LIBERAL ARTS

Digital Media Degree

Liberal Arts Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Students who major in digital media 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. Digital media 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. 

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Why should I earn a digital media degree?

A Creative Life

Anyone can learn to work—but, as a digital media major, you’ll learn to be a maker and creator of the things that excite and inform the public.

Always Changing

Be on the cutting edge of technology when you work in an industry of early adopters and technology trend-setters.

Write The Story

As a journalist or content creator, you’ll tell the stories that shape human history—a rewarding and challenging call. 

What Can I Do With a Digital Media Degree

  • Journalist
  • Radio, television, or film producer
  • Social media manager
  • Event planner

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Why digital media at BVU?

Creative Spaces Abound

Geared Up: In your first week on campus, you’ll be handling professional photo, video, and sound equipment out in the field. You’ll start building your professional portfolio right away. Plus, you’ll have creative control to pitch your ideas and make them a reality in our state-of-the-art media studios.

January Interim Opportunity: You’ll learn from a Disney scholar and have an opportunity to go behind the scenes at Disney every January. 

Competitions: Travel to state, regional, and national competitions to showcase your original work.

Internships: Gain real-world experience with internship partners like PBS, Dreamworks, Viacom, Teen Vogue, the Green Bay Packers, and more.  

Showcase your talents: Students write, create, and produce at The Tack Online, KBVU 97.5 radio, and BVTV.

BVTV: BVTV puts professional equipment in your hands, with state-of-the-art cameras, powerful editing software, and HD production facilities.

SCJ Honor Society: The National Society for Collegiate Journalists honor society has a chapter right on campus. SCJ members annually attend and present at the national College Media Association conference.

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Share Remarkable Experiences.

TANNER HOOPS, Class of 2017

Tanner always dreamed of working for ESPN, and his BVU experience prepared him for an ESPN radio sports broadcaster position right after graduation. While at BVU, Tanner worked closely with faculty and staff, landed multiple internships, and got to broadcast multiple sports games on BVU's radio and television stations. 

BVU flat out nailed it for what I needed to know about technical work. They replicate what you have to do in a professional setting.

Digital Media Program Tracks and Courses

Build real-world skills for modern careers while focusing on an in-demand area of concentration:

Communication | Design | Performance | Music Production | Digital Media Programming | Business

  • Digital Media Major, with Concentrations (45 Credit Hours)

    6 Credit hours from:

    • 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: THME 121 Basic Movement Technique; THME 122 Basic Vocal Production and Technique; THME 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
  • Digital Media Minor (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

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most—if not all—of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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