Digital Media

Students are prepared to become professional multimedia storytellers. They become proficient with the tools of digital media including audio, video, digital photo, text, and a variety of software editing and publishing packages.

We're storytellers

Students who graduate with this major can pursue careers in journalism, radio/television/film production, social media management, event planning, sports communication and creative services.

We see media as a vehicle to share human stories that naturally serve to connect us all socially in the 21st century. The abilities to write, research, produce, edit, and disseminate those stories are in growing demand across all industries, and we produce professionals who can do so ethically and with the technical skill employers look for.

Tracks include:

  • Audio
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Digital Media Programming
  • Journalism
  • Music Production
  • Performance
  • Video
  • Web

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Digital Media Day

Storytelling by the Lake on Oct. 19

High school students interested in digital media should plan to attend Storytelling by the Lake: Digital Media Day on Thursday, Oct. 19. Participate in workshops in television, radio and photography run by current media students and faculty. Campus tours and scholarship interviews will also be available.

You’ll find students writing, producing, and creating at The Tack Online, KBVU 97.5 radio, and BVTV getting creative, showcasing their talents, and experimenting with creative ideas linked to BVU curriculum.

The National Society for Collegiate Journalists honor society has a chapter right on campus, supporting student media leaders! SCJ members annually attend and present at the national College Media Association conference.

BVTV puts professional video equipment in your hands, with state-of-the-art cameras, powerful editing software and HD production facilities. Your work will be seen across the street and around the world!

Don't Wait

In your first week on campus...

You’ll have stepped behind professional video cameras, taken microphones in hand, and headed into the field armed with DSLR cameras. We’ll help you build your portfolio as soon as you can.

Our students have creative control, pitch their own story ideas or original programming, then produce it with state-of-the-art technology in our media studios.

Exceptionally personalized

Individualized advising and collaboration are our game

Our program boasts a Disney scholar among its faculty and we offer an opportunity for students to go behind the scenes at Disney every January. With students constantly recognized for their experience and achievements, we’re always traveling to state, regional, and national competitions to show or original media work. In 2015-16, for example, our students won 59 awards from the Iowa College Media Association, the Society for Collegiate Journalists, the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Iowa Motion Pictures Association.


  • Grasshorse Studios
  • Dreamworks
  • Viacom
  • Teen Vogue
  • Green Bay Packers


  • Principal Financial Group, Specialty Benefits Division
  • World Bank, Digital Strategy and Product Manager
  •  The Cut at New York Magazine, Associate Market Editor

Graduate School

  • Northwestern University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Iowa
  • Syracuse University
  • University of South Dakota

Major in Digital Media (45 credit hours)

  • DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo
  • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video
  • DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
  • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
  • DIGI 105 Media Studio: Writing for Digital Journalism
  • DIGI 106 Media Studio: Information Gathering
  • DIGI 210 Media and Society
  • DIGI 220 New Media
  • DIGI 240 Digital Journalism
  • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
  • DIGI 400 Media Theory and Representation
  • DIGI 410 Media Project
  • DIGI 495 Media Internship
  • STPR 230 Public Relations Strategies

6 credit hours from

  • ARTD 355 Interactive Design
  • DIGI 301 Advanced Digital Photography
  • DIGI 302 Advanced Digital Video
  • DIGI 303 Advanced Digital Audio
  • STPR 330 Applied Strategic Communication

Completion of one focus track: 3 courses

Students select one focus track and complete three courses.

Focus Track 1: Communication

  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • COMM 302 Intercultural Communication
  • COMM 340 Civic Communication
  • COMM 350 Organizational Communication Theory and Practice
  • COMM 355 Conflict Management
  • COMM 374 Interviewing

Focus Track 2: Design

  • ARTD 180 Art Foundations: Drawing
  • ARTD 185 Art Foundations: 3D Design
  • ARTD 190 Art Foundations: Digital Design
  • ARTD 260 Typography
  • ARTD 270 Illustration & Storyboards
  • ARTD 350 Graphic Design
  • ARTD 355 Interactive Design or ARTD 360 Motion Graphics

Focus Track 3: Performance

  • THME 200 Fundamentals of Acting
  • THEA 300 Fundamentals of Directing
  • Three one-credit Acting Studio Courses: THEA 121 Basic Movement Technique; THEA 122 Basic Vocal Production and Technique; THEA 422 Acting for Media

Focus Track 4: Music Production

  • MUSC 110 Introduction to Digital Recording
  • MUSC 115 Advanced Digital Recording Techniques
  • MUSC 300 Creating Music/Effects for Video Games
  • MUSC 350 Understanding the Music Industry
  • MUSC 400 Introduction to Film Scoring

Focus Track 5: Digital Media Programming

  • CMSC 181 Computer Science I
  • CMSC 182 Computer Science II
  • CMSC 190 Introduction to Information Technology
  • CMSC 310 Algorithms
  • CMSC 321 Database Management Systems
  • CMSC 331 Web Application Development
  • CMSC 351 User Interface Design and Development

Focus Track 6: Business

  • ACCT 205 Financial Accounting
  • ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MGMT 306 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 315 Business Law I
  • MGMT 320 Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 375 Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 354 Sports Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior
  • MRKT 414 Selling

Minor in Digital Media (21 credit hours)

  • DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo
  • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video
  • DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
  • DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
  • DIGI 105 Media Studio: Writing for Digital Journalism
  • DIGI 106 Media Studio: Information Gathering
  • Electives in Digital Media to achieve 21 hours


Ms.   Jamii  Claiborne

Jamii Claiborne

Associate Professor of Digital Media

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Dr.   Andrea  Frantz

Andrea Frantz

Professor of Digital Media

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Mr.   Jerry  Johnson

Jerry Johnson

Assistant Professor of Digital Media

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Digital Media Students Receive 33 National Awards

The national honors, presented by the Society for Collegiate Journalists, included nine first place awards across online, television and radio.

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Digital Media Students Receive 33 National Awards

BVU Featured on the Today Show for "Rokerthon" Pitch

Buena Vista University students and faculty invited The Today Show to Storm Lake to set a lawn golf record during the program's "Rokerthon 3 event." BVU was the only college in Iowa featured in the segment.

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Digital Media Students Honored at ICMA Conference

Students in BVU's campus media organizations – KBVU, the University Cable Network and The Tack Online – received 27 awards in numerous categories, including several first place honors.

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Digital Media Students Honored at ICMA Conference