Digital Media Connect

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

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media Connect program offers students without prior programming experience the opportunity to break into the digital media field and gain experience using a variety of cutting-edge technologies and tools.

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital Media Connect program can help professionals without prior experience break into the Digital Media industry. Our curriculum is organized around core courses, concentration electives, and a capstone that can be completed as an individual thesis or a team project. This pathway provides 12 additional quarter hours of credit that are required to complete the degree.

For students considering a career change into digital media, the four foundation courses provide students a rigorous bridge that can help students connect their current background to a new digital media path. Courses focus on visual communications foundations, programming foundations, and web creation.

Our core courses in media creation, usability, design thinking and narrative structure provide a baseline for producing 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 design: visual design or usability and production. In the capstone experience, you’ll work with the guidance of faculty to channel your passion into a project that provides tangible evidence of your abilities.

Whether you are a full- or part-time student, our cohort structure allows you to build 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

  • 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

Please note: All of the required foundation courses are offered on ground only in Boston.

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

Electives

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 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
3.00

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
TCC 6620 - Collecting User Data
2.00
TCC 6630 - Introduction to XML
2.00

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 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
CMN 6035 - Legal, Policy, and Ethical Issues in the Digital Era
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
DGM 6285 - Interactive Marketing Fundamentals
4.00
DGM 6290 - Social Media and Brand Strategy Implementation
4.00
TCC 6710 - Content Strategy
4.00

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

2-3.5 years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

Yes