Master of Science in Digital Media

 

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Program Description

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The Master of Science in Digital Media is a 37 credit program that prepares U.S. and international students having an undergraduate background in communications for successful careers in the field of digital media (video, audio, desktop publishing, and web technologies). The program's goal is to develop professionals who will be able to:

  • Explain and apply appropriate information technologies and to employ methodologies to help individuals or organizations achieve their goals and objectives through use of digital media;
  • Manage digital media resources of individuals or organizations;
  • Anticipate the changing direction of digital media;
  • Evaluate and communicate the likely utility of new technologies;
  • Live and work as a contributing, well-rounded member of society through ethical application of digital media resources.
In accomplishing these goals the program will:
  • Familiarize students with the technology/skills required to be sucessful in the field of digital media;
  • Provide hands-on experience that culminates in a practical project;
  • Enable students to integrate management skills and ethical perspectives into their study;
  • Prepare students for employment in the field of Digital Media.

Admission:

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.  In addition, applicants should have at least an undergraduate minor in Communication or one of its components.  Students are strongly encouraged to begin the program in the summer.

Curriculum:

The Master of Science in Digital Media may be completed in 12 to 18 months.  The program requires Core Competencies, Additional Competencies, Experiential, and Elective coursework in the Department of Communication and selected other units.  Two major projects utilizing multiple digital media components, with presentation to the faculty and students of the Department of Communication, are required.

COMM 500 Graduate Digital Media  3 credit

Core Competency Requirements

 16 credits

COMM 596    Video Editing 

 3 credits
COMM 597    Audio Editing
 3 credits
COMM 598    Desktop Publishing
 3 credits
COMM 599    Communication Through Web Design
 3 credits
COMM 600    Communication Technology Forum 
 1credit

Additional Competencies

 (minimum 3 cr. from each)
Social, Ethical and Legal Dimensions:
 
COMM 601  Social Networking  3 credits
COMM 602 Ethical Issues in Digital Media
 3 credits
COMM 603  Legal Environment of Digital Media
 3 credits
 Management:  
 ICP 620  Cross Cultural Management
 3 credits

 ICP 621  Organizational Leadership and Team Development

 3 credits
 IT 640  Information Management
 3 credits
 Communication:  
3 credits in COMM as approved by program director
 
 Experiential Training
 6 credits
 COMM 700 Graduate Project I in Digital Media
 3 credits
 COMM 701 Graduate Project II in Digital Media
 3 credits
 Electives (as approved by adviser)

 6 credits 

 From courses above or as approved by Program Director  

Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in Digital Media prior to graduation.  This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year is $560 per credit hour which is highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality.
Full-time graduate students pay a $183 general fee each fall and spring semester. Part-time graduate students pay a $100 general fee each fall and spring semester.  Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Because most course offerings are scheduled for the evening, many students hold part- or full-time employment during their study.

For more information about the Master of Science in Digital Media program
Interested students should request an information packet from the Graduate School through our website or by e-mailing Graduate.School@valpo.edu.

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