Bachelor of Arts

Digital Media & Design

Digital media and design is not just about looks or how it works. It is about inspiration. Visualization. And if it can sway the intended audience. TU’s digital media and design program perfectly blends creativity and computer skills to create animation, media, digital production and interactive applications and websites, to establish your future on the cutting edge of technology and art.

Digital media and design is a growing applied arts field. TU’s program will prepare graduates to work with interactive web and app development businesses creating educational, entertainment-based and commercial mobile apps, websites, modelers, concept artists and technical directors in animation studios, interactive gaming companies and virtual reality labs.

Our students will interpret and synthesize information to create visual designs that problem solve through the use of photography, video, and multi-media, resulting in a digital media portfolio. Classes focus on graphic design principles across all multi-media platforms and how to deliver products for real-world clients. Students will be proficient in website development, video creation and the Adobe Creative Cloud toolkit to produce multi-media products.

Graduates of the digital media and design program will be able to design websites, work in the television and film industry as a director of photography, videographer, special effects artist or editor. Printing, graphic design and photography industries also employ digital media and design majors to manage the creation and production of digital promotional materials.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, multimedia artists and animators’ 2017 median pay was $70,530 per year, or $33.91 per hour with an entry level education of a bachelor’s degree. In 2016, the number of jobs in the field was 73,700. The job outlook in 2016-2026 has an 8% increase, adding 6,200 jobs.

According to the same source, web developer’s media pay was $67,990 per year, or $32.69 per hour with an entry-level education of an associate's degree. In 2016, the number of jobs in the field was 162,900. The job out look in 2016-2026 has a 15% increase (much faster than average), adding 24,400 jobs.

Core Curriculum of the School of Arts & Sciences 18 hours

  • ENG 152 Intro. Technical Writing
  • DMD 134 Intro to Digital Media
  • COM 324 Communicating Across Cultures
  • DMD 230 Digital Video I
  • COM 310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • SAS 470 Internship

Digital Media and Design Major 39 hours

  • ART 120 2-D Design
  • ART 130 3-D Design
  • DMD 234 Digital Photography I
  • CST 201 Programming
  • CIS 255 Internet and Website Development
  • DMD 320 Web Design
  • DMD 334 Digital Video II
  • ART 324 Digital Mixed Media
  • ART 325 Graphic Design
  • DMD 434 Digital Photography II
  • ART 420 Interactive Digital Design
  • DMD 454 eLearning/eTraining Content Development
  • SAS 499 Senior Seminar

Attachments

  • ENG 152 Introduction to Technical Writing
  • DMD 134 Intro to Digital Media
  • COM 324 Communicating Across Cultures
  • DMD 230 Digital Video I
  • COM 310 Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
  • DMD 234 Digital Photography I  
  • CST 201 Programming
  • DMD 320 Web Design
  • DMD 334 Digital Video II
  • DMD 434 Digital Photography II
  • DMD 454 eLeaning/eTraining Content Development

Total BA 121 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.

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

There are no related concentrations available.

3-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.

  • Animation Concept Artist
  • Animation Modelers
  • Director of Photography
  • Gaming Develope
  • Interactive App Developer
  • Interactive Web Developer
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Technical Director
  • Television and Film Editor
  • Videographer

This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …

Testimonials

  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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  • “I was faced with the pressure of being the very first to graduate from college in my immediate family. Not coming from a wealthy or 'well off' background, college was just a very faint thought, even approaching my senior year in high school. I dealt with self-esteem issues throughout my high school career and I found it hard to see myself anywhere than where I was. My perceived challenges were rooted from me and my surrounding circumstances. Here at TU, I was able to overcome my fears and put myself in a position that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Becoming a Dragon was the best decision I have ever made.”

    Nellene Arnett
    Class of 2017
    Toledo, Ohio

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  • John Carpenter
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    – John Carpenter

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  • Omar Alfehri
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    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

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