen from any CMST, CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CSIA, and IFSM courses (Note: Taking courses within a single topic area—Web technologies, motion graphics, or digital design—is highly recommended.)
  • Required capstone course (3 credits): CMST 495

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in digital media and Web technology. Coursework for the major is indicated by Coursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

Digital Media and Web Technology Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • EDCP 100 Principles and Strategies of Successful Learning (3)
    (strongly recommended as first course)
  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits)

  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    or CMST 301 Digital Media and Society (3)
  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4) 
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • CMIS 102 Introduction to Problem Solving and Algorithm Design (3)
    (fulfills the computing requirement)
  • ECON 103 Economics in the Information Age (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)

  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • Coursework for the major CMST 295 Fundamentals of Digital Media (3)
  • NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture course
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course)
  • Coursework for the major CMST 290 Introduction to Interactive Design (3)
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses)

  • WRTG 393 Advanced Technical Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course
  • Coursework for the major CMST 385 Principles of Web Design and Technology I (3)
    or CMST 341 Principles of Multimedia I
    or
    CMST 310 Fundamentals of Electronic Publishing
  • Coursework for the major CMST 386 Principles of Web Design and Technology II (3)
    or CMST 342 Principles of Multimedia II
    or
    CMST 311 Advanced Electronic Publishing
  • Coursework for the major CMST 306 Introduction to Visual Basic .NET Programming (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMST 388 Fundamentals of JavaScript (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMST 460 Web Application Development Using ColdFusion (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMST 463 Web Application Development Using PHP/MySQL (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major CMST 450 Web Development Using XML (3)
    or other supplemental major course

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in the last 9 credits)

  • Coursework for the major CMST 495 Current Trends and Projects in Digital Media and Web Technology (3)

Minor and/or Elective Courses (46)
(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses)

Recommended Minor

Business administration

Recommended Electives
 

Total credits for BS in digital media and Web technology: 120

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