Digital Media

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Boston
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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 capstone project. Our core courses in information development, usability, and narrative structure provide a baseline for developing, marketing, and managing content-rich experiences. A series of electives is offered in seven distinctive areas: 3-D animation, game design, digital video, social media, digital media management, or one of two tracks in interactive designvisual design or usability and production. In the Capstone project experience, you’ll work with the guidance of a faculty advisor with a small, focused team to channel your passion into a project that provides evidence of your abilities.

Whether you are a full-time or part-time student, you can 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 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 Capstone Project experience working under guidance of a faculty advisor
  • Three concentration options provide specialized focus on distinctive areas of digital media
  • Program format designed to enhance collaboration and networking opportunities for students
  • This is a STEM-designated graduate degree

Program Objectives

  • Leverage your existing professional experience and knowledge in a technology-centric media world
  • Apply human interaction concepts and systems to a wide range of projects
  • Study character and story development across a variety of digital media
  • Develop and test a variety of user experiences for different media and devices

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 UI professionals and social media experts continues to expand at an above-average pace.

Hear from current students and recent graduates of the Digital Media programs about how their Northeastern degree helped them enhance their skills and accelerate their careers.

This video was led by instructor Gary Greenbaum and developed by the following students: Cameron Drezelo, Fanny Fellevik, Hana Fox, Sarah Hoye, and James Whalen. Please note that the clip was created by students in the Digital Video concentration for their course in Documentary and Nonfiction Production.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media General Requirements

Required Core Courses

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 of the following options:

Thesis Option

DGM 6890 - Thesis Proposal Development
2.00
DGM 7990 - Thesis
4.00 - 6.00
 

Capstone Option

DGM 7980 - Capstone
6.00
 

Technical course from the workshops list

Elective

Complete one of the following: 

ALY 6110 - Data Management and Big Data
3.00
DGM 6125 - Time-Based Media
4.00
DGM 6322 - Advanced Digital Storytelling
4.00
DGM 6550 - Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation
4.00
DGM 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
3.00 - 4.00
ITC 6410 - Fundamentals of Human Behaviors for Interactive Systems
3.00
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
 

INPS 5184 Interdisciplinary Professional Foundations 

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 6506 - Introduction to Digital Video
2.00
DGM 6515 - Introduction to After Effects
2.00
DGM 6516 - Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR)
2.00
DGM 6892 - Capstone Project Preparation
2.00
TCC 6410 - Online Documentation
4.00
TCC 6620 - Collecting User Data
2.00
TCC 6630 - Introduction to XML
2.00
 

Concentrations

Concentration in 3D Animation

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
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 6410 - Game Design Technology Lab
4.00
DGM 6403 - Game Engine Fundamentals
4.00
Concentration in Interactive Design

Interactive Design

DGM 6461 - Interactive Information Design 1
4.00
 

Complete four courses from one of the following 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

Usability and Development Track

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

Complete the following: 

Required: 

DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
4.00

Electives

Complete 15-17 quarter hours from the following:

CMN 6040 - Consumer Behaviors in the Online Environment
3.00
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
CMN 6075 - Digital Marketing Analytics
3.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
DGM 6525 - Research Methods for Global User Experiences
4.00
DGM 6550 - Search Engine Optimization: Strategy and Implementation
4.00

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Did You Know?

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

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

Yes