Digital Media

Digital Media Degree Emphasis

Digital Media Undergraduate Degree Emphasis

The core curriculum within the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies (GIT) includes courses common among all of our 6 emphasis areas. These courses are primarily introductory classes that provide students with the basic information and fundamental software skills that they need to succeed in the graphics industry. Within the core curriculum, there are also 2 upper division classes, an internship, and a capstone class. 

The Digital Media emphasis focuses on digital graphics which include digital photography, video and audio editing, special effects, 3D rendering, and animation.

The courses within this emphasis are listed below:

  • Audio/Video Software
  • Photography
  • Studio Product Photography
  • 3D Graphics
  • Commercial Photography
  • Digital Media Design
  • Portrait Photography
  • 3D Animation and Rendering

Digital Media major distinctives

Classes in the Digital Media emphasis combine the fundamentals of graphic communications design with technical skills and creativity. Together, students learn how to create, develop, and distribute dynamic digitally generated graphics.

Starting with foundation software studies, students quickly add studio photography, videography, video special effects, 3D rendering and animation to their list of practical skills and training. Students gain a vast array of knowledge in current industry trends and both current and emerging graphic technologies.

Students in this emphasis area develop skills for applying fundamental principles of design and storytelling while gaining hands-on experience with a variety of digital capturing equipment, digital editing applications, and best practices for portraying a digital story. Beyond this, students in this emphasis area develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to create compelling digital projects that move audiences toward a desired response.

Career Options for Digital Media majors

Upon graduation, you will be qualified for a variety of positions across multiple areas of the graphics industry, including, but not limited to, entertainment, business, advertising and education. In this fast-paced industry you will have the cutting edge skills employers are looking for and an advantage over the competition.

Career opportunities for Digital Media graduates vary and continue to grow as technology advances. Depending on your preference, many challenging and exciting options are available in the extremely versatile world of Digital Media.

Typical Positions/Areas in Digital Media:

  • Photographer
  • Photo Stager
  • Videographer
  • Video Editor
  • Post-Production Editor
  • Post-Effects Specialist
  • Motion Graphic Artists
  • Audio Editors
  • 3D Modeler
  • 3D Animator

Typical Employers in Digital Media:

  • Game Design Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • In-House Corporate Design Department
  • Design Studios/Consulting Firms
  • Education
  • Architectural Firms
  • Web Design Firms
  • Film and Effects Studios
  • Photography Studios
  • Motion Graphics Companies

Internship and research opportunities for Digital Media majors

As the need for Digital Media specialists expands, so does the range of companies and organizations recruiting Pittsburg State University Graphics Communications graduates. The Graphics and Imaging Technologies Department emphasizes industry relations for your benefit.

These regional, national and international companies understand the superior quality of a Graphic Communications degree with an emphasis in Digital Media from PSU. Industry leaders know that as a PSU graduate, you have the skills to get the job done right and the creative mind to produce projects that generate profits.

From small companies to large organizations, many opportunities await you at corporate partners such as these:

  • Pitsco
  • Depco
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • The Quest TV
  • Season Chasers TV
  • Names and Numbers
  • KOAM TV
  • Bernstein Rein
  • Sprint Publications and Advertising
  • Millers Professional Imaging
  • Leggett & Platt
  • Dimensional Innovations

Emphasis

Students take a selection of classes to complete Digital Media emphasis.

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Minor

Students take a selection of classes to complete Digital Media minor.

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