Digital Communication Certificate

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The graduate certificate in Digital Communication provides both continuing education for professionals in communication fields such as advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations, and also skills training in contemporary digital technology for communication professionals. This six course (24 credit hour) interdisciplinary certificate will help students understand how digital technology has affected communication practices across a range of subjects and disciplines, develop new technological practices that reflect changes in the field across a range of communication subjects, identify ethical perspectives and evaluate the ethical dimensions of digital technology and practice, and evaluate professional-level communication skills and technological practices in order to become better communicators in digital environments.​

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 570INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CMN4
Select three digital technology focused courses among offerings in Journalism (JOUR), Media and Cinema Studies (MCS), and Public Relations and Advertising (PRAD). Pre-approved courses include:12
REPORTING FOR CONVERGED NEWSROOMS
MULTIMEDIA NEWS PRODUCTION
VISUAL COMMUNICATION
DATA JOURNALISM
MULTI-PLATFORM NEWS EDITING
ONLINE NEWS BUREAU
JOURNALISM BY NUMBERS
JOURNALISM & FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
FROM FRANKLIN TO THE INTERNET: A HISTORY OF AMERICAN JOURNALISM
MASS COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS
TOPICS IN MEDIA STUDIES 1
NEW MEDIA AND CULTURE
FANDOM AND ACTIVE AUDIENCES
DIGITAL MEDIA ETHICS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC RELATIONS & ADVERTISING 1
Select one Digital Media Arts (DMA) course from the College of Computing and Digital Media's School of Design. Pre-approved courses include:4
DESIGN WORKSHOP
AUDIO WORKSHOP
STILL IMAGE WORKSHOP
MOVING IMAGE WORKSHOP
WEB/MEDIA DELIVERY WORKSHOP
FOUNDATION OF DIGITAL MEDIA
CREATIVE PROCESS AND STRATEGY
Select one additional elective course from the digital technology focused courses in JOUR, MCS or PRAD, DMA courses in the School of Design, or pre-approved courses in allied fields.2 Pre-approved allied field courses include:4
TOPICS IN PUBLISHING
WRITING FOR THE WEB
TOPICS IN PROFESSIONAL AND DIGITAL WRITING
DIGITAL STORYTELLING
CONTENT STRATEGY
WRITING ACROSS MEDIA