Digital Media

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Location: Boston

Why Digital Media?

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media offers a hands-on, collaborative way to explore core creative concepts and innovative ideas in diverse areas of the digital media world.

Students in the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media will build their skills and expertise while gaining experience using a variety of industry-standard and cutting-edge technologies and tools. Our curriculum is organized around three types of experiences: core courses, concentration electives, and a thesis project. Our core courses in media creation, information design and development, usability, and narrative structure provide a baseline for producing content-rich experiences. A series of electives are offered in six distinctive areas: 3-D animation, game design, interactive design, digital video, social media, or digital media management. In the thesis project experience, you’ll work with the guidance of a faculty advisor to channel your passion into a project that provides tangible evidence of your abilities.

Whether you are a full-time or part-time student, our cohort structure allows you to complete your degree while building meaningful working relationships with students from around the globe. Team-based assignments strengthen your project management and leadership skills, and allow you to take part in the design and development of more complex media projects than you could by working alone. The team efforts will also prepare you for your future as a professional in digital media’s collaboration-oriented culture.


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Unique Features

  • In-depth Thesis Project experience working under guidance of faculty advisor
  • Six concentration options provide specialized focus on distinctive areas of digital media as well as optional digital media workshops
  • Cohort program format designed to enhance collaboration and networking opportunities for students

Program Objectives

  • Leverage your existing professional experience and knowledge in a technology-centric media world
  • Apply visual language concepts and systems to a wide variety of projects
  • Understand fundamental programming concepts and their application to digital media design
  • Study character and story development across a variety of digital media
  • Explore the expression of motion in time and space
  • Create your own media content by integrating video, animation, motion graphics, sound, and programming logic

Career Outlook

Companies of all sizes and industries need creative thinkers to help them build and disseminate compelling digital stories for marketing, messaging, and entertainment. Employment projections vary for each concentration, but demand and reward for interactive designers, game designers, video editors and producers, and social media experts continues to expand at an above-average pace.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media General Requirements

Required Core Courses 

Complete 22 quarter hours:

DGM 6122 - Foundations of Digital Storytelling
4.00
DGM 6145 - Information Technology and Creative Practice
4.00
DGM 6521 - Web Creation for Content Management Systems
2.00

Complete one of the following:

DGM 6140 - Sound Design
4.00
DGM 6168 - Usability and Human Interaction
4.00

Complete one pair of the following:

(Note: students should complete DGM 6890 and DGM 7990 or DGM 7980 and one technical course from the workshop list)

DGM 6890 - Thesis Proposal Development
2.00
DGM 7990 - Thesis
6.00

or

DGM 7980 - Capstone
4.00

One technical course from the workshop list

Free Elective

In addition to their concentration electives, students are encouraged to explore new areas within the digital media space offered both by the program and through related master's programs in the College of Professional Studies. Students are also able to request another digital media course offering as their free elective, as long as they met its prerequisite.

Complete one of the following:

ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
3.00
DGM 6125 - Time-Based Media
4.00
DGM 6300 - Digital Capture and Output
4.00
DGM 6322 - Advanced Digital Storytelling
4.00
DGM 6550 - Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation
4.00
DGM 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
4.00
ITC 6410 - Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems
0.00

INPS 5184 Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations

Or, with approval, complete one course from a digital media concentration.

Workshops

Optional digital media workshops are designed to provide valuable technical skills and tools for students in all graduate degree programs. Students may complete one of the following: 

DGM 6505 - Modeling and Rendering (Intensive)
2.00
DGM 6509 - Integrated Suite Workshop
2.00
DGM 6515 - Introduction to After Effects
2.00
DGM 6518 - Game Programming Intensive 1
2.00
DGM 6519 - Game Programming Intensive 2
2.00
TCC 6620 - Collecting User Data
2.00
TCC 6630 - Introduction to XML
2.00

Concentrations

Concentration in 3D Animation

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

DGM 6450 - Animation Basics
4.00
DGM 6510 - 3-D Modeling
4.00
DGM 6530 - Character Animation
4.00
DGM 6535 - Rigging Principles and Techniques
4.00
DGM 6540 - Compositing
4.00
 

Concentration in Digital Media Management

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

DGM 6230 - Digital Media Entrepreneurship
4.00
DGM 6280 - Managing for Digital Media
4.00
DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
4.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
DGM 6279 - Project Management for Digital Media
4.00
Concentration in Digital Video

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

DGM 6435 - Digital Video Production
4.00
DGM 6440 - Editing in the Digital Studio
4.00
DGM 6520 - Lighting for the Camera
4.00
DGM 6540 - Compositing
4.00
DGM 6545 - Documentary and Nonfiction Production
4.00
DGM 6430 - Screenwriting: Linear and Interactive
4.00
Concentration in Game Design

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

DGM 6308 - Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
4.00
DGM 6400 - Game Design Fundamentals
4.00
DGM 6405 - Game Development
4.00
DGM 6408 - Game Design Algorithms and Data Structures
4.00
DGM 6410 - Game Design Technology Lab
4.00
DGM 6508 - Game Development Intensive
4.00
Concentration in Interactive Design
DGM 6461 - Interactive Information Design 1
4.00

Choose four courses from one of the following two course tracks:

Design Track

DGM 6217 - Typography for Interactivity
4.00
DGM 6463 - Interactive Information Design 2
4.00
DGM 6317 - Screen-Based Publication Design
4.00
DGM 6471 - Designing Infographics
4.00
DGM 6895 - Digital Portfolio Capstone
4.00

Usability and Development Track

DGM 6451 - Web Development
4.00
DGM 6268 - Usable Design for Mobile Digital Media
4.00
DGM 6308 - Intermediate Programming for Digital Media
4.00
TCC 6110 - Information Architecture
4.00
DGM 6525 - Research Methods for Global User Experiences
4.00
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
4.00
Concentration in Social Media

Complete 20 quarter hours from the following:

CMN 6045 - Leveraging Digital Technologies: Strategy, Assessment, and Governance
3.00
CMN 6065 - Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
3.00
DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
4.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
4.00
CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
3.00
 

Did You Know?

Communications and digital media jobs are expected to grow by more than 83K by 2022 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Options

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media offers 6 concentrations, allowing students to align their studies with their personal interests and career goals. 

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Winter