• Digital Media Arts Major
  • Digital Media Arts Major


    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.

    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.

    Students who wish to focus more intently around a specific form of digital media have the option to concentrate their study in either Graphic Design or Media Arts. These concentrations have specified course requirements in the arts context and studio areas. They also require additional courses from outside the DMA department. Details specific to the two concentration areas are outlined below the requirements for the standard DMA major.

     

    DMA Standard Major Requirements

    Arts Context (1 course)

    Choose one of the following:

    • Other 1000-level Art History course with preapproval from the DMA Chair

    Foundation Sequence (2 courses)

    Studio Courses (6 courses)

    Select six courses from the following list. Two courses must be at the 3000 level or above. At least three different technical areas must be represented in the selection of courses.

    • (also taught as ART 1900)
    • DMA 1980 - Topics: Physical Computing
    • (also taught as ART 3900)

    Theory (1 course)

    Interconnected Electives (2 courses)

    The two courses in this cluster expand and refine your understanding of digital media as a technological force across disciplines. Each student, working with an advisor, will design and plan a sequence of courses to meet this requirement. The two courses must reflect a cohesive intellectual investigation. At least one of the courses in this sequence must be at the 3000-level or above. The two course sequence must be approved by the Chair of the Digital Media Arts program.

    Capstone (2 courses)

    Concentration Options

    Students who wish to go beyond the standard DMA major and concentrate in either Graphic Design or Media Arts must complete the Foundation Sequence, Theory, Interconnected Electives, and Capstone requirements as listed above. Concentration-specific requirements for the Arts Context, Studio, and Additional Courses are listed below.

    Graphic Design Concentration

    Arts Context (1 course)

    Choose one of the following:

    Studio Courses (7 courses)

    • One Graphic Design Topics course
    • One additional 1000-level DMA studio course
    • One additional 3000-level DMA studio course

    Additional Courses (2 courses)

    Choose two of the following (only one drawing course may be used):

    • or
    • ARTH 3000-level course

    Media Arts Concentration

    Arts Context (1 course)

    Choose one of the following:

    Studio Courses (7 courses)

    • One additional 1000-level DMA studio course
    • One additional 3000-level DMA studio course

    Additional Courses (2 courses)

    Choose two of the following:

    • ART - studio arts elective
    • WRIT - creative writing elective
  • Career Development Center

    Learn more about career paths, transferable skills, and relevant organizations that relate to a major in Digital Media Arts.

    Download a career information sheet for your major from the Career Development Center. You may also contact the Career Development Center at 651-523-2302 or workshop@hamline.edu for more information.