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Bachelor of Arts

Digital Media & Design

On Campus
Academics / School of Arts & Sciences / Digital Media & Design

PREPARE TO THRIVE AS A 21ST-CENTURY DESIGNER.

Digital media and design is where art, communications, business and digital media meet. Tiffin University’s digital media and design program perfectly blends creativity and computer skills to offer a broad education in graphic design, web development, interactive design, digital A/V production and editing, multimedia presentation and more. Come and establish your future on the cutting edge of technology and art.

The B.A. in Digital Media & Design is a hands-on creative program that will help you to excel as a communicator, graphic designer and marketer. Using the latest industry standard software and hardware, you’ll develop a wide range of career-ready skills – from graphic design, photography and videography to digital marketing, social media and technical writing.

In the program, you’ll work as professionals do – in our dedicated Digital Media Lab, a multimedia production area featuring high-end workstations and a video studio for the creation and editing of digital media projects. In your assignments and projects, you’ll learn to collaborate with other creative students, just as today’s creative professionals must communicate and work closely with others.

You’ll prepare for an exciting career in digital media and design, an industry that offers immense opportunity. Every organization and company is putting emphasis in digital communication to reach audiences that consume digital information. It is a rising field with many job openings for the future – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities will increase 14 percent from 2020 to 2030.

Professional Digital Media & Design Training

Our digital media & design program will open up a broad spectrum of exciting career opportunities:

  • Design interactive websites.
  • Create innovative digital marketing campaigns.
  • Pursue a career in digital photography.
  • Work as a concept artist or technical director in an animation studio.
  • Work in the television and film industry as a director of photography, videographer, special effects artist or editor.
  • Design and develop content for interactive gaming companies and virtual reality labs.
  • Work with interactive web and app development businesses that are creating educational, entertainment-based and commercial mobile apps.
  • Manage the creation and production of digital promotion materials.
  • Write for digital and mass media.

As part of the digital media & design program, you’ll engage with faculty who bring years of experience in fields that include digital media, web design, multimedia, videography, photography, visual arts and more.

Working closely with these creative professionals, you’ll develop your own creative skills and also grow your technical ability. You’ll create and edit digital media using high-tech and specialized equipment and professional-standard software. And, you’ll experience the real world of digital media and design in a required internship as part of your curriculum requirements.

As a result of TU’s real-world digital media & design education, you’ll develop a wealth of career-ready skills, including:

  • Communication
  • Computer skills
  • Content management
  • Digital marketing and analytics
  • Digital mixed media
  • Digital photography
  • Digital video and editing
  • Graphic design
  • Interactive digital design
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Marketing
  • Organizational ability
  • Problem-solving
  • Programming
  • Technical skills relevant to the field
  • Website design
  • Writing and editing

All digital media classes are intentionally limited in size, so that professors can work individually with you on learning projects. You’ll complete actual projects in the classroom to learn the skills necessary to work in digital media positions. You’ll also pursue assignments outside the classroom and share with your classmates what you’ve learned through your completed projects.

You’ll also have the opportunity to engage in community-based learning projects. Many non-profit agencies don’t have the financial depth to hire a digital media specialist, so our students have had opportunities to work with non-profit agencies to support communication to the public. As just one example, our students have worked with Humane Societies to take photographs of animals that need to find a “forever” family.

Your Digital Portfolio

In the digital media field, a portfolio is an important asset to exhibit to potential employers and clients. Along with the skills you learn in classes, you’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a required internship. Projects – across various digital media such as video, web content, social media, photography and graphic design – completed in the classroom and in your internship will add impressive, real-world pieces to your portfolio.

CURRICULUM

HUMANITIES CORE

  • COM310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication – 3 hours
  • COM324 Communicating Across Cultures – 3 hours
  • DMD134 Introduction to Digital Media – 3 hours
  • DMD230 Digital Video I – 3 hours
  • ENG152 Introduction to Technical Writing – 3 hours
  • SAS470 Internship – 3 hours

Total18 hours

MAJOR: DIGITAL MEDIA & DESIGN

  • ART120 Two-Dimensional Foundations – 3 hours
  • ART130 Three-Dimensional Foundations – 3 hours
  • ART324 Digital Mixed Media – 3 hours
  • ART325 Graphic Design – 3 hours
  • ART420 Interactive Digital Design – 3 hours
  • CST255 Internet and Website Development – 3 hours
  • CST201 Programming – 3 hours
  • DMD234 Digital Photography I – 3 hours
  • DMD320 Web Design – 3 hours
  • DMD334 Digital Video II – 3 hours
  • DMD434 Digital Photography II – 3 hours
  • DMD454 eLearning/eTraining Content Development – 3 hours
  • SAS499 Senior Seminar – 3 hours

Total39 hours

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

SAMPLE COURSES

Three-Dimensional Foundations (ART130) – This hands-on, introductory course will introduce students to the language and experience of 3-dimensional form. Assignments will encourage students to develop concepts, work through ideas, to experiment and to embrace risks in the design process. Both traditional as well as non-traditional 3-dimensional media will be emphasized. Students are exposed to the role of 3-dimensional concepts as a basis for sculpture, architecture and industrial design. Problem solving on an individual and group level is stressed.

Graphic Design (ART325) – This course will investigate the mechanics of visual perception using digital design tools. Focus will be on the formal properties of design including space, line, plane, mass, shape, texture, and color; and the organizational fundamentals of unity, balance, rhythm and movement. Students will prepare and produce a series of digital design projects that are relevant to professional practices. Emphasis will be given to the principles of planning and visual thinking needed to communicate ideas. Problem solving on an individual and group level will be stressed.

Interactive Digital Design (ART420) – This course examines the aesthetic, conceptual and technical foundations of new media art-making. Students explore the form and space of new media images through a wide variety of materials and media, including creating and editing digital images, audio and video and embedding multimedia in Web pages. The course emphasizes strategies for idea generation and story-telling on multiple platforms through hands-on production of new media art combined with discussion of its place in contemporary society.

Programming (CST201) – Introduces structured programming using a programming language such as Visual Basic. The student will learn to design and develop Windows based applications that are event-driven (point and click). Record structures will be developed along with file storage and manipulation techniques. The course will expose the student to the object-oriented programming environment.

Communicating Across Cultures (COM324) – Introduction to the study of cultural and intercultural theory and behavior, discussion of various culturally specific patterns of communication. This is a writing intensive course.

FORMAT

On Campus – Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

The field of digital communications is indispensable to most organizations today. Now is an opportune time to explore the field, as there is a rapidly increasing demand in the job market for individuals with digital media skills. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates digital media and communication occupations is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030.

CAREERS

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Analytics Specialist
  • Design Concept Artist
  • Digital Marketer
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Director of Photography
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Gaming Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interactive App Developer
  • Interactive Web Developer
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Production Assistant
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Teacher/Tutor
  • Technical Director
  • Television and Film Editor
  • Video Editor
  • Videographer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Editor

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Kevin Dietrich
Class of 2023
Tiffin, Ohio
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