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Digital Media Design

Eastern's New Media Studies concentration in Digital Media Design offers students an innovative program of study that is structured in three tiers. All majors take a core set of classes covering the range of new media theories and practices. Then, students select courses from among five Interdisciplinary Exploration categories, clustered around common themes and spanning several fields of study.

All courses incorporate conceptual and hands-on learning to build students’ critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills, and promote development of competencies in digital and print media practices. Particular emphasis is placed on the dynamic, interactive, immersive, and creative applications of digital media forms in order to prepare students to enter careers and meet the challenges of ever-evolving developments in media technologies. Students are encouraged to take internships, and participate in dynamic, cross-disciplinary, creative projects at every level of their academic development.

I. CORE REQUIREMENTS (17–20 CREDITS)

  • NMS 110 Introduction to New Media Studies         
  • NMS 220 Second Year Inquiry Seminar      
  • ART 124 Digital Imaging & Online Media            
  • CSC 110** Introduction to Computing         
  • CSC 249 Visual Basic.net
  • ENG 206 Multimodal Writing Workshop  
  • THE 180 Performance in Context: (when topic is New Media)

*After completing several foundation courses, students are required to submit a portfolio to enroll in 300-level (or higher) studio courses. Students whose portfolios do not meet standards may be required to take supplemental courses. Portfolio Requirements

** CSC 110 may be waived for students with 600 or above on SAT-Math score.

INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPLORATIONS (15 CREDITS): Students select five courses in at least three categories.

CATEGORY I: CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS

  • ART 233 Graphic Design History (4 credits)            
  • COM 215 Media Aesthetics            
  • COM 252 Social Media Strategies
  • ENG/FLM 359 Film Theory       
  • THE 375 Contemporary World Performance         

CATEGORY II: DIGITAL APPLICATIONS

  • ART 213 Creating Information Graphics  
  • COM 220 TV II – Video Field Production    
  • CSC 220 Visualizing for Visual Thinking    
  • CSC 210 Computer Science & Programming I    
  • EES 300 Basics of GIS      
  • THE 345 Programming for Interactive Design        

CATEGORY III: INTERACTIVITY

  • ART 310 Web Design I     
  • ART 343 Introduction to 3D Animation    
  • CSC 212 Computer Game Design & Visualization 
  • PSC 333 Constructing Political Advertisements   
  • THE 285 Intermedial Performance Design I            

CATEGORY IV: SOUND & IMAGE

  • ART 122 Digital Illustration & Page Layout         
  • ART 203 Graphic Design I               
  • MUS 250 Electronic Music I            
  • MUS 307 Film Music in History & Culture 
  • THE 261 Visual Storytelling           
  • THE 281 Theatre Sound Design & Technology  

CATEGORY V: TEXT & CONTEXTS

  • ENG 241 Critical & Creative Thinking         
  • ENG 374 Rhetoric of Hollywood Film         
  • PSC 325 Mass Media & Politics   
  • THE 260 History/Theory of Performance Media  

II. DISCIPLINARY CONCENTRATIONS

Students complete 18-20 credits in one concentration, including Level 3 Writing Intensive and Tier III LAC/capstone course.

DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN (19 CREDITS)

REQUIRED 10 CREDITS

  • ART 329 Graphic Design II             
  • ART 335 Graphic Design III            
  • ART 402 Issues in Contemporary Art (4 credits)   

SELECT 6 CREDITS

  • ART 325 2D Animation   
  • ART 326 User Interface & Interaction Design    
  • ART 332 Photo Imaging: Art & the Digital Camera
  • ART 342 Illustration II      
  • ART 351 Motion Graphic Design 
  • ART 403 Advanced 3D Animation               
  • ART 412 Web Design II   
  • ART 490 Internship          

REQUIRED TIER III CAPSTONE (3 credits)

  • NMS 440 Interdisciplinary Signature Work
    OR
  • ART 432 Eastern Design Group
    OR
  • ART 436 Graphic Design IV
    OR
  • ART 487 Senior Project in NMS   

For other concentrations see New Media Studies Major.