Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts

The Digital Media Arts program is dedicated to educating and training designers of the future. The degree is a blend of graphic design, interactive media, and animation with an emphasis on incorporating design theory and research as vital components of project development. 

Graduates from our program can work in a range of design careers and projects including: user interface design, type design, motion graphics, exhibit design, environmental graphics, package design, publications, illustration, branding, information design, as well as design entrepreneur.

The Digital Media Arts degree emphasizes 3 key component areas: 1. Discipline-Specific Knowledge, 2. Critical Thinking and 3. Communications skills. The lower division coursework introduces content associated with implementing problem-solving strategies and honing technical proficiency. The upper division coursework focuses on advanced training in print graphic design, digital applications including user interface design and interactive media, motion graphics, animation, branding, design research, and user-centered project development.

Minor in Digital Media Arts

The minor in Digital Media Arts is designed to augment existing degree programs by offering a selection of courses from the major. These courses introduce the student to a solid foundation in design and technical proficiency in design software.

Minor in Art

The Art Department program serves as the cultural arm of the university. The goal is to pursue students for the production, study, critiquing and teaching of the arts. Course work is designed to stimulate a greater awareness of the visual arts both past and present. The faculty of the School of Architecture believes that studies in the fine arts and art history are valuable to the liberal and professional education of all students. A number of courses and the Minor in Art are offered to the university community as opportunities to learn the basics of art or to develop and area of special ability by completing the requirements for the minor. Students wishing to participate in art classes or pursue a Minor in Art are urged to meet with the appropriate faculty or administrators of the program to develop a curriculum designed to suit their needs.

Suggested Degree Program Schedule

For the official requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts, see the Prairie View A&M University Catalog.

First Year – Freshman (Hours)

First Semester

  • ARTS 1113 Design I (3)
  • ARTS 1153 Drawing I (3)
  • ARTS 2223 History of Art I (3)
  • ENGL 1123 Freshman Composition I (3)
  • MATH 1103 Contemporary College Algebra (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • ARTS 1123 Design II (3)
  • ARTS 1173 Creative Thinking (3)
  • ARTS 2233 History of Art II (3)
  • ENGL 1133 Freshman Composition II (3)
  • PSYC 1113 General Psychology (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Year – Sophomore

First Semester

  • ARTS 2353 Color Theory (3)
  • DGMA 2173 Fundamentals of Digital Media (3)
  • ARTS 2283 African-American Art (3)
  • BIOL 1113 Biology (3)
  • HIST 1313 U.S. to 1876 (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • ARTS 2363 Sign + Symbols (3)
  • DGMA 2183 Fundamentals of Interactive Media (3)
  • ARTS 2313 Graphic Design History (3)
  • PHSC 1123 Physical Science I (3)
  • HIST 1323 The U.S. – 1876 to Present (3)

Total Hours = 15

Third Year – Junior

First Semester

  • DGMA 3123 Layout I (3)
  • DGMA 3323 Typography I (3)
  • DGMA 3343 Branding (3)
  • POSC 1113 American Government I (3)
  • ARTS 3193 Printmaking (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • DGMA 3133 Layout II (3)
  • DGMA 3333 Typography II (3)
  • DGMA 3353 Interactive Media (3)
  • POSC 1123 American Government II (3)
  • ARTS 4103 Creative Photography (3)

Total Hours = 15

Fourth Year – Senior

First Semester

  • DGMA 4143 Problems in Media Arts I (3)
  • DGMA 4163 Advanced Interactive Media (3)
  • DGMA 4183 Motion Graphics (3)
  • COMM 2603 Interpersonal Communication (3)
  • Free Art Elective (3)

Total Hours = 15

Second Semester

  • DGMA 4153 Problems in Media Arts II (3)
  • DGMA 4173 Social Media Design (3)
  • DGMA 4193 Senior Studio Thesis (3)
  • FINA 2103 Personal Financial Management (3)
  • Free Art Elective (3)

Total Hours = 15

Minor in Digital Media Arts Requirements, 18 SCHs

Required Courses:

  • ARTS 1113 Design I
  • ARTS 2313 Graphic Design History
  • DGMA 2173 Fundamentals of Digital Imaging
  • DGMA 2183 Fundamentals of Interactive Media

Choose two 3-hour courses from the list below:

  • ARTS 1123 Design II
  • ARTS 1173 Creative Thinking
  • ARTS 2363 Sign + Symbols
  • ARTS 3193 Printmaking
  • ARTS 4103 Creative Photography

Minor in Art, 18 SCHs

Required Courses:

  • ARTS 1113 Design I
  • ARTS 1153 Drawing I
  • ARTS 1203 Intro to Visual Arts
  • ARTS 2193 Painting

Choose two 3-hour courses from the list below:

  • ARTS 3113 Oil Painting
  • ARTS 3143 Sculpture
  • ARTS 3173 Watercolor
  • ARTS 3193 Printmaking
  • ARTS 3513 Craft Design
  • ARTS 4103 Creative Photography