Education & Social Sciences

Digital Media Arts


Program Opportunities

  • Major in Digital Media Arts
  • Minor in Digital Media Arts


Digital Media Arts is an interdisciplinary major at the intersection of art and media studies. Digital Media Arts students create and interpret messages that are part of our increasingly interconnected world, and gain experience with the tools of that world. Students use audio, video, photography, graphics, digital platforms, and text in ways that prepare them for careers in graphic design, multimedia art, video and digital editing, web app development and social media. Students who also pursue the Public Relations minor will be well-prepared for careers in public relations. 

Digital Media Arts is concerned with the combinations of images, sounds, and words that fill our digital devices and lives, and how we can create digital content that meets our professional, civic, and entertainment needs. Digital Media Arts students create and refine a portfolio of artifacts—images, videos, websites, and apps—that they can show potential employers. They also showcase some of their work on Spartan Stream, Manchester University’s streaming and podcasting service.

Careers in Digital Media Arts

  • Media Producer
  • Media Buyer
  • Media Planner
  • Broadcaster
  • Sportscaster
  • News Anchor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Photojournalist
  • Videojournalist
  • Social Media Analyst
  • Social Media Manager
  • Advertiser
  • Video Game Designer
  • Digital Video Editor
  • Web Developer
  • Digital Marketing Coordinator

Program Highlights

  • Required courses (36 credit hours) cover a wide range of media fields, including graphic design, digital photography, media literacy, digital storytelling, intercultural communications and more.
  • Students can choose elective courses in mobile app development, social media, public relations, creative writing, and video games and virtual identity.

Why Manchester?

The Digital Media Arts major blends professional “must have” courses with elective courses that allow you to customize your study. You’ll use the Digital Editing Center, which is outfitted with cutting-edge media production equipment, including software such as Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro, Canon cameras, Zoom audio recorders, Huion drawing pads, LS lighting kits and Apple TV. You’ll also post your work on Spartan Stream, where it can be accessed by the campus community, potential employers and business partners.