Digital Media and Design

Course descriptions

Degrees Offered

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media and Design
  • Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Design

Admission

Slideroom portfolio review.

Information Literacy and Writing in the Major Competency Requirements

Basic information literacy skills will be addressed in DMD 1001, 1002, 1101, 1102, and 2010. Students must successfully complete DMD 3010W.

Note: Each student must own a personal portable computer that meets or exceeds posted departmental performance standards. Students are also responsible for purchasing the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud for education apps and installing it on their personal computer.

Concentrations

Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Motion Design and Animation
  • 3D Animation
  • Digital Film/Video Production
  • Digital Game Design
  • Web Design/Interactive Media Design

Bachelor of Arts

  • Digital Culture, Learning, and Advocacy
  • Digital Media Business Strategies
  • Digital Media and Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts Foundations/Core Requirements

All B.F.A. students share a common curriculum of 45 credits.

Foundation Courses: DMD 1001, 1002, 1101, 1102.

Core: DMD 3010W, 3040.

Senior Capstone: DMD 4025 and six credits of 4075.

Art Requirements: ART 1030; one Basic Studio* for three credits from ART 2010, 2210, 2410, 2510, 2610. *Note: The basic studio requirement should be completed no later than the fourth term.

Art/Design/Digital Media/Film History or Theory: DMD 2010 and nine additional credits from the approved list.

Areas of Concentration (33 credits)

All concentrations consist of 33 credits of 1000/2000/3000/4000-level courses including all necessary prerequisites within area of DMD concentration as specified below.

Motion Design and Animation Requirements

DMD 2200, 2210, 22303200, and 21 credits of 2000-level or higher Motion Design and Animation electives, as approved by advisor. Twelve of these credits must be at 3000-level or higher.

3D Animation Requirements

DMD 2200, 2300, 2310, 2320, 3310, and 18 credits of 2000-level or higher 3D Animation electives, as approved by advisor. Nine of these credits must be at 3000-level or higher.

Digital Film/Video Production Requirements

DMD 2200, 2210, 3230, a course in cinematography, a course in sound design, and 18 credits of 2000-level or higher Film/Video electives, as approved by advisor. Nine of these credits must be at 3000-level or higher.

Digital Game Design Requirements

DMD 1060, 2500, 2530, 2542, and 21 credits of 2000-level or higher Game Design electives, as approved by advisor. Twelve of these credits must be at 3000-level or higher.

Web Design/Interactive Media Design Requirements

DMD 1060, 1070, 3470, 3475, a course in design aesthetics and 18 credits of 2000-level or higher Web/Interactive electives, as approved by advisor. Nine of these credits must be at 3000-level or higher.

Independent Study

(DMD 3099) Open to fifth semester students or higher with a minimum departmental grade point average of 3.0 and no outstanding incompletes for any other independent study courses. Limited to a maximum of 15 credits total.

Internships

(DMD 4081) Fourth semester or higher students meeting departmental academic standards may earn credit for an external or internal internship.

Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Senior Project (“C” or better required for graduation).
  • Exhibited work in annual B.F.A Exhibition.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Bachelor of Arts Foundations/Core Requirements: All B.A. students share a common curriculum of 24 credits: DMD 1001, 1002, 1101, 1102.

Foundation Courses: DMD 1001, 1002, 1101, 1102.

Core: DMD 3010W, 3040.

Art/Design/Digital Media/Film History or Theory: DMD 2010 and three additional credits from the approved list.

Areas of Concentration (18-21 credits)

All concentrations consist of a minimum of 18 credits of 1000/2000/3000/4000-level courses including all necessary prerequisites within area of DMD concentration. Students must choose one of the concentrations listed below.

Digital Culture, Learning, and Advocacy Requirements

Core (12 credits): an introductory course, DMD 3620, and DMD 4086 (to be taken twice in two consecutive semesters for a total of six credits).

Technical Specialization: choose two 2000-level or above courses for a total of 6 credits in one of the following DMD concentrations: Motion Design and Animation, 3D Animation, Digital Film/Video Production, Digital Game Design, or Web Design/Interactive Media Design.

Additionally, students will develop a core competency in a humanities or social science discipline consistent with their interests and career goals and chosen in consultation with their advisor. This chosen area of competency also provides the foundation for the Senior Thesis. Competency areas might include Anthropology, Latino Studies, Human Rights, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Urban and Community Studies, History, English, Sociology, Social Justice Organizing, etc.

Digital Media Business Strategies Requirements

Core (12 credits): DMD 2700, 2710, 3720, 3730.

Intro to Area of Concentration: choose one course from DMD 1060, 1070, 2200, 2210, 2300, or 2500.

DMD Electives: Six credits of DMD electives, as approved by advisor. Three of these credits must be of 3000-level or higher.

Digital Media and Design Requirements

Intro to Areas of Concentration: choose two courses from DMD 1060, 1070, 2200, 2210, 2300, 2500, or 2700.

DMD Electives: 15 credits of Digital Media and Design courses as approved by advisor. Nine of these credits must be at 3000-level or higher.

Independent Study

(DMD 3099) Open to fifth semester or higher students with a minimum departmental grade point average of 3.0 and no outstanding incompletes for any other independent study courses. Limited to a maximum of 15 credits total.

Internships

(DMD 4081) Fourth semester or higher students meeting departmental academic standards may earn credit for an external or internal internship.

Note: The Digital Media and Design Department reserves the right to retain student work for exhibition purposes, online program promotion, and classroom demonstration.

Supplemental Academic Standards

Digital Media and Design majors must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.7 for all graded coursework at the University of Connecticut. Digital Media and Design majors must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 based on all courses required within the Digital Media and Design majors.

At the end of each semester, students with a grade point deficiency will be placed on departmental scholastic probation. During the subsequent semester, the student will have the opportunity to improve their standing. In the event that the student’s standing does not rise to the minimum level, they will be subject to dismissal from the Digital Media and Design major.

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