Hamline News

October 12, 2012

Digital Media Arts Professor Talks about the New Major

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Technology is ever-changing, and in today’s workforce it is important to have the skills to evolve along with it. That is one reason Hamline created the new Digital Media Arts major. The program is designed to prepare students to create as well as critically analyze the media landscape.

To help lead this new program, Hamline brought in Assistant Professor David Ryan. Ryan holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications and theater arts from Taylor University along with a master of fine arts in film from Ohio University. He has taught at various educational institutions such as Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Olaf College, and Pittsburgh Filmmakers.

“There are three main objectives for students who undertake the digital media arts major,” Ryan said. “Learn how to learn, receive hands on experience, and ask philosophical questions.”

During their time in the program, students will take traditional fine arts courses and a variety of other technically-oriented classes to give them both a strong academic foundation and tangible professional skills. Some courses include interactive web design, video production, video editing, and digital photography. The major was intentionally designed to be interdisciplinary, so students will also take courses in a variety of other areas.

“Students will learn both in and out of the classroom and see what’s out there commercially and in digital media as art,” Ryan said. ”I want them to feed their creative spirit.”

For more information on the program, visit the Digital Media Arts web page. You can find out more about professor Dave Ryan's background and experience on his faculty page.