Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree

Unleash your creativity and enhance your technical skills with our digital media and web technology degree.

Follow your interests and prepare for a career in digital design with UMUC’s bachelor’s degree program in digital media and web technology, which allow 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 pre-planning to concept design to final publishing. You’ll use industry-standard Adobe Creative Suite software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, 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, JavaScript, XML, PHP/MySQL, and ColdFusion
  • 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

A degree with a major in digital media and web technology requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 30 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 49 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 15 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). See overall degree requirements.

Courses in the Major

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

Web Design

Digital Design

  • Fundamentals of Electronic Publishing (CMST 310)
  • Advanced Electronic Publishing (CMST 311)
  • Image Editing (CMST 325)
  • Illustration Graphics (CMST 320)
  • Advanced Image Editing (CMST 425)
  • Principles of Multimedia I (CMST 341)
  • Motion Graphics I (CMST 351)

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 Course

Writing Courses

Arts and Humanities Courses

Behavioral and Social Science Courses

Biological and Physical Sciences Courses

Math Course

Computing Courses

Electives

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

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.