The mission of the digital media minor is help you learn how to think critically about and use emerging digital communication channels in a wide variety of careers and settings.
From an academic perspective, it’s an interdisciplinary experience that will augment your major field of study by teaching you the basic theoretical, conceptual, and practical skills necessary to build and tell stories in a digital environment.
From a practical perspective, the digital media minor prepares you to bring the power of design thinking, storytelling, and emerging media to your chosen field.
The three core courses—an introduction to digital media, storytelling, and a capstone project—will teach you how to approach problem-solving in the digital world by immersing you in the design process from conception to implementation. You'll learn how to turn your ideas into projects, how to assess your failings, how to engage with people who will use your projects, and how to work and create in the group environment. Most importantly, you will learn the techniques used by designers and producers who work in digital media.
One of the most sought-after skills in the Information Age is the ability to tell compelling stories. As people have migrated from paper to electronic screens, they expect to engage with what they see. As a result, storytelling must be part of the early design process. In each of the 200-, 300-, and 400-level classes, you will learn basic principles of storytelling so that you can breathe life into your ideas. See for yourself by viewing examples of student work.
The premise of our course work is built on the idea that students need to learn design philosophy of specific media fields and the basic functionalities of emerging media software. For instance, we aren't training you to be an expert audio engineer in one semester. Instead, you'll learn the principles of audio design, and you'll learn how to use various audio editing tools so that you can create basic projects. You'll also have access to a plethora of tutorials if you want to learn more. This means our program can easily adapt to changes in the commercial software marketplace while also giving you a foundation in design.
Because the digital media minor is based on thinking and building within the digital world, all of the courses for the minor are online. This offers you the opportunity to work and interact in the virtual spaces in which you are learning to create.
And because the minor is online, this gives you more flexibility in fitting courses into your already busy schedule of core and major courses.
Our faculty are committed to working with you individually to make sure you have a full and rich experience. Even though course work is online, we will continue to have in-person gatherings, special project courses, and information sessions to ensure that you have the opportunity to work together in person if you decide you want to pursue those as well.
Want to know more before making a decision about adding a digital media minor? Contact us.
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