Unleash your creativity and enhance your technical skills with our online digital media and web technology degree.
Follow your interests and prepare for a career in digital design with University of Maryland Global Campus's Bachelor of Science in digital media and web technology, which allows you to explore web or digital design. You’ll learn how to create digital works using industry-standard software and incorporating design theory and efficient workflows. Through your coursework, you can gain hands-on experience in web design, electronic publishing, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.
These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.
This program is also available as a minor.
About the Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree
In your online digital media courses, you'll learn the theories, technologies, techniques, and best practices that govern the effective design of interactive, immersive, and engaging digital media across many different platforms. We'll lead you through the entire design process, from preplanning to concept design to final publishing. You'll use industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, and After Effects, to create real-world design projects.
What You'll Learn
Through your coursework, you will learn how to
- Design, develop, and manage digital media using current and emerging technologies that adhere to industry standards
- Analyze needs and effectively manage projects and resources, applying sound business principles and technology
- Design and develop digital, interactive, and web-based media to meet customer requirements and usability standards
- Develop, test, and implement web and multimedia applications using techniques for scripting and programming
- Effectively apply relevant theories, practices, and principles when designing and developing works of digital media
In past projects, students have had the opportunity to
- Use Adobe InDesign to create publications for print, web, and mobile devices
- Create a business kit including a company logo, letterhead, business card, and envelope for a client
- Create simple animation and motion graphics that featured animated text, digital video, flash animation, and more
Digital Media and Web Technology Bachelor's Degree Requirements
Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.
Courses in the Major
This program requires 30 credits of coursework in the major.
- CMST 290
- CMST 295
- CMST 495
- Any upper-level CMST courses (21 credits): Focused study in either web design or digital design recommended; see Degree Focus tab
Choose from one of these recommended groups of classes or mix and match to align with your career goals and interests.
Web Design Focus
- CMST 385
- CMST 386
- CMST 325
- CMST 320
- CMST 388
- CMST 450
- CMST 488
Digital Design Focus
- CMST 310
- CMST 311
- CMST 325
- CMST 320
- CMST 425
- CMST 341
- CMST 351
This program requires 49 credits of minor and/or elective coursework.
General Education Requirements
This program requires 41 credits of general education coursework.
Research and Computing Literacy
- PACE 111T or other PACE 111 course
(to be taken in first 6 credits)
- LIBS 150, CAPL 398A, or other general education elective
- CMST 301 or another computing course appropriate to the major
- WRTG 111 or other writing course
- WRTG 112
- SPCH 100 or other communication, writing, or speech course
- WRTG 393 or other advanced upper-level writing course
- MATH 107 or other approved math or statistics course
Arts and Humanities
- HIST 125 or other arts and humanities course
- HUMN 100 or other arts and humanities course
Behavioral and Social Sciences
- ECON 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
- BEHS 103 or other behavioral and social sciences course
Biological and Physical Sciences
- One of the following pairs of lecture and laboratory courses in the same session:
- BIOL 101 and BIOL 102
- NSCI 100 and NSCI 101
- Other paired science lecture and laboratory courses taken in the same session
- GEOL 100 or other science lecture course
Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may require you to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options. Please also see more information on alternate courses (where allowable) to fulfill general education requirements.
Overall Bachelor's Degree Requirements
In addition to the general education requirements and the major, minor, and elective requirements, the overall requirements listed below apply to all bachelor's degrees.
- You must complete a minimum of 120 credits.
- You must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall and a minimum grade of C for any class applied to the academic major or minor.
- Within the 120 credits required, the following coursework must be taken through UMGC:
- 30 credits (normally the final 30)
- Half of the required number of credits within both the major and the minor
- 15 credits at the upper level (earned in classes numbered 300 to 499), preferably within the major or minor
- At least 45 credits must be upper level and include at least half of the credits required for the major. The remaining upper-level credits can be earned in any part of the curriculum.
- At least half the required number of credits for any academic major or minor must be earned through graded coursework. Credit earned by examination, portfolio assessment, or noncollegiate training does not count as graded coursework.
Double majors: You can earn a dual major upon completion of all requirements for both majors, including the required minimum number of credits for each major and all related requirements for both majors. The same class cannot be used to fulfill requirements for more than one major. Certain restrictions (including use of credit and acceptable combinations of majors) apply for double majors. You cannot major in two programs with excessive overlap of required coursework. Contact an admissions advisor before selecting a double major.
Second bachelor's degree: To earn a second bachelor's degree, you must complete at least 30 credits through UMGC after completing the first degree. The combined credit in both degrees must add up to at least 150 credits. You must complete all requirements for the major. All prerequisites apply. If any of these requirements were satisfied in the previous degree, the remainder necessary to complete the minimum 30 credits of new classes should be satisfied with classes related to your major. You may not earn a second bachelor's degree in general studies and may not obtain a second associate's degree within the second bachelor's degree. Contact an admissions advisor before pursuing a second bachelor's degree.
Electives: Electives can be taken in any academic discipline. No more than 21 credits can consist of vocational or technical credit. Pass/fail credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits, can be applied toward electives only.
This program is designed to help prepare you to work in areas such as web design, electronic publishing, motion graphics, multimedia, animation, and graphic design.
About the Faculty
Our world-class faculty members combine academic credentials with a wealth of experience in the field.
Faculty members in this program hold or have recently held positions including
- Associate director of application development
- Director of web strategy
- Graphic designer
- Media arts manager
- Senior associate/technical lead
- Web application developer
- Web content administrator
- Web developer
Our faculty work or have worked at organizations including
- American Council on Education
- American Society of Health System Pharmaceuticals
- Baltimore City Community College
- Corporate Zen Inc.
- ICF International
- KEYW Corporation
- Lynn University
- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission