Digital Media Connect

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Boston
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Why Digital Media?

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media’s Connect program offers students without prior experience in core technical and/or creative concepts a bridge pathway into the degree. These 12 additional quarter hours of credit offered as four foundation courses provide intensive, hands-on guidance into the essential knowledge required for the MPS Digital Media curriculum.

For students considering a career change into digital media, this bridge will help you connect your current background to a new digital media path. Courses focus on visual communications, programming foundations and web creation. Once the bridge courses are completed, students move into the main MPS Digital Media degree course requirements.

  • For those with prior programming, coding, and visual communications experience who want to study 100% online, please visit the MPS Digital Media online page.
  • For those with prior programming, coding, and visual communications experience who want to study on-ground, in Boston, please visit the MPS Digital Media Boston page.

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Unique Features

  • Change careers and break into the digital media industry without getting a second bachelor's degree — prospective students should be aware that there are 12 quarter hours required of programming course work that should be completed in their first quarter of the program
  • Four foundation courses provide students rigorous bridge courses to help students connect their current background to a new digital media path
  • In-depth Capstone experience working under the guidance of a faculty advisor
  • Six elective 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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Design and produce interactive websites and application prototypes incorporating a variety of digital media based on established HCI (Human Computer Interaction) principles, theory, and research.
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Assess broad communication and entertainment project goals to then design a variety of interactive digital media projects drawing on the perspectives and methods of several interrelated creative fields.
  3. Applied and Collaborative Learning
    Apply digital media narrative principles and a range of technologies, visual, design, and programming ideas to provide creative and timely solutions for practical digital media challenges.
  4. Civic and Global Learning
    Develop a formal proposal, real or hypothetical, addressing a challenge or opportunity in cross-cultural and global information and communication.
  5. Experiential Learning
    Synthesize and transfer learning to new, complex situations within course work or beyond the classroom.

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This program is appropriate for individuals with backgrounds in communications, graphic design, marketing, journalism, gaming, video, or science and technology.

An undergraduate degree is required. It is recommended that you enter the program with foundational knowledge of visual communications or programming (such as an undergraduate art or computer science course). However, introductory courses in both subjects are offered as part of the program for students with no formal experience.


What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media Connect General Requirements

Foundation Courses

DGM 6105 - Visual Communications Foundation
4.00
DGM 6108 - Programming Foundations for Digital Media
4.00
DGM 6109 - Lab for DGM 6108
2.00
DGM 6501 - Web Creation Boot Camp
2.00

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

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 6620 - Collecting User Data
2.00
TCC 6630 - Introduction to XML
2.00
TCC 6410 - Online Documentation
4.00

Concentrations

3-D 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
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
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
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
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 & 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
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 6075 - Digital Marketing Analytics
3.00
CMN 6065 - Implementation and Management of Social Media Channels and Online Communities
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

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 56 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

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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

2-3.5 years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

Yes