Concordia College-New York’s Master of Arts in Digital Media is a 30 credit-hour degree program that can be completed fully online in 20 months. Each course is eight weeks in length. Please note the assignments in this curriculum require specific types of software and production equipment (see full list), and a high-speed Internet connection is highly recommended.
The graduate Digital Media curriculum is offered in the following sequence of classes, concluding with a two-course capstone project and thesis (NMC 621 and NMC 622) in which students develop original digital media projects that will be showcased for analysis and critique:
M.A. in Digital Media
NMC 531 (3)
Introduction to Digital Media
This course provides an analysis of the tools and technologies used to create digital media. Technologies are introduced, and their roles in how we create, disseminate and share media are explained. Emerging trends, ethical challenges and business models are considered. Essential vocabulary and tools are presented alongside opportunities to create and assess digital content. This course provides students with a foundation in tools and techniques used to publish digital content.
NMC 532 (3)
Digital Video Production
This course provides instruction in recording and editing digital video and explores digital video as a creative tool. Topics include production approaches, location shooting, studio production, lighting, sound, and editing. Students gain critical skills and theoretical knowledge through viewing and discussing key films and writings. Students complete three projects, culminating in a production of a short digital video.
NMC 533 (3)
Digital Media Marketing
Marketing practices have altered dramatically with the rise of social media and proliferation of mobile devices, platforms, and applications. Through a combination of case studies, best practice examples, and exercises, students will learn best practices and examples of social media marketing. This course examines strategic thinking, planning, organization, and implementation of social media marketing. The student will acquire fundamental skills and a working knowledge of digital media marketing strategy.
NMC 534 (3)
Graphic Design for Digital Media
In this class, students learn digital design fundamentals and discover what makes an effective graphic for digital media. Through hands-on class projects, students strengthen design communication skills and develop a style and competency while moving from concept to finished product. Students gain a working knowledge of industry standard software used for print, Web, animation, presentation, video production, and enhancement of traditional and digital photography. Students build on skills learned in introduction to Digital Media.
NMC 541 (3)
This course explores theory and practice of Interactive Multimedia. The course will focus on developing interactive experiences that are functional and engaging. Students will learn the fundamentals of interactive multimedia production from inception through completion, and will discuss not only the specifics on how to design interactive properties, but the strategies concerning how to make them work well from a marketing and user experience standpoint. This will be approached through the study of theory, design, usability, technique, and entertainment. Through a mixture of reading, writing and hands-on assignments, the students will develop a complete interactive multimedia finished project.
NMC 542 (3)
Principles of Game Design
This course addresses the fundamental principles of video game design. Students will examine best practices for game design, including key components of games, game concepts and worlds, storytelling and character development, and the role of the user interface in the gaming experience. Students develop an understanding of game theory and critique games across genres.
NMC 544 (3)
Psychology of Media
Media creates far-reaching cultural, political, and economic implications for society and the individual. This course examines the influence of media on psychological processes. Students will explore the impact of media on perception and learning, on self-concept and social and cultural norms, and communication. Through lectures, class discussions, and assignments, students will develop an understanding of the media landscape and its role in the development of self.
NMC 543 (3)
This course is an introduction to documentary film and video and to the cinematic and digital language that is central in our culture. Students produce short documentary movies, through guided phases of research, pre-production, and post-production. Students work individually and in groups to learn to develop their own concept, research a subject, interview subjects, and create visual and conceptual coherence. Skills in location scouting, lighting, shooting, editing, recording sound are taught. The course also presents an historical survey of the documentary film, addressing critical, theoretical, and ethical concerns in the production of nonfiction film.
NMC 621 (3)
Capstone Project and Thesis: Design and Draft
Capstone Project and Thesis: Design and Draft is the first of a two-part course sequence designed to demonstrate a student’s synthesis of knowledge and skills gained in the Digital Media Program. In this course students create a draft of both digital production and accompanying thesis. Production will demonstrate exemplary craft, execution, and presentation in any area of study within Digital Media. The thesis will defend the aesthetic direction of the work, and describe how research, skill acquisition and process are combined in the development of the Capstone Project. The project is student-driven and requires regular work-in-progress screenings and blog writing.
NMC 622 (3)
Capstone Project and Thesis: Completion and Delivery
Prerequisite: NMC 621 Capstone Project and Thesis: Design and Draft
Capstone Project and Thesis: Completion and Delivery is the second of a two-part course sequence designed to demonstrate a student’s synthesis of knowledge and skills gained in the Digital Media Program. In this course students produce the final version of both a digital production and accompanying written thesis. The production demonstrates exemplary craft, execution, and presentation in an area of study within Digital Media. The written thesis defends the aesthetic direction of the work, and describes how research, skill acquisition and process combine in the development of the Capstone Project. This course is built upon individual mentoring and culminates in the completion and delivery of the final project and thesis.