Follow your interests and prepare for a career in digital design with UMGC’s bachelor’s degree program in digital media and web technology, which allows you to explore web or digital design.

You'll learn how to create digital works using industry-standard software and incorporating design theory and efficient workflows. Through your coursework, you can gain hands-on experience in web design, electronic publishing, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

In your digital media courses, you’ll learn the theories, technologies, techniques, and best practices that govern the effective design of interactive, immersive, and engaging digital media across many different platforms. We’ll lead you through the entire design process, from preplanning to concept design to final publishing. You’ll use industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, and After Effects, to create real-world design projects.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design, develop, and manage digital media using current and emerging technologies that adhere to industry standards
  • Analyze needs and effectively manage projects and resources, applying sound business principles and technology
  • Design and develop digital, interactive, and web-based media to meet customer requirements and usability standards
  • Develop, test, and implement web and multimedia applications using techniques for scripting and programming
  • Apply relevant theories, practices, and principles effectively when designing and developing works in digital media

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design websites and web applications using HTML5, cascading style sheets (CSS), JavaScript, XML, and PHP/MySQL
  • Use Adobe InDesign to create publications for print, web, and mobile devices
  • Create a business kit including company logo, letterhead, business card, and envelope for a client
  • Create simple animation and motion graphics that featured animated text, digital video, flash animation, and more

Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

  • CMST 290
  • CMST 295
  • CMST 495

Any upper-level CMST courses (21)—Focused study in web or digital design recommended, as follows:

Web Design

  • CMST 385
  • CMST 386
  • CMST 325
  • CMST 320
  • CMST 388
  • CMST 450
  • CMST 488

Digital Design

  • CMST 310
  • CMST 311
  • CMST 325
  • CMST 320
  • CMST 425
  • CMST 341
  • CMST 351

Electives

The bachelor's degree in digital media and web technology requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.

General Education Requirements

Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. See information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements (in communications, arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological and physical sciences, mathematics, and interdisciplinary issues).

Research and Computer Literacy Courses

  • PACE 111M
    or PACE 111T
    or other PACE 111 course
    (to be taken in first 6 credits)
  • LIBS 150
    or CAPL 398A
    or other general education elective
  • CMST 301
    or another computing course appropriate to the academic major

Communications Courses

  • WRTG 111
    or WRTG 291
    or other writing course
  • WRTG 112
  • SPCH 100
    or other communication, writing, or speech course
  • WRTG 393
    or other advanced upper-level writing course

Math Course

  • MATH 107
    or other approved math or statistics course

Arts and Humanities Courses

  • HIST 142
    or HIST 157
    or other arts and humanities course
  • HUMN 100
    or foreign language course or other arts and humanities course

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

  • ECON 201
    or PSYC 100
    or other behavioral and social science course
  • GVPT 170
    or other behavioral and social science course

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

  • BIOL 101
    and BIOL 102
    or other paired science lecture and laboratory courses
  • NUTR 100
    or BIOL 160) or other science lecture course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to work in areas such as web design, electronic publishing, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.