• Digital Media Arts

    For Future Artists

    Digital technology has radically altered the ways in which we understand, create and consume media arts. The courses offered through the Digital Media Arts department provide opportunities for young artists and designers to develop the formal and technical skills that will enable them to create works that engage and challenge a changing society.

    Majors will pursue one of four areas of specialization: video, audio, web, or graphic design. These areas are broadly defined and will commonly overlap, corresponding to students' specific skills, interests, and goals. The courses in this discipline emphasize the integration of theory and practice.

    Hamline's digital media arts major is ideal for future artists, designers, makers, and professionals who will become immersed in the vanguard of current and developing media arts practices, such as audio-visual installation, net art, interactive media design, performance, 3D printing, sound art, and physical computing. Department faculty are engaged with emerging digital media forms and theory, which positions students on the leading edge of a rapidly evolving media arts landscape.

    Direct Feedback

    The DMA major focuses on the development of creative, technical, and critical skills while providing students with hands-on learning experiences and regular evaluation as they progress through their coursework. Students will receive further individualized feedback on their work through routine portfolio reviews; special emphasis is placed on developing robust portfolios to help students achieve their creative and professional goals as well as prepare them for postgraduate study.

    Faculty in the Digital Media Arts program include artist/practitioners in a range of fields as well as scholars engaged in analyzing the ways digital media is changing society.

    Wide Breadth of Knowledge

    The major also develops the broad critical skills central to the liberal arts. It is intentionally interdisciplinary, and students will pursue the major in explicit relation to other fields, such as Performing Arts, Studio Arts, Art History, Anthropology, English, Social Justice, Computer Science, Film Studies, and Critical Media Theory.


  • News

    Juan Grimaldo graduated from Hamline in 1990 with a double major in communication studies and French and later returned to Hamline to earn his Master of Arts in Management. His career has been diverse in terms of work and geography, and he is currently the senior press information specialist for the U.S. embassy in Bogota.

    On December 13, student projects from the fall semester were showcased through Open Studios hosted by the Digital Media Arts and the Studio Arts departments.

    Steve Stenzel, adjunct professor in the arts and digital media arts departments, currently has a piece on display at The Art of Teaching exhibition at Concordia College. You can see his work until the end of September. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10a.m.-4 p.m.